Lycoming vs. Messiah
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. --- It was no April foolís joke, the Lycoming College menís lacrosse team was nothing but dominant on Wednesday, April 1. Behind the goal scoring of Ricky DeNenno, Nate Walter and Ed Williams, the Warriors upended Messiah College 19-9 in a crucial conference match up.

With the win, Lycoming is now on a four game win streak, and is now 6-4 overall and 4-1 while Messiah drops to 5-4 and 3-2 in league play. This is the first time since 2002 that the Warriors defeated Messiah, doing so twice in that season, 8-6 in the regular season and 13-7 in the MAC semifinals.

The Falcons were the first to the scoreboard, but after that it was all Lycoming, rattling off six straight goals. DeNenno scored two of his five goals back-to-back at 12:34 and 9:04, with Williams earning the first of his impressive five assists. Dave Labagh skipped the ball into the goal to give the home team a 3-1 lead. Walter and DeNenno rounded out the first quarter with goals, putting Lycoming up 5-1.

Six goals in the second quarter boosted Lycoming to an 11-5 halftime lead. Williams started the action on an assist from Brad Schaeffer. Shea Conway scored the first of three Lycoming man up goals, assisted by Williams. Williams, DeNenno and Walter finished the half with a goal each.

Schaeffer open the second half, with Labagh assisting the play. Steve Henz found the net on a man-up situation to go up 13-5. Walter and Williams connected with 4:47 left in the third. Conway and Walter each tallied a goal under 30 seconds in the period. Labagh and Williams were the only two Warrior goals of the fourth quarter.

The Warrior squad picked up 42 groundballs, with Mike Doherty setting the pace with nine. Williams finished the day with eight points. The Warrior defense was led by Kyle Gilfoy, who made eight saves while Luke VanEmburg, Dan Conkright, Kevin Devenney and Kevin Moris all had two caused turnovers.

Lycoming will be back in action this weekend on Saturday, April 4 as it travels to DeSales for another conference match up. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.