Penguins Can't Keep Pace with Bobcats

BOONE, N.C. -- Sophomore Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) made 10 saves to pace Lees-McRae, but Dominican University outscored the Bobcats by a 12-0 margin in the second half en route to a 20-1 victory in non-conference play at Watauga High School on Thursday evening.

Dominican (2-2) outshot Lees-McRae (0-7) by a 51-11 margin in the contest, including a 22-3 advantage in the second half, while converting 12 of 13 clears and winning 17 of 24 face-offs. The Penguins scooped up 49 grounds balls to the Bobcats' 21, as Lees-McRae forced 12 Dominican turnovers on the night.

Jarrod Brady (Kernersville, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with his second goal of the season, as Harrison posted his sixth game of the campaign with double-digit saves. Britton Baker (Bluffton, S.C.) chipped in a team-high five ground balls, while Kyle Judge (Hampstead, Md.) tallied an assist.

Brock Beall led the way for Dominican with five goals, as Jake Fritz added a hat trick and one assist. Dalton Copeland, Cam Evangelho, and Kevin Powers each chipped in two goals, while Copeland dished out a contest-best three assists. Jake Craycraft posted nine ground balls, as Trevor Garner and Blake Crossman both scooped up eight grounders. Sean Donohue made five saves for the Penguins in the contest.

The Bobcats battled hard throughout the contest, hustling for every ball and contesting each shot from the Penguins. Dominican would jump out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first quarter following a late strike by Powers off a pass from Fritz with 3:10 to go in the period.

The Penguins would push the advantage to 8-0 in the second before Brady answered for the Bobcats with 1:25 left before the break, receiving a pass from Judge and beating the goalie to trim the margin to 8-1.

Dominican responded in the second half, outscoring the Bobcats by a 12-0 margin over the final two quarters en route to the 20-1 victory.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Sunday, March 10 when the Bobcats host Lake Erie at 1:00 p.m. on Tate Field.

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BOONE, N.C. - Dominican University had to play in what may have been the coldest conditions ever for the program - 20 degrees with a stiff breeze and windchill that made it feel even colder. That didn't stop the Penguins from responding with the most lopsided win in program history, a 20-1 victory over Lees-McRae College on Thursday.

Dominican (2-2), who was handed a tough 10-9 overtime loss to preseason ranked Mars Hill College on Tuesday, posted its biggest offensive display since a 20-6 victory over Southwestern University during the 2010 season.

Blake Crossman did the dirty work in the snow for the Penguins and took every one of the team's 24 faceoffs, winning over two thirds of them with 17.

The Penguins built an early 5-0 lead and extended it to 8-1 by halftime. Nine Dominican players scored in the contest. Junior Brock Beall exploded for a career-high five goals on eight shots. Sophomore Jake Fritz led the charge with a hat trick and an assist. Junior Dalton Copeland had another strong showing with two goals and three assists, while sophomore Kevin Powers scored twice and tallied two assists.

Freshman Grant Clifford, senior co-captain Cam Evangelho each added a pair of goals and an assist. Sophomore Ian Nickel also added a pair of goals in the victory. Freshman Cody Bernstein scored once and dished out a pair of assists. Freshman Trevor Garner rounded out the offensive explosion with the first goal of the game.

The Penguins' trio of goalies - Sean Donohue, Ryan Williams, and Nick Dellipizzi - all saw the field and after allowing a goal with just over a minute in the first half, shutout the Bobcats (0-7) the rest of the contest.

"We got to play everybody today, it made for lots of good experience for guys," said Head Coach Ned Webster. "We rode very hard and got after groundballs in undesirable conditions."

The Penguins will have to bring the same intensity again in their final two games of the road trip. Dominican heads to No. 10 Pfeiffer on Saturday, March 9 and concludes the road trip against the No. 1 NCAA Division II team in the nation, Meryhurst, on Tuesday, March 12.


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