Bethany vs. Thiel
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
BETHANY, W. Va. – The Tomcat men's lacrosse team used a balance effort to surpass their win total from a year ago as they defeated the Bison of Bethany College 13-5 on Saturday afternoon in Bethany, W. Va.

Sam Raymond (Davis Park N.Y./Bellport Senior) led a group of seven goal scorers, including five that tallied two or more goals as he came away with the first hat-trick of his career, notching three on the day. He was joined by two goals from Francis Ahia (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills), Carmen Papa (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca Central), Andrew Shaver (Liverpool, N.Y./West Genesee), and Zachary Macurak (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), as well as a goal a piece by Thomas Petrullo (Wantagh, N.Y./General Douglass Macarthur) and Jacob Paviol (Falls Village, Conn./Housatonic Valley Regional).

Goalie Chris Haray (Bridgeport, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic) earned his second win of the season as he anchored the Tomcat defense with 13 saves. The Thiel defense also forced 19 Bison miscues in the victory.

Thiel started off the scoring in the first quarter as Papa notched his first of the game and was followed quickly by scores from Raymond and Shaver in the next four minutes to give Thiel the 3-0 with 2:54 remaining in the first quarter. Bethany cut the lead to 3-1 with 13 seconds remaining in the frame on a score by Trey Moore.

Over the next two quarters, the Tomcats took a commanding lead as they outscored Bethany 9-2 over the second and third quarters of play. Papa added his second goal in the second quarter and was joined by two goals apiece from Shaver and Macurak before the half. In the third quarter Raymond scored twice for his first career hat-trick and Paviol notched his third goal of the season as Thiel took the 12-2 lead. With the game out of reach, Bethany outscored the Tomcats 3-1 over the last quarter of play and the Tomcats took the victory 13-5.

Thiel will look to continue its winning ways when they travel to Vienna, W. Va. on Saturday, April 7 to take on Ohio Valley College. The Contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.