Farrell Paces Lycoming to Win over Messiah

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. A career-high five goals from freshman Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) and three goals and two assists from sophomore Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) helped lead Lycoming to an eight-goal second half, as it downed Messiah, 14-10, on Tuesday afternoon, April 26, to move into a three-way tie for second in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Down 7-5 late in the second quarter, the Warriors (9-6 overall, 8-2 MAC) were put in a man-up situation, a turnover seemed to stop them. However, a turnover in the backfield forced by Romano helped Farrell pick the ball up with nothing between him and the net. The man-up goal with 20 seconds left in the half started a 9-1 run that helped the Warriors take control of the game against the second-place Falcons (10-4 overall, 8-2 MAC).

The Warriors took an early lead on an unassisted tally from junior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor), as the teams traded three goals through the first 11 minutes of the game, with Farrell and Romano also connecting for the Warriors. However, the Falcons scored four goals in a row after that, giving them a 6-3 lead with 11:09 left in the second quarter.

Lycoming clawed back into the game with goals from Romano and Farrell in the middle of the quarter before a goal from Kyle Sproles with 2:20 left gave Messiah a 7-5 lead, setting up Farrell's goal.

J.J. Miller scored with 7:10 left in the third quarter to give Messiah an 8-6 lead, but the Warriors responded with a pair of unassisted goals from senior Josh Perrault (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) and junior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) tying the match with 5:19 left in the quarter.

Farrell broke open the game in the fourth with two goals in the first five minutes of the quarter before freshman Bryce Apple (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) dented the twine to give the Warriors a three-goal lead. A goal from Romano made it 12-8 with 8:03 left before Miller scored again to make it 12-9. However, Payne responded with a pair of goals to help the Warriors close out the win.

Payne finished with three goals and an assist and Walker added a goal and three assists for the Warriors while Apple posted a goal and an assist. In the faceoff circle, junior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) was dominant against the conference's leader in faceoffs, J.J. Miller, as he won 16 of 24 and picked up 14 groundballs.

Farrell added six groundballs and a caused turnover and Romano, who became the 13th player in school history to reach 100 points with his final assist of the game, posted four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Perrault posted four groundballs and senior Matt Siracusa (New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park) added two caused turnovers.

Miller led the Falcons with five goals and an assist and Phil Wendt posted two goals and an assist. Miller picked up 11 groundballs and Drew Cortese and Matt Everhart added four groundballs.

Cureton made 21 saves in net for the Falcons and senior Alan Antinarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) stopped seven shots to earn the win.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, April 30, when they host Senior Day at the Shangraw Athletic Complex when FDU-Florham comes to town for a 1:00 p.m. start.


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