Big Q3 Seals Dominican's 'Battle for the Bay' Victory

SAN FRANCISCO - Dominican won the first-ever "Battle for the Bay," featuring the only two NCAA programs in Northern California, 9-3 over Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday in WILA play. The game capped the Penguins' 2011 campaign and was also the program's first-ever victory over the Argonauts. Redshirt freshman Dalton Copeland led Dominican to victory with three goals.

The opening half was dominated by defense. The scoreboard finally became occupied with the Penguins' (5-8/5-3) unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Jim Little with 6:32 remaining in the first half. The Argonauts (7-8/7-1) tied the match 22 seconds later when sophomore attackman Kevin Nguyen scored from the ensuing faceoff.

Freshman attackman Jordan Wagner scored less than two minutes into the second quarter and gave NDNU a 2-1 lead. The offensive struggles for Dominican continued with no shots on goal in the second quarter until two minutes remained with a shot by junior attackman Reed Upson, which was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Hunter Adams.

A golden opportunity for the Penguins came when coach Ned Webster called timeout with 1:34 remaining. A three-minute illegal stick penalty was assessed during the timeout and created a man-up opportunity for Dominican. Unfortunately, the Penguins didn't take advantage in the half.

However, the penalty carried over into the second half and it aided a rally. Upson scored the tying goal 44 seconds into the half, which opened the gates for the Dominican offense. With 11:27 remaining in the third quarter, freshman midfielder Brock Beall broke the tie and gave the lead back to Dominican.

Dominican extended the lead 70 seconds later to 4-2 when Copeland scored the third straight Dominican goal. Copeland scored yet again with 5:20 in the quarter and extended the lead to 5-2. Less than a minute later, senior midfielder Emmett Faricy scored the fifth goal of the quarter for Dominican. Redshirt freshman Blake Crossman stretched the Dominican lead further with his first goal of the night.

Nguyen finally got the Argos back in the scoring column with his second goal of the match, which cut the Penguins' lead to 7-3.

But the Penguins got the goal right back and added on. Faricy scored his second goal and late in the fourth quarter, Copeland finalized his hat trick with a man up, and capped the scoring at 9-3.

With a solid lead in the second half, the Penguin defense held their ground with great goaltending from freshman keeper Sean Donohue, who tallied 16 saves.

The season finale was played at historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Proceeds from game admissions went to Lacrosse for Life and Fields of Growth. The organizations provide youth programs to under-served communities.

2011-05-01



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