Penguins Can't Overcome Early Deficit at Mesa State

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. After falling behind 3-0 in the first quarter, the Dominican University of California men's lacrosse team scraped its way back into contention but could never pull even and fell 6-5 to Mesa State College on Friday in Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association play.

After spotting the Mavs (2-6/2-3) the 3-0 lead, redshirt freshman Dalton Copeland connected with Emmett Faricy late in the second quarter to get Dominican (3-6/2-1) on the scoreboard. In the third quarter, Andrew Kurth put Mesa State back up by a pair and Bernard Dillon stretched the Mavs lead to three before Copeland cut the lead back to two.

Trevor Ecton's man-up goal at 9:44 in the fourth quarter turned out to be the eventual game-winner for the Mavs. Redshirt freshman Blake Crossman and Copeland scored goals to close out the game but Dominican was never able to pull even.

Copeland's two goals on four shots and assist led the Penguins while Mesa State was paced by Bernard's pair of goals on three shots.

Sophomore goalie Ryan Williams made seven saves in the net for Dominican.

The Penguins travel to Alamosa, Colo. and face another WILA opponent, Adams State College, on Sunday, April 3. Faceoff is slated for 1:00/12:00 p.m. Pacific.


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