Penguins Victorious in Dominican vs. Dominican Match-up

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - In an East Coast-West Coast lacrosse match-up of Dominican schools, California prevailed in record fashion on Saturday.

Freshman Grant Clifford tallied a career-high four goals and senior Cam Evangelho netted three goals, capped by the 50th of his career, as Dominican University of California scored early and often en route to an 18-7 victory over Dominican College of New York at Kennelly Field in the John F. Allen Athletics Complex.

Cody Bernstein, Jake Fritz, Dylan Acevedo, and Conor Doyle contributed two goals and Kevin Powers added three assists for the Penguins (4-4), who launched a school record 52 shots at the Chargers (0-5) from Rockland County, 17 miles north of New York City.

For Evangelho, who took over the team lead in goals with 15 this season, it was a milestone day and a reminder that he made the right choice to attend Dominican in California. Coming out of Tesoro High School, he first considered attending Dominican College in New York, yet decided not to follow a high school teammate there. Dominican College won the last meeting between the two teams in 2010 in New York, beating the Penguins 13-4 and limiting them to 15 shots in Evangelho's freshmen year.

Evangelho and the Penguins got their long-awaited revenge on Saturday, ironically amassing a 13-4 lead by halftime.

"It shows the progress that lacrosse has made on the West Coast and the strides that Coach [Ned] Webster has made with our program in bringing in high-caliber recruits," Evangelho said. "It shows the cohesion we have as a unit offensively and defensively."

Seven different Penguins scored in the opening 10 minutes of the game as the host team outshot the Chargers 18-1 to build a 7-0 advantage. The Penguins extended that lead to 11-1 by the 12:26 mark of the second period after Evangelho scored his third goal of the game. The Chargers called timeout and Webster started substituting liberally. The Penguins used 26 players in the first half. Eleven of them either scored or had an assist.

Sean Donohue was replaced in goal in the second half by Ryan Williams who was replaced in the fourth period by Nick Dellipizzi. The three goalkeepers combined for 10 saves.

Offensively, Ian Nickel, Brock Beall and Dalton Copeland joined the list of nine Penguins who scored and freshman Jake Craycraft led the team in shots with six. Cody Bernstein was one of eight Penguins to record an assist. His two assists gave him a team-leading 27 points this season.

In addition, the Penguins dominated time of possession and committed only five turnovers, a season-low, in the contest. It was the fewest turnovers by the Penguins in a game since April 9, 2011 at Notre Dame de Namur.

The Penguins, in first place in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, resume WILA play on Friday with a two-game road trip to Colorado. Dominican plays at Adams State then, on Sunday, at Colorado Mesa.


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