Quick Start from Dominican Drops the Grizzlies

ALAMOSA, Colo.-Adams State dropped its fifth straight contest by a 12-4 tally Friday afternoon at home against visiting Dominican (Ca.) in a WILA match-up. The Grizzlies fall to 1-6 overall, 0-2 in WILA play.

Dominican jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead before Mike Telles (Henderson, Nev.) scored his 13th goal of the season on an assist from Josh Peterman (Santa Ana, Calif.) to put the Grizzlies on the board.

Telles would finish the afternoon with two goals for a total of 14 on the season, while Peterman had one goal and one assist on the day.

Dominican would counter however, scoring two goals in just 1:13 to build a 6-1 lead before Telles would put another one in the back of the net with just four seconds left in the period, this time assisted by Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.).

The Grizzlies were dominated on shots on goal in the first period, as Dominican put 14 shots on the board compared to just four for Adams State. Both teams were even in shots during the second period, but Dominican outscored the Grizzlies 3-1 to take a 9-3 lead into halftime. Dominican was largely aided in the second period by a three-minute unreleasable ASU penalty in which they scored two man-up goals.

ASU's lone second period goal was scored by Anthony Damico (Littleton, Colo.), his first of the season, and was assisted by Jameson Bobo (Petaluma, Calif.).

Peterman came out and scored early in the third period on a Damico assist, but Dominican would put three goals on the board before the period ended to push the score to a final of 12-4.

The Grizzlies came into the match-up leading the nation in caused turnovers, averaging 13.7 per game. The Grizzlies were their normal selves in that category, causing 14 turnovers, but Jordan Stillwagon (Littleton, Colo.), who leads the nation in caused turnovers, did not have a caused turnover in this afternoon's contest.

Adams State will be in action one more time this weekend, taking on Notre Dame de Namur at home in conference action on Sunday.

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ALAMOSA, Colo. - The return of sophomore Jake Bernstein to the Dominican University of California lineup provided a high in the Rocky Mountain state on Friday.

Bernstein, who missed the last five games due to injury, had two goals and an assist in the opening period and classmate Kevin Powers recorded his first hat trick of the season as the Penguins jumped to an early 6-1 lead en route to a 12-4 victory over Adams State. The win, the third in a row by Dominican, kept the Penguins (5-4/3-0) in first place in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association with a showdown looming on Sunday, March 7 in Grand Junction against Colorado Mesa University.

“Having Jake back is a big boost for us all over the field,” said Head Coach Ned Webster. “He is a shot of adrenaline for our team.”

The Penguins had seven different players score goals and seven record assists against Adams State (1-6/0-2). Jake Fritz and Cody Bernstein, Jake's younger brother, had two assists apiece while freshman Grant Clifford and senior Cam Evangelho both tallied two goals for Dominican including Evangelho's team-leading eighth man-up goal this season. The Penguins came into the game leading the nation in NCAA Division II in man-up offense scoring percentage (.514).

Offensively, Dominican was sparked by Dylan Acevedo (team-bet six ground balls) and Blake Crossman, who combined to win 13 of 20 face-off games in the game.

“Once we had the ball on offense, I felt we moved it well and took quality shots,” Webster said.

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