Yeomen Use a Big Second Half to Down Thiel

Greenville, PA Oberlin College scored 10 second-half goals en route to defeating the Tomcats of Thiel College, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Yeomen displayed a balanced attack as seven different players scored in the contest. Junior Connor Jackson led the way with four scores and an assist. Rookie Sean Higgins matched Jackson with five points as he recorded a hat trick while dishing out two assists. Fellow newcomers Sean Seaman and Eli Fisher also deposited two shots into the back of the cage.

Upperclassmen Daniel Fineman and Mickey Fiorillo chipped in with two goals apiece, while Matthew Rogers rounded out the scoring with one.

Defensively, the Yeomen were led by sophomore Paul Paschke as he had a career-high 10 ground balls.

The first half was very nip-and-tuck throughout as the Yeomen led 4-3 after one and 6-4 at the break.

Oberlin was able to gain some separation in the third period, but was really able to put the game away with six goals in the fourth. After scoring the final goal of the third quarter to go up 10-6, three straight Yeomen goals to start the fourth made it a 13-6 game. After a Tomcats' goal, Jackson's fourth goal of the game followed by two more from Fisher left no doubt in the eventual outcome.

Erickson Andrews played nearly the entire game in goal and finished with six saves and three grounders.

Oberlin out-shot Thiel 38-29 and won the ground-ball battle 36-31. Face-offs were even at 12 apiece. The Yeomen did a much better job clearing the ball then in their first contest, as they were successful on 27 of 31 attempts on the day.

The Yeomen return to action on March 8 when they make the trek north to take on Adrian College. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

2012-03-01



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