Reilly Helps Lycoming Surge Past Elmira

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Freshman Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) had a breakthrough day with two goals and five assists to help Lycoming post a 10-goal second half en route to a 15-9 win over Elmira in non-conference action at the Shangraw Athletic Complex on Saturday, March 31.

The Warriors (3-5 overall) peppered Elmira (3-3 overall) with 61 shots, as Elmira keeper Dave Bucchino posted 20 saves and eight Warriors factored into the scoring column in one of their most dominating offensive performances of the year. Lycoming scored six man-up goals while allowing just one in seven opportunities and scooped up 46 groundballs, as they stopped a four-game skid.

Reilly got the Warriors on the board with 12:31 left in the first quarter, as senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) found him for the opening goal. The Warriors kept the pressure on, scoring four goals in the opening 8:30 to take a 4-0 lead.

Elmira caught up with four straight goals in the next 15 minutes, with Rick Acorn tying the game with 5:23 left in the second quarter. Reilly found sophomore Jason Breau (Lima, N.Y./Honeyoye Falls-Lima) for a goal with 1:17 left in the half, giving the Warriors the lead for good.

In the second half, the Warriors kept the pressure on in the second half, with sophomore Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) scoring on a dish from senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) before Payne gave the Warriors a 7-4 lead with 9:45 left on an assist from junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) The teams each alternated two goals before the end of the quarter, as Lycoming took a 9-6 lead into the final stanza.

In the fourth quarter, Elmira cut within two goals on a goal by Brady Richards before Reilly responded with assists on goals to Payne and sophomore Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) within a two-minute span, giving Lycoming an 11-7 lead with 11:57 left. The Eagles cut within three points twice more, but a goal on a rebounded shot off the post from junior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) helped Lycoming start a three-goal run to close the game.

McCaffer finished with a career-high four goals, scoring three man-up goals. Romano and Payne each had two goals and two assists and Farrell posted two goals and an assist. Walker and Lurie each had a goal and assist. Romano and senior Victor Marchetti (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) each had six groundballs and freshman Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) posted four groundballs and three caused turnovers. In the circle, senior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) won 13 of 19 faceoffs and junior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) won 6 of 7.

Richards and David Evert led the Eagles with two goals and an assist and T.J. White posted two assists and seven groundballs and three caused turnovers. Travis Armideo notched six groundballs and three caused turnovers.

In goal for Lycoming, sophomore Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) stopped nine shots to earn the win.

The Warriors now step into Commonwealth Conference play, hosting Elizabethtown on Thursday, April 5, at 4:00 p.m. at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

2012-03-31



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