Grizzlies Top Saxons to Claim First Official Win of '12

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Adams State scored all three goals of the third quarter while Jamison Bobo (Petaluma, Calif.) scored a pair of man-up goals in the fourth to put the Grizzlies up 11-7 before they held off a furious Alfred (N.Y.) rally to post an 11-10 win Friday night at Colorado College's Washburn Field.

The victory was the first official win of the campaign for Adams State and interim head coach John McCreery, who guided a balanced attack of nine different goal scorers. The victory was the Grizzlies' first ever triumph over an Eastern U.S. squad and was also keyed by an impressive 16-save total from redshirt freshman goalkeeper Ronnie Fernando (Lake Forest, Calif.).

The now 1-2 Grizzlies, who did go 2-1 in exhibition contests against MCLA club-level teams, were outshot 45-24 on the evening and were able to kill five of Alfred's six man-up opportunities before a Stefan Dabkowski score with 1:06 to go, pulled the NCAA Division III Saxons (1-3), within 11-10.

The Saxons had earlier made the score 11-9, just 13 seconds prior, and started the ensuing possession with the ball and a man-up opportunity after the Grizzlies took their' fourth penalty of the quarter and the sixth of the game on an unsportsmanlike conduct foul by Ramie Arbid (Mesa, Ariz.).

The un-releasable type penalty nearly killed the Grizzlies after Dabkowski scored just moments later before the Saxons claimed the ensuing faceoff before calling timeout with just under a minute left to set up a potential game-tying play.

The Grizzlies defense, led by Fernando's saves, then clamped down to fight off the rest of the penalty, before Johnny Neal (Greenwood Village, Colo.) forced a game-clinching turnover.

Play was evenly matched in the opening half as both teams scored three goals in the first quarter. The Grizzlies scored first in each of those cases before the Saxons answered right back.

Derek Green then put the Saxons on top for the first time, 4-3, with 9:51 left in the first half before Jake Moberly (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tied the game at four just 24 seconds later with his first goal of the campaign.

Damico and Neal then scored goals just 13 seconds apart giving the Grizzlies a 6-4 lead before the Saxons cut the lead in half with 4:01 left in the second quarter.

However, the Grizzlies dominated the third quarter as Moberly scored his second goal of the game just 25 seconds into it. Seth Stowell (Lakeside, Calif.) and Anthony Willner (Littleton, Colo.) then tallied goals just 18 seconds apart with 6:58 and 6:40 left in the quarter to give the Grizzlies a 9-5 lead, equal to their largest of the night.

However, the Saxons settled in and cut the gap in half with Dabkowski and Green goals before Bobo tallied his two goals, both on man-up tires, to put the Grizzlies back up by four with just 6:27 left.

The Grizzlies, who were 2 for 2 on those man-up tries, then watched the Saxons answer right back as Justin Shultis scored a goal just 26 seconds later before Brett Carroll's tally with 1:19 to go made it a 2-goal game, right before the nearly costly Grizzly penalty, one of six the Grizzlies took for 5 ½ total minutes.

Bobo led the Grizzly offense with three total offensive points and took six of the Grizzlies' 24 shots, 16 of which were on goal. Moberly also had four shots and along with Jake Buescher (Littleton, Colo.) had six groundballs.

Shultis had three goals for the Saxons while Dabkowski scored two goals while assisting on three others. Faceoff man Matt Zon went 14-9 on the draw and tallied a game-high nine groundballs while Cody O'Connor made just five saves in net for the East coast squad.

The Grizzlies will now head to the San Francisco Bay area to play their third straight neutral-site contest against Saint Michael's (Vt.) in Belmont, Calif. on Monday afternoon. They then resume Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association play against host Notre Dame de Namur next Thursday.


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