Alvernia Opens with Victory over Penn State-Abington

Reading, Pa. (Mar. 1, 2011) - Junior defender Nick Wingate (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and freshman attack Sean Boyd (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) scored two goals apiece and Alvernia University (1-0) opened up the season with 6-2 win over Penn State-Abington (0-3) Tuesday evening in non-conference men's lacrosse action under the lights at Schlager Memorial Field.

Wingate scored the first goal of the game and the only one of the first quarter taking the clear by himself and ripping a jumper past the Abington netminder. The Crusaders went up 2-0 when fellow defender Dan Frantz (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) scored on a give-and-go from Brian Ray (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) 14 seconds into the second quarter.

Penn State's main threat, sophomore Justin O'Brien scored on a man-up laser three minutes later, but Alvernia closed the quarter with a pair of scores--the first from Boyd and the first of the season for Rick Reid (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner)--for a 4-1 lead at halftime.

Abington cut the gap to two on a goal from Andrew Hanningan early in the third, but Wingate slammed home a short angle goal on the man advantage with eight seconds left in the third, and Boyd's second--from Ray--was the only score of the fourth.

Alvernia junior Kevin Shupp (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) made five saves in net for the Crusaders to pick up the win. His counterpart Trevor Jones stopped nine for the Lions.

The win was the first for Alvernia head coach Rich Carrington who took over this past summer after starting the men's lacrosse program at Chestnut Hill College last spring.

Alvernia continues the season Sunday when it hosts Hilbert College for a game at noon.

2011-03-02



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