Late NDNU Surge Spoils Dominican's Day

BELMONT, Calif. - Sophomore attackman Cam Evangelho and junior attackman Reed Upson each tallied a hat trick but a late offensive surge by host Notre Dame de Namur University spoiled the Penguins' chances at capturing a share of the lead in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association standings.

Kevin Nguyen put NDNU (5-7/5-0) on the scoreboard just a minute into play but Evangelho answered mere seconds later. Senior middie Emmett Faricy put Dominican (4-7/4-2) ahead at the eight-minute mark in the first quarter. The action-packed period saw five more goals scored and the score tied at 4-4. Upson and redshirt freshman middie Brock Beall scored back-to-back goals before NDNU did the same in the second quarter. Upson's man-up goal from Evangelho put the Penguins up 7-6 at halftime.

Ryan Hulsey tied it up for the Argos to open the third quarter and Faricy paired with Upson to take advantage of another man-up situation to take the lead right back 8-7. With Dominican leading 9-7 going into the final period, Nguyen and Hulsey scored back-to-back goals of their own to give NDNU the one-goal lead. Evangelho pulled things even though at 10-10 with 8:06 to play but Dominican couldn't manage another goal in the final eight minutes. NDNU's Derek Kimbrough scored the eventual game-winner with 6:45 to go and Greg Bearson added an insurance goal with 2:50 to play.

Bearson and Hulsey each recorded three goals apiece for the Argos and Kimbrough added a pair. Bearson also had an assist.

Evangelho added an assist to go with his season-high three goals. Upson's three goals brought his season total to a WILA-best 25 goals and he also added an assist. Sophomore middie Jim Little chipped in a pair of goals and three assists. Beal added a goal and Faricy had a goal and an assist in the effort.

"It was an exciting game in a great atmosphere and both teams played good lacrosse. Our word of the day was 'execute' and we did exactly that for fifty minutes, but over the final ten we struggled to clear and pick up a groundball when it mattered most," said Dominican Head Coach Ned Webster. The good news is that we will see this team again."

The Penguins travel to Grand Canyon University on Saturday, April 16 for the two teams' final matchup, as GCU will discontinue lacrosse after the 2011 season. The Penguins have won the last two contests between the two teams.

On Friday, April 30 the Penguins will have another shot at NDNU. The game will be played under the lights of historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco at 7:00 p.m.


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