Medaille vs. Oberlin
April 23, 2008
The Game Story:
April 23 – Oberlin’s battered defense stepped up with its best performance of the season to lift the Yeomen to a 9-7 win over Medaille College to earn their first win of the season on Wednesday afternoon.

“This was a complete team effort and I am proud of the way these guys stepped up today,” head coach Kevin Walz said. “Sure we have had our fair share of injuries this season, but that is no excuse. We are thrilled with the result today and look forward to building off of this win for the remainder of the year.”

Drew Zambelli dominated the cage for the entire 60 minutes, turning away 22 shots by the Mavericks and scooping up eight ground balls.

Jesse Kane led the Yeomen offensive attack with three goals and two assists to go along with five ground balls.

Oberlin jumped out to an early 4-0 lead as it blanked Medaille through the first 15 minutes of play. However, the Mavericks didn’t go away quietly as they took advantage of a three-minute non-releasable penalty at the start of the second period to knot things up at four at the break.

The third period was played very closely as both teams continued to answer each others goals in the frame. After two quick Oberlin goals in the fourth period, the Yeomen defense locked down on the Mavericks to prevent any real threat in the final 15 minutes to allow OC to get of out town with its first victory.

Nick Zoroya got the Oberlin offense started by winning 9-of-13 face-offs on the afternoon.

As a team, the Yeomen fired 40 shots, tallied 47 ground balls, and converted 1-of-4 man-up opportunities.

Oberlin will return to action on Saturday, April 27 at St. Vincent College. The opening face-off is slated for 1 p.m.