Dominican Enjoys Super Tuesday at Fontbonne

CLAYTON, Mo. - It turned out to be a super Tuesday for Dominican. Playing at Centene Stadium outside St. Louis, the Penguins (3-1) erupted for five goals in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter to rally from a 5-4 deficit to a 9-7 victory over Division III Fontbonne, ending the Griffins' (3-2) three-game winning streak in which they had dominated their opponents by a score of 40-9.

Dominican sophomore Dalton Copeland, held out of the game because of a strained groin, came off the bench in the final quarter to score two goals, including the game-tying goal, with 11:02 left in the game.

"He was begging me to go in. I was trying to rest him for the other two games on the road trip," said Head Coach Ned Webster. "He really gave us the jump that we needed."

After Copeland tied the game at 5-5 with an unassisted goal, team co-captain Brock Beall put the Penguins in front for good. Just 12 seconds later, freshman Kevin Powers, who entered the game second in the nation in NCAA Div. II lacrosse in points behind Adelphi senior Joe Vitale, scored off an assist by Reed Upson. Copeland followed that with another unassisted goal 23 seconds later then Upson capped the Penguins' offensive explosion just 30 seconds following Copeland's tally off an assist by freshman Jake Bernstein.

Eight different Dominican players, including Cam Evangelho and freshmanJake Fritz, scored in the contest. Sparked by freshman Patrick Butler, who won five of six face-offs, the Penguins won 13 groundballs to the Griffins' five in the fourth quarter.

"It's nice to know we can turn it on when it matters most," Webster said. "It just wish it wouldn't take us so long in certain games. It literally took us 45 minutes to wake-up and really figure out how to win. I'm glad it didn't take 60 minutes."

Dominican was slow to start in the first half as well. The Penguins were trailing 2-0 when they scored two goals in 14 seconds just before intermission. Bernstein scored out of a timeout on a set play then Blake Crossman won the ensuing face-off and raced through the Fontbonne defense to tie the game.

"It was pretty scary," Webster said. "I will give them credit. They played a really good team defense. They packed it in and slid quickly from the crease. It took us a while to figure it out. Once we did, we started to pour it on in the fourth quarter."

Dominican will seek its first three-game winning streak since April 9, 2009 on Thursday, March 8 when it travels to St. Charles, Mo. to face the undefeated Lindenwood University Lions, the newest member of the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Game time is 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

2012-03-07



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