Knights Weather Storm, Defeat Dominican

Laurinburg N.C. The Knights of St. Andrews (4-4) took to the field Thursday afternoon to try to extend their three game winning streak to four as they faced off against visiting Dominican College, (2-2). Not only did the Knights have to deal with the superb all around play of Dominican, they were also battling a terrible rain storm that just would not seem to clear up.

The match was a slugfest from the very beginning with both teams getting good looks to score and delivering bone-crushing hits to each other as well. After the first thirty minutes the Knights found themselves at a 5-3 deficit going into the half.

As the second half was set to begin, the sky started to clear and St. Andrews came onto the field very determined to be the aggressors and that is exactly what they did. Defensively they held Dominican to only four shot attempts and one goal in the third quarter, while they were in the zone with twelve shot attempts and a staggering six goals. At the end of the third the Knights had taken the lead by the score of 9-6.

The fourth quarter then began and St. Andrews was firing on all cylinders. The Knights continued to win face-offs, move the ball efficiently, and snatch almost every groundball while also putting more goals on the board, scoring three more in the final period. St. Andrews went on to win the game 12-8.

The Knights played a solid team game spreading the ball around and making the extra pass. Freshman Cameron Walsh (Farmingville, NY), sophomore Daniel Shields (Mercer Island, WA), junior Chris Michela (Oak Hill, VA), and freshman Alex Tindall (Edmonds, WA) led the Knights by all netting two goals each.

Freshman Nick Hund (Snohomish, WA), senior Steve Tramonte (Coral Springs, FL), senior Michael Thomas, (Churchill, MD), and freshman Ryan Konig (Ellicott City, MD) rounded out the rest of the Knights scoring will one goal each respectively.

Defensively sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Davitt (Shoreview, MN) had another solid performance with twelve saves, and junior Stephen Murphy (Ossining, NY) showed tremendous hustle by acquiring 10 groundballs and winning 14 face-offs. St. Andrews hopes to continue in its winning ways when they play away on Saturday against Conference Carolinas rivals Pfeiffer University at 2:00 p.m.

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LAURINBURG, N.C. - The Dominican University of California men's lacrosse team couldn't hold off a third-quarter surge by Saint Andrews Presbyterian College on Thursday afternoon and ended their three-game roadtrip to North Carolina with a 12-8 loss.

The Penguins (1-3) built a 5-3 halftime lead but were outscored 6-1 in the third quarter and fell behind 9-6. Saint Andrews (4-4) outscored the Penguins 3-2 in the final quarter.

Saint Andrews scooped up 52 groundballs, compared to 36 by Dominican, and won 16 of the game's 24 faceoffs.

Attackman Daniel Shields and middie and Alex Tindall each scored twice and tallied an assisst. Attackman Cameron Walsh and middie Chris Michela each added a pair of goals.

Redshirt freshman middie Dalton Copeland netted a career-high six goals on 11 shots. Redshirt middie Brock Beall added the Penguins' other two goals.

Freshman netminder Sean Donohue allowed nine goals and recorded five saves. He was relieved by sophomore Ryan Williams, who made three saves and allowed the final pair of Knights goals.

"I think we all felt the game was ours. But early in the third quarter we lost our legs and our poise, and unfortunately that can happen when you play three games in four days," said Dominican Head Coach Ned Webster. "Credit to Saint Andrews for controlling the faceoffs and battling for groundballs. This was a tough one."

Dominican returns to action on Monday, March 14 when they return to San Rafael to host Adelphi University, who is tied for the No. 8 ranking in the nation. Faceoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. at Forest Meadows Field.

2011-03-11



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