Lycoming Tops DeSales to Secure MAC Berth

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. A two-goal outburst from junior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) in a span of 27 seconds early in the fourth-quarter helped break a tie and lift Lycoming to a 6-3 win over DeSales in Middle Atlantic Conference action on a rainy Tuesday, April 19. The win helped the Warriors clinch a spot in the MAC playoffs for the fourth straight season.

With the score tied at three after a goal by DeSales' Donald Clemens with 13:20 left in regulation, Payne took over for the Warriors (7-6 overall, 6-2 MAC), as he took a give from Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) with 12:42 left in a man-up situation before posting an unassisted tally with 12:15 left.

Three and a half minutes later, Romano found freshman Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) to make up the final margin, as senior Alan Antinarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) played sterling in net in the final stanza, making six of his 12 stops to secure the win.

Romano drew first blood in the game, scoring just 77 seconds into the contest, but the Bulldogs (2-10 overall, 2-6 MAC) fought back to tie the game in the second quarter with a goal from Tony Fabrizio.

The Warriors answered, though, as Romano found sophomore Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) with 7:06 remaining and just over a minute later, Farrell found junior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) for a man-up goal to make it 3-1 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Bulldogs fought back with two quick goals in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter, setting up Payne's dramatic goals.

Romano led the Warriors with a goal and three assists to become the 23rd player in school history to record 50 points in a season and Payne added two goals. Farrell posted a goal and an assist. Defensively, senior J.B. Campanella (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle) picked up four groundballs and Antinarelli added a team-high five. The Warriors performed well in man-up opportunities, converting both in the game, while holding the Bulldogs scoreless in two extra-man situations.

Both Donald Clemens and Josh Martin led the Bulldogs with a goal and assist. Clemens picked up a team-high eight groundballs and Brendan Guerrier posted six groundballs and four caused turnovers. In net, Justin Campanelli took the loss while making 13 stops.

The Warriors head to Hersheypark Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. MAC showdown against Elizabethtown on Thursday, April 21.


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