Warriors Cruise by the Crusaders

READING, Pa. Junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) posted his sixth hat trick of the season to lead a group of eight Lycoming players that dented the twine on Saturday, April 28, as the Warriors wrapped up their Commonwealth Conference season with a 12-2 win over Alvernia at Schlager Memorial Stadium.

The Warriors (7-7 overall, 4-2 Commonwealth) got a career-high two goals from senior Patrick Heagy (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) and the first career goal from senior Anthony Aloi (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) to highlight the team's day, as Lycoming outshot the Crusaders (5-11 overall, 0-6 Commonwealth), 39-20, and won the battle for groundballs, 45-27.

Lycoming will now get set for its fifth straight appearance in the postseason, as it will head to No. 2 seed Widener on Tuesday, May 1, for a 7:00 p.m. showdown in the first round of the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships.

The game is one of two semifinals in the Commonwealth Conference side of the championship, with top-seeded Albright facing No. 4 Lebanon Valley, in the other semifinal. The winners of the semifinals will meet in the Commonwealth Conference Championship game on Thursday, May 3, before the winners of the Commonwealth and Freedom conference championships will meet for the MAC title and NCAA bid on Saturday, May 5.

The Warriors opened up a 4-0 lead before halftime, as senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) scored the first goal just 35 seconds into the game. Heagy added the first of his two tallies and sophomore Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) each scored later in the opening quarter. In the second quarter, Romano scored the first of his three goals.

After Farrell scored to open scoring in the second half, Alvernia got a man-up goal, as each team scored twice in the third quarter. In the final 15 minutes, the Warriors broke the game open, scoring five times, with Aloi rounding out the scoring with 1:10 left on an unassisted tally.

Junior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) paced the Warriors with 12 faceoff wins and eight groundballs. Freshman Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) added six groundballs and Romano posted four caused turnovers and three groundballs. Senior Victor Marchetti (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) added two caused turnovers along with freshman Jeff Andrews (Sparta, N.J./Sparta). Sophomore Jason Breau (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) added two assists.

Colin Gallagher and Daniel Frantz each posted a goal for the Crusaders. Mark Grove led the team with five groundballs and Frantz posted four groundballs and three caused turnovers.

In net, sophomore Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) made seven saves to earn the win for the Warriors and Kevin Shupp added 18 saves in net for the Crusaders.


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