Widener vs. Lycoming
May 1, 2012
The Game Story:
Junior Johnny Casey (Glenside, PA) had three goals and an assist during the decisive second quarter that had Widener on its way to a 17-7 victory over Lycoming in the Commonwealth Conference semifinals at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

Widener (8-7) improves to 23-3 in conference tournament games and will visit Albright on Thursday at 7:00 pm in the final. The winner of that game then faces either Eastern or FDU-Florham on Saturday for the Middle Atlantic Conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

This is the first year the MAC was broken up into the Commonwealth and Freedom Conferences.

It is the most goals the Pride have scored in a conference tournament game since a 19-17 win at Lycoming in the MAC semifinals on August 30, 2008. Widener also moves to 7-0 in the conference tournament against Lycoming.

Casey began his exploits with 9:38 to go in the second quarter, his second goal of the game that gave the Pride a 5-4 lead they would never relinquish. After senior Mark Kane (Morton, PA) and junior Josh Fox (Wynnewood, PA) tallied, Casey scored twice in the final two minutes of the period for a 9-4 Widener halftime lead.

Casey, freshman Kyle Blakemore (Ridley Park, PA) and senior Ryan Shewell (Ellicott City, MD) scored in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second half, capping a run which the Pride put home nine straight for a 12-4 cushion.

Casey’s five goals are one short of a season high. Kane had three goals and an assist, Shewell also recorded a hat trick with Blakemore and junior Ryan Eidenshink (Elkins Park, PA) each getting two goals. Sophomore Mac Nestler (Chatham, NJ) made nine saves.

Ethan Payne had a goal and an assist with Tim Clemente winning 10-of-21 face-offs for the Warriors (7-8), who had seven different goal scorers. Andrew Hauk came up with seven saves.