Last-Second Goal Stuns Penguins in Downpour

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. Down a goal with 10 seconds remaining on a very rainy Friday, Dominican's Kyle Mitchell took a rebound off a shot by Jim Little to tie the match against Rollins at six. But Rollins' Charlie Shelly erased the Penguins' hard work in a matter of seconds. From the ensuing faceoff, Shelly headed straight for the net and, with just 2.1 seconds remaining, scored the game-winner to put Rollins on top 7-6.

Dominican (1-5) freshman midfielder Brock Beall scored the game's first goal with 11:50 remaining in the first quarter. He was assisted by senior midfielder Emmett Faricy. However, Rollins (1-7) responded when Shelly evened the score late in the quarter.

The second quarter started slow for the Penguins. Despite starting with a man-up thanks to a penalty by Tars sophomore defennder Nick Scannapieco, Dominican did not take advantage. Rollins scored two more goals in the second quarter from freshman attacker Jack Dever and Shelly to go ahead 3-1.

Down a pair, and playing in unfavorable conditions, the Penguins responded to the challenge with goals from two redshirt freshmen. Midfielder Dalton Copeland scored an unassisted goal late in the quarter and with just two minutes remaining in the half, midfielder Blake Crossman evened the score at 3-3 going into halftime.

Playing through rain and mud in the second half, turnovers became frequent and offense was difficult to establish for both teams. But it was Shelly again, with his third goal of the game to break the tie and give Rollins the lead. Junior attacker Reed Upson scored later in the third quarter to even the score yet again.

Rollins senior midfielder Peter Harvey scored the next two goals, one of which came early in the fourth quarter a man up. The uneven strength goal was aided by a cross-check penalty committed by the Penguins.

Once again playing from behind, the Penguins came back. The comeback started with Copeland's second goal on the day with 8:19 remaining. Rollins committed three penalties late in the fourth quarter, but Dominican didn't capitalize. After a timeout called by Dominican Head Coach Ned Webster, the Penguins had one final chance to tie. And they did with Mitchell's goal with ten seconds left.

But the 10 seconds were enough for Rollins to take the lead and score the game winning goal.

On the day, Rollins picked up 37 ground balls to the Penguins' 25. Rollins also led in faceoffs, 12-3.

"Rollins outplayed us in the faceoff game and they beat us to loose balls, and that equates to extra possessions and extra opportunities that they had and we didn't," said Webster. "This is one of those games that results in a loss of sleep. But I'll rest a little easier knowing we get back into WILA play Sunday, and winning the WILA is our focus."

On Sunday, the Penguins take on Mesa State College in Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) play. The game will now be played at nearby Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif. Faceoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Penguins defeated Adams State College 12-11 in their first ever WILA game.

2011-03-19



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