Thiel vs. Hanover
February 25, 2012
The Game Story:
GREENVILLE, Pa. — The Tomcat men's lacrosse team evened its record at 1-1 on the season, giving head coach Jeff Arneson his first career victory and pulling out a 9-6 win over visiting Hanover College on Saturday night in Greenville.

The Panthers of Hanover came out swinging in the first quarter of play as they notched the first goal just 2:12 into the contest on a shot by Josh Green. After a penalty on Jacob Paviol (Falls Village, Conn./Housatonic Valley Regional), Hanover took a two-goal lead on a man-up score by Matthew Weber. The Tomcats would fight back in the first quarter, as Andrew Shaver (Liverpool, N.Y./West Genesee) netted his first goal of the season on an assist by Francis Ahia (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) to cut the lead in half, 2-1. Carmen Papa (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca Central) then scored his fourth goal of the season with 30 seconds remaining in the initial frame to tie the contest at two.

Both teams showed a strong defensive effort to start the second quarter, but Papa was able to cut through the Hanover defense at the 8:34 mark as he scored his second-straight goal to give Thiel its first lead of the game, 3-2. Hanover would come back in the final minute of the half on Green's second goal of the game to tie the game at three heading into half time.

The third quarter belonged to the Tomcats as they outscored Hanover 3-1 coming out of the break. Three different Thiel players scored in the quarter: Ahia at the 12:12 mark, Paviol at the 8:38 mark, and Kadeem Evans (Cleveland, Ohio/Shaker Heights) just 29 seconds later with 8:09 left to play, giving Thiel a 6-4 edge. Once again Hanover answered late as Nick Hermes scored with 30 seconds remaining and Thiel went into the final frame up 6-4.

After Shaver's second goal of the contest with 11:13 left to play, the Panthers notched back-to-back goals to cut the game to a 7-6 score. With the game on the line, Papa scored his third goal of the contest with 3:11 left to play to give Thiel some breathing room at 8-6. The goal marked the second straight game that Papa notched a hat trick this season. Shortly after his goal, Shaver added some more insurance, locking in his first hat trick of the year, off of a pass by Ahia to finish the scoring at 9-6.

Along with his three assists, Ahia performed very well at faceoffs, winning 8-of-12 on the day. Both Papa and Shaver were very proficient in their shot selections as Shaver converted on 3-of-6 and Papa 3-of-7. In goal, freshman Ryan Weldon (Centereach, N.Y./Newfield) earned his first collegiate victory as he stopped 13-of-19 shots that he faced.

The Tomcats will be back in action on Wednesday, February 29 when the host Oberlin College. The contest in the Rissell-Schreyer Dome is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start time.