Dominican Spoils Adams State's Home Opener

ALAMOSA, Colo.- Reed Upson and the Dominican University Penguins spoiled Adams State's home opener, posting a 13-6 win over the Grizzlies in Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association action Sunday afternoon here in incredibly windy conditions at the ASC Lacrosse & Soccer Field.

Upson scored a game-best five total goals, including three in the first 15:43 of the game as the Penguins (4-6, 4-1 WILA) scored the game's first seven goals while holding on for a win by that same 7-goal margin. The Grizzlies, led by back-to-back goals by Peter Santamaria (Orem, Utah) to begin the second half, fell to 0-6 overall and to 0-5 in WILA action in this their inaugural season.

The Penguins also received 2-goal efforts from Emmet Faricy, Dalton Copeland and Brock Beall as they bounced back from a 6-5 Friday night setback to Mesa State in Grand Junction while moving within a half-game behind fellow San Francisco Bay area WILA member Notre Dame de Namur (4-7, 4-0 WILA) for the league lead.

The Penguins wasted little time in taking the lead in Sunday's game as Copeland scored the contest's opening goal just 46 seconds in, before Upson doubled the Penguins lead to 2-0 with a man-up goal at the 11:15 mark of the first quarter, one of two Dominican goals with the man-up advantage.

Dominican's Jim Little then scored with 8:20 left before another Faricy-to-Upson connection extended Dominican's lead to 4-0 just past the mid-point of the first quarter.

The Grizzlies then settled in holding the Penguins at bay for the rest of the quarter before Upson's third goal of the game, his 20th of the season, started a quick 3-0 second-quarter run that was finally snapped by Chanson Miller (American Fork, Utah), who put the Grizzlies on the board with 11:08 left in the half of a Chris Cunningham (Littleton, Colo.) assist. That goal was Miller's seventh of the season.

Upson then answered back to make the score 8-1 with 10:10 left in the half before a Cunningham goal, his eighth of the campaign, with 2:47 left in the second quarter sliced the Grizzly deficit ever so slightly to 8-2.

However, Upson would score off a Little assist with just 11 seconds left in the half making the score 9-2 at the intermission.

Santamaria then scored just 11 seconds into the second half as faceoff man Anthony Willner (Littleton, Colo.) recorded an assist before Santamaria's second goal, an unassisted tally, made the score 9-4 with still 12:05 to play in the third quarter.

The Grizzlies would get no closer as a Copeland goal less than two minutes later put Dominican up 10-4.

After Grizzly sophomore Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) struck for his eighth goal of the season with 2:02 left in the quarter, the Penguins made the score 11-5 with just three seconds to go in the period on a Faricy goal.

Beall then scored a man-up goal to begin the fourth quarter and assisted on a later tally by Matt Polizzi to complete the scoring.

In between, the Grizzlies received a goal from Jordan Stillwagon (Littleton, Colo.), the first of the defender's career.

Each team won 12 faceoffs throughout the game as Polizzi went 10 for 15 on the draws while Willner went 12 for 22 for the Grizzlies.

Willner also had a game-high 14 groundballs but was not enough to stop the balanced Penguins from recording an 89-52 advantage in that category.

Sean Donohue made seven saves in net for the Penguins, six of which came in the second half after Dominican had dominated the first half holding the Grizzlies to just two shots in the first quarter and eight in the first half.

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