Alvernia Pitches a Shutout Against Bethany

Reading, Pa. (Mar. 12, 2011) - Junior goalie Kevin Shupp (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) stopped 13 shots to record his first career shutout and Alvernia (2-1) blanked Bethany (1-3) 9-0 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Schlager Memorial Field.

Alvernia scored three goals in the first quarter then added two goals in each of the last three quarters. Shupp's busiest quarter was the third when he made five of his 13 saves.

"I don't even know where to begin with Kevin," said Alvernia head coach Rich Carrington after Saturday's win. "It was a phenomenal game for Kevin. There were several doorstep shots he stopped. They probably should have score a few on us, but Kevin was right there every time."

Defensively the Crusaders have allowed just two goals in their two wins this season having started the season with a 6-2 win over Penn State-Abington.

Offensively the Crusaders got two goals each from three different players and one each from three more.

"We were able to pick and choose what opportunities we took advantage of," admitted Carrington. "The guys really stuck within our system."

The offense possessed the ball for the first five minutes of the game with Patrick Hoban (Morristown, N.J./Morris Catholic) opening the scoring on a quick catch and shoot just over a minute into the game. The Crusaders won the game's second faceoff and turned it into a Rick Reid (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) goal.

Hoban added his second goal of the game later in the first quarter and the Crusaders netted a pair in the second for a 5-0 lead at halftime. All five goals were even strength with the Bison keeping a clean penalty sheet through the opening 30 minutes.

Bethany had a man in the box early in the third quarter and the Crusaders turned it into a goal and a 6-0 advantage. Sean Boyd (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) scored his first of two on the game assisted by Colin Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson). Gallagher finished with four points--two goals and two assists.

Alvernia returns to action Wednesday when it heads to Mt. St. Vincent for a non-conference game.


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