Warriors Win Fifth Straight in Rout over Cougars

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Five first-quarter goals, led by three from junior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor), helped Lycoming turn on the burners, as the offense rolled to a 16-3 rout of Misericordia for its fifth straight win in an important MAC skirmish at the Shangraw Athletic Complex on Wednesday, April 13.

The Warriors (6-5 overall, 5-1 MAC) were led by five goals from Payne and four goals and an assist from freshman Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder). Senior Kevin Pfister (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) posted two goals and two assists and freshman Bryce Apple (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) added two goals and an assist.

Sophomore Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) notched a team-high three assists and freshman Jason Breau (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) picked up two helpers.

With the five goals, Payne moved into the top 10 in the school's career record book in the category, as he passed Dan Cannon (2005-08) with his fifth tally of the game and the 89th of his career.

Farrell notched the first tally on a give from Pfister before senior Victor Gonzalez (Vernon, N.J./Vernon Township) ran the length of the field and deposited a goal with 6:10 left. Payne notched two goals in a span of 36 seconds and added a third on a give from Farrell with 2:31 left.

The Cougars (7-5 overall, 3-4 MAC) got back into the game with a pair of goals in the first 5:30 minutes of the second quarter, as Nicholas Santillo scored twice, but Payne scored his fourth goal to end the run and Apple added a goal with 6:45 left in the half to help the Warriors take a 7-2 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Warriors scored nine straight goals, with Farrell leading the way with three tallies and Pfister adding both his goals to help the team take a 16-2 lead. The Cougars scored the last goal of the game with 10:40 left, as Zachary Buckley scored.

Junior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) led the Warriors with eight groundballs, as he finished a solid 14 of 18 on faceoffs and Romano added six pickups. Gonzalez and senior J.B. Campanella (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle) added two caused turnovers.

Santillo led the Cougars with two goals and an assist and Lee Blair, the league's top scorer, was held to just two assists. Ryan Kay and Jared Hunt led the team with five groundballs and Hunt also added two caused turnovers.

In goal, senior Alan Antinarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) earned the win for the Warriors, allowing two goals and making eight stops in 30 minutes of action. Kay took the loss for the Cougars, allowing 14 goals in 43:43 while making 11 saves.

The Warriors get back on the field in an important MAC showdown at Eastern, which entered today's play in third place in the MAC, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


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