Warriors Rally to Defeat Manhattanville

PURCHASE, N.Y. Down by three goals at halftime, Lycoming College strung together 12 second half goals led by four from sophomore Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) to overtake Manhattanville College, 15-9, in Middle Atlantic Conference on Saturday, April 9, at GoValiants.com Field.

The Warriors (5-5 overall, 4-1 MAC) fell behind 7-3 early in the second half before senior Ryan O'Conner (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) found junior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) for goal with 10:55 left starting a 12-1 run. Romano added a pair of goals before O'Connor got a dish from freshman Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) to tie the game at 7 with 8:15 left in the third quarter.

The Valiants stopped the Warriors momentum for the next four minutes, scoring a goal to take an 8-7 lead, but Romano found Payne with 4:29 left to retue the game and then the Warriors scored two goals in the quarter's last 36 seconds to take a 10-8 lead after a goal from junior Victor Marchetti (Cortland, N.Y./Homer).

The Warriors' offensive onslaught continued in the fourth quarter, scoring five goals, with junior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) posting two goals and an assist in the quarter. The Valiants scored a last-second goal to make up the final six-goal margin.

The Valiants took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter before a goal from Payne with 1:22 left helped the Warriors go on a three-goal run, wrapping up when Payne found Farrell for a goal with 12:39 left in t he second quarter. However, the Valiants scored the next four goals to head into halftime with a 6-3 lead.

Payne finished with three goals and four assists to lead the Warriors, as he tied his career high for helpers and Romano added four goals, an assist, four grounballs and two caused turnovers. Farrell posted two goals and two assists and Walker and O'Connor each added two goals and an assist. Junior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) added 12 groundballs as he won 70 percent of his faceoffs and helped the team to a 39-27 advantage in groundballs.

Mike Strauss posted three goals and an assist and Billy Motherway posted two goals for the Valiants. Conor McAndrew posted six groundballs and Dom Poletto added five.

In net, freshman Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) posted three saves in 25:30 to earn his first career win. Freshman Alan Antinarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) made five stops in the first half for the Warriors. Senior Josh Danmyer (White Hall, Md./Hereford) added one save in the final 4:30. For the Valiants, Poletto made 11 stops.

The Warriors get back on the field on Wednesday, April 13 when they host Misericordia at the Shangraw Athletic Complex at 4:00 p.m.


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