Penguins Look Solid in Victory Over Mesa State

KENTFIELD, Calif. - Dominican University of California got back on track Sunday afternoon with an 11-6 defeat of visiting Mesa State College at Richard Ghilotti Family Field in Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Assocation action.

The Penguins (2-5/2-0) started strong from the get-go when junior attackman Reed Upson scored just over a minute into action. The Mavs (0-6/0-3) evened it up but sophomore middie Jim Little dished out a pair of assists to Upson and redshirt freshman middie Dalton Copeland to put the Penguins back in front, 3-1.

Redshirt freshman middie Blake Crossman added a goal of his own and Little teamed up with Copeland yet again to give the Penguins the 5-1 lead. Mesa State's Nick Cosgrove found the back of the net to close out the first quarter. In the second quarter, Little took the ball himself and literally slid through a group of Mesa State defenders to score an unassisted goal and Copeland found Upson to take advantage of a man-up situation to go ahead 7-2 by the half.

Mesa State scored two unanswered goals to start the second half but goals from Upson and freshman middie Brock Beall kept the Penguins lead at five. The Mavs' Trevor Ecton scored his second goal of the game shortly after though and cut the Dominican lead to four.

Little scored his second goal of the game early in the final quarter to put the Dominican lead back to five. Copeland found Upson on another man-up situation for Upson's fifth goal of the game. The Mavs scored once more but wouldn't get any closer as strong defense from the Penguins secured the victory.

Dominican got to 29 groundballs while Mesa State scooped up just 18. Despite being outshot 36-32, the Penguins clearly made the most of their opportunities with a balanced attack. Upson finished with a season-high five goals, Little scored twice and had three assists, Copeland scored a pair of goals and dished out a pair of assists, and Beall and Crossman both scored once.

Sophomore goalie Ryan Williams anchored the Dominican defense with 14 stops and earned his first victory of the season.

The Penguins face Grand Canyon University on Saturday, March 26 in another WILA game. Faceoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Forest Meadows Field on the Dominican campus.


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