Warriors Fall to Pride in Commonwealth Semifinals

CHESTER, Pa. Seven Lycoming players scored in Tuesday's Commonwealth Conference semifinal game against No. 2-seed Widener, but five-goal second and fourth quarters helped Widener post a 17-7 win at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

The Warriors (7-8 overall) got out to an early lead, as senior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) won the faceoff and senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) scored on the team's first shot. The Pride scored three goals in the next three minutes before junior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) won a faceoff and drove the field for a score to make it 3-2.

A goal from junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) tied the game at three and a goal by sophomore Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) scored on a dish by junior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) with 8:41 left.

However, the Pride (8-7 overall) scored the next nine goals, helping them take a 12-4 lead with 12:31 left in the third quarter. The Warriors closed within five goals with three straight goals, as senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) scored with 15 seconds left in the third to make it 12-7. That was as close as the team could get though, as the Pride closed the game with four more goals in the fourth quarter.

Payne led the Warriors with a goal and assist in his final collegiate game to finish his career fifth with 126 career goals and ninth with 167 career points. Clemente won 10 of 21 faceoffs and picked up seven groundballs. In net, sophomore Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) posted seven saves.

Johnny Casey led the Pride with five goals and an assist and Mark Kane and Ryan Shewell each added three goals. Craig Hunsberger picked up eight groundballs. Mac Nestler made nine saves in the net to earn the win.

No. 2 seed Widener will head to No. 1 Albright for the Commonwealth Conference Championship game on Thursday.


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