Dominican Rallies to Defeat Colorado Mesa

KENTFIELD, Calif. - The seniors on the Dominican team received quite a send-off in the final home game of their careers on Friday, and they have their younger teammates to thank in great part for that.

Freshman Jake Fritz scored five goals to help the Penguins overcome three three-goal deficits in the first half and fellow freshman Kevin Powers tallied three of his four goals in the final quarter as Dominican again rallied from behind to win going away, 13-9, against Colorado Mesa. Junior Cam Evangelho scored the tie-breaking goal with 11:38 to play after freshman Jake Bernstein absorbed a head butt from the Mavericks' Giuliano Sanchez that resulted in an unsportsmanship conduct penalty.

Played at Marin Catholic High School, the victory by the Penguins (5-4/4-1) pushed them past CMU (5-3/3-1) into first place in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association standings with four games to play.

"It's not the end of the journey, but it's the next step," said Dominican graduate student Emmett Faricy. "We're the first actual four-year class of recruits for Dominican lacrosse."

"It was just a fun game," Head Coach Ned Webster said. "We beat a very good team today and, in what has been the case multiple times this season, we had to play our best lacrosse late in the game."

The Penguins were trailing 3-0 on Friday before goalie Sean Donohue was able to make a save. Webster called timeout with 5:35 to go in the opening quarter and reassured his team.

Dominican, despite trailing 5-3 at halftime, chipped away at CMU's lead. Reed Upson, who had two goals and an assist, pulled the Penguins to within a goal by scoring following an excellent check on the defensive end by Tai Sing Hee then Hee's former Novato High School teammate, Dalton Copeland, tied the game with an unassisted goal with Dominican a man-up. Fritz then gave the Penguins their first lead, 6-5, by netting Dominican's third goal in a three and a half minute span.

Fritz's fifth goal, with 6:24 left in the third quarter, put the Penguins ahead, 7-5, but the Mavericks came back and regained the lead, 8-7, with 13:39 left in the game. Upson eventually tied the game off an assist by Fritz with 12:06 remaining then, 28 seconds later, Evangelho put the Penguins in front for good with his man-up goal.

Dominican took control of the game when a Whelan check led to a possession that drew a pair of Mavs penalties. Powers scored a goal with Dominican two-men up for an 11-9 advantage with 7:03 to go.

Powers and Fritz combined for nine goals and six assists and Bernstein contributed assists to three of Fritz's goals while freshman Dylan Acevedo won the faceoff battle to keep the ball on Dominican's end of the field.

"That was phenomenal lacrosse," Webster said after the game. "It was a team win."

The Penguins begin a three-game road to trip to Colorado on April 5 when they play Adams State College in Alamosa. Dominican's lacrosse season ends on April 28 when the seniors - Faricy, Upson, Ben Wang, Corey Whelan, co-captain Matt Polizzi, and biology major Geraldo Gonzalez, who was unable to play because he was presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Utah - will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony before the team meets Bay Area WILA rival Notre Dame de Namur University in the annual "Battle For The Bay" at Kezar Stadium.

2012-03-31



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