Dominican Hands Lindenwood First Loss

ST. CHARLES, Mo. For the second consecutive game, Dominican University of California turned a fourth-quarter goal frenzy into an impressive victory, this time by the score 12-5 over previously undefeated Lindenwood on Thursday.

Junior Cam Evangelho scored a career-high four goals, three in the final 8:41 of the last period when the Penguins (4-1/2-0) netted seven goals to hand the Lions (2-1/0-1) a loss in their Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association debut. It was Dominican's fourth victory in a row.

Evangelho's eruption came following a pep talk from Head Coach Ned Webster, who focused on the junior attacker's shot selection. Evangelho had eight shots against Lindenwood, all of them on goal.

"I had a talk with him yesterday and I noticed his shooting percentage (.143) was the lowest on the team," Webster said. "Early in the third quarter we saw he was playing well and playing with confidence and we just kept him on the field. A lot of time you go with the guys that are hot and Cam was hot today."

Senior Reed Upson and freshman Jake Fritz added three goals apiece and combined for three assists. Freshmen Jake Bernstein and Kevin Powers also scored for the Penguins while Powers had three assists and Emmett Faricy, a graduate student, and freshman Case Donahue recorded one helper each in Dominican's dominating performance.

In its last three games, the Penguins have outscored their opponents 15-4 in the fourth quarter.

"When the game is on the line they rise to the occasion," Webster said. "It's nice to know when the fourth quarter comes around I feel like we're always going to be ready. There's always fuel in our tank. I wish we could evenly distribute our fuel amongst the four quarters."

As they did on Tuesday in their come-from-behind 9-7 win over Fontbonne University, the Penguins rallied thanks to an offensive explosion. Trailing 3-1 in the second quarter on Thursday, Evangelho, with an assist from Fritz, tallied at the 9:20 mark then Upson tied the game at 3-3 less than two minutes later with an assist from Powers. Dominican then jumped into the lead when senior defender Ben Wang picked up a groundball that led to a clear and a Fritz goal off a feed by Donahue, Donahue's first collegiate point.

That capped a three-goal-in-3:56 eruption by the Penguins. They took that 4-3 lead to intermission with an assist from a post next to goalie Sean Donohue. A shot by the Lions' Ian Nickel hit it, denying Lindenwood of the tying goal with 58 seconds to go in the first half.

The Penguins extended their lead to 5-3 when Upson scored his second goal of the game and his eighth of the season with an assist from Fritz. That came at the 12:24 mark of the third quarter. However, Dominican went more than 10 minutes before it recorded its next shot on goal and led by only one goal, 5-4, going into the final stanza.

Whatever apprehension the Penguins might have had was quickly erased. They scored seven goals on nine shots in the fourth quarter. Powers scored one of those goals, his team-leading 13th, and he holds the team lead in points (23), one more than fellow freshman Fritz.

"We have so many guys that we can throw out there that are all seemingly interchangeable. We don't miss a beat," Webster said. "And I'm real happy with the way our defense is playing right now."

Dominican concludes its three-game road trip through Missouri on Sunday when they trek to St. Louis to meet Adelphi University, the second-ranked team in NCAA Division II from Garden City, N.Y. The Panthers are led by first team All-American Joe Vitale, who was the Northwest-10 Conference Player of the Week this week.

2012-03-09



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