Big First Half Helps Warriors Down Griffins

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. A nine-goal first half, including five scores from junior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus), helped Lycoming earn its first win of the year, posting a 13-7 win over Gwynedd-Mercy, in non-conference action at the Shangraw Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon, March 2.

McCaffer posted his five goals on nine shots, and he also posted five ground balls, but he was just one part of a multi-faceted Lycoming (1-3 overall) offense. Freshman Mike Cooper (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding) posted his first career hat trick with three goals and an assist. Sophomore Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) posted a goal and four assists and senior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) added a career-high four points with a goal and three assists. Junior Stephen Campaniollo (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) added a goal and assist.

The Griffins (0-1 overall) got out to a quick start, scoring two goals in the first 2:01 of the game, but the Warriors responded, as Reilly found McCaffer twice in a 1:07 span to tie the game. Lurie took over after that, giving the Warriors the lead with 4:25 left on an isolation play, driving in and firing a shot into the upper left corner.

Then Lurie assisted on the next two goals, one to Cooper and one to McCaffer, giving Lycoming a 5-2 lead 40 seconds into the second quarter. The Griffins cut the lead to two with a goal at the 12:05 mark, but Reilly answered with an unassisted goal 20 seconds later and Cooper found the back of the net 35 seconds after that, as the Warriors reeled off four more goals to take a 9-3 lead with 7:26 left.

The Griffins cut the lead to five at 9-4 at the break, but goals from junior Jason Breau (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Cooper and sophomore Kieran McLaughlin (Elverson, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) helped Lycoming take an eight goal lead midway through the third quarter.

Gwynedd-Mercy scored twice more in the third quarter and drew within five with 2:11 left in the game on a score by Bill Beck, but Campaniollo rounded out the scoring with a tally with 1:21 left.

Sophomore Alex Wylly (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) earned his first career win in net, making 19 saves and allowing just seven goals. He also picked up five ground balls. The squad also played well defensively, with freshman Michael Wagner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) posting four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Freshman Dan DeClerk (Victor, N.Y./Victor) added four ground balls and a caused turnover. Senior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) notched seven groundballs and won 11 faceoffs, becoming the seventh player in school history to win 100 career faceoffs.

The Griffins were led by four scores from Roy Bakeoven and Bill Beck added two goals and two assists. Dustan Manglin also posted three assists. Mark Vattilana posted eight ground balls and Tony McCraw notched five and won eight faceoffs.

The Warriors get back on the field on Wednesday, March 6, when they host Ithaca at 3:30 p.m. at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

2013-03-02



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