Thiel vs. Albion
February 17, 2012
The Game Story:
GREENVILLE, Pa. – A seven-goal third period helped lift Albion College to a 17-8 victory over Thiel in Friday's 2012 men's lacrosse season opener.

Stephen Treppa had five goals and an assist to lead the visiting Britons (1-0) offensively. Tim Urso added four goals and a pair of assists while Gerard Battersby and Tyler Kilpatrick each added three goals.

Alexander Dziewit totaled eight ground balls while finishing 6-of-8 on face-offs while Battersby and Dan Genord combined for 10 ground balls and went 12-of-18 on face-offs.

Defensively Kyle Formanczyk earned the victory for Albion, notching nine saves.

Carmen Papa (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca Central) and Francis Ahia (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) tallied three goals apiece to pace the Tomcats. Brent Nicholson (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and Kadeem Evans (Cleveland, Ohio/Shaker Heights) each added a goal while Thomas Petrullo (Wantagh, N.Y./General Douglass Macarthur) posted two points on a pair of assists.

Ahia and Zachary Macurak (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park Senior) each collected five ground balls while Ryan Weldon (Centereach, N.Y./Newfield) posted 19 saves in defeat.

Papa's unassisted score with 9:22 remaining in the second period pulled Thiel even with Albion at 4-4, but goals by Battersby (8:27) and Treppa (7:15) saw the Britons push out to a 6-4 advantage. Nicholson's score with just over four minutes to go until the half saw the Tomcats get back to within one, 6-5, heading into the break.

Ahia third goal of the contest with 10:26 remaining in the third tied the game at 7-7, but the Britons scored the final six goals of the period to take a 13-7 lead into the fourth.

Albion went on to outscore Thiel 4-1 in the fourth to claim the 17-8 win.

The Tomcats (0-1) will return to action on Saturday, February 25 when they play host to Hanover College. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.