Dolphins Fall to Misericordia, Drop Second Straight

Yonkers, N.Y. The College of Mount Saint Vincent dropped its second straight contest to open the 2011 season with a 12-8 loss to visiting Misericordia on Sunday afternoon. Senior captain Cavan Valance (Glen Cove, N.Y.) was one of four players to score for the Mount and led the team with four markers and six points.

After a tightly played first half, Misericordia took a slim 4-3 lead into the intermission after scoring the only goal of the second quarter. The Cougars never led by more then one goal before halftime, with the two teams trading goals in the first period.

Valance scored all three of the Dolphins' first half goals, including a man-up tally with 1:50 to play in the first quarter to tie the score at 3-3. Adrian Go (Fairlawn, N.J.) assisted on two of Valance's goals in the first half and was one of three Mount Saint Vincent players with multiple points in the game.

The Dolphins quickly tied the score at 4-4 at the 14:34 mark of the third quarter when Dan Cohen (Ardsley, N.Y.) cashed in his second goal of the season in a man-up situation for the Mount.

Following the Cohen marker, the Cougars scored back-to-back goals to pull in front 6-4 with just under 10 minutes to play in the third period. Matt Gonzalez and Kyle Calabro scored 10 second apart to give Misericordia its largest lead of the game to that point.

Trailing 6-4, Mount Saint Vincent received goals from Bruce Pappas (Montrose, N.Y.) and Mike Shea (Congers, N.Y.) just over two minutes apart to knot the score at 6-6, but that would be the last tie of the game.

After the Shea tallying brought Mount Saint Vincent even, Misericordia ripped off five straight goals to open an 11-6 advantage they would not give up. The Dolphins would get back to within four goals twice after a Pappas marker with 7:38 to play in regulation and then after Valance's fourth of the game with just over three minutes left.

Overall in the game, Misericordia led the way in shots 42-34 and in groundballs 37-33. The Cougars also won 12 of the 23 face-offs in the contest and went 18 for 20 in clear attempts. Joe Lodato led the Cougars with seven face-off wins, while Chris Guastamacchia (Monroe, N.Y.) led the Dolphins in the category with eight wins.

Valance paced the Dolphins with his six point afternoon after adding two assists to his four goals. Go finished the afternoon with his two helpers and Pappas scored a pair of goals and added an assist for three points. Lee Blair had a six point afternoon for the Cougars with a pair of goals and four assists, while Calabro scored four times and helped on another for five points. Calabro also led the team with six groundballs. Matt Gonzalez also had five points for the Cougars after scoring three times and adding two assists.

Kyle Kalibat (Oceanside, N.Y.) finished the day with a career-high 15 saves for the Dolphins and also tied for the team lead with five groundballs. Ryan Kay made 11 stops for Misericordia and collected three groundballs.

The game featured 25 total penalties, with Mount Saint Vincent being whistled for 13 overall. The Cougars did damage with the extra man on Sunday, converting four times in those situations. Misericordia was whistled for 12 infractions, with the Mount going 2 for 12 with the extra man.

The loss drops Mount Saint Vincent to 0-2 after the first two contests of a six game home stand to open the season. The Dolphins will be back in action again on Wednesday night when they host Alvernia at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. Opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.


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