Grizzlies Get First WILA Win in Dominating Fashion vs. NDNU

ALAMOSA, Colo.- Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) scored a season-high four goals, while Seth Stowell (Lakeside, Calif.) netted his fourth hat trick of the season, to lead a prolific Adams State offense in the Grizzlies' 16-7 WILA win over visiting Notre Dame de Namur on Sunday at ASU Lacrosse Field.

The Grizzlies, who snapped a 5-game slide while picking up their first WILA win of the season, scored at least three goals in each quarter as they posted a dominant 52-20 advantage in total shots while improving to 2-6 overall and to 1-2 in the WILA.

NDNU fell to 3-6 and to 0-4 in the WILA with the loss.

The Grizzlies' 16 goals are second most in the program's history and the most they have ever scored in 19 all-time WILA contests.

Throughout the day, the Grizzlies claimed a 55-31 edge in total ground balls while killing all four of the Argos' extra-man opportunities.

Bryden Pelletier (Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada) also did a good job on face-offs winning 12 of 18. Grizzly freshman Tanner Brown (Cedar Park, Texas) also went 6 for 7 at the spot as the Grizzlies won 20 of the 27 re-starts, a big factor in the win, their third straight against the Argos over the last two seasons.

The Grizzlies never trailed and broke what was a 2-2 dead-lock with a 6-1 spurt over a good chunk of the first half as the Bertrand brothers- Brian and Kevin- scored just 1:30 apart to put the Grizzlies in front for good.

Stowell also scored less than a minute after Kevin Bertrand's second tally of the game to give the Grizzlies a 5-2 lead that was trimmed slightly to 5-3 at the end of the first quarter.

The Grizzlies then scored three more goals, including a man-up tally from Alexander Rainey (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), to go up 8-3 before NDNU's top player Kevin Nguyen broke what was a NDNU scoring drought of 14:58 to pull the Argos within 8-4 at the half.

Dan Bentley then pulled NDNU to within 8-5 with the second half's opening goal before Mike Telles (Henderson, Nev.), Stowell and Bertrand all netted shots putting the Grizzlies in front 11-5.

The Argos would get within 12-7 early in the fourth quarter before Kevin Bertrand and Ian Morrison (Menlo Park, Calif.) extended the Grizzlies' advantage to 14-7.

Second-year Grizzly head coach John McCreery then cleared the benches as freshman AJ Gravel (Boise, Idaho) sophomore Jake Moberly (Colorado Springs, Colo.) each scored their first goals of the season to complete the scoring.

Kevin Bertrand finished the day with five offensive points while Morrison tallied four, with two goals and two assists. Stowell led all players with nine shots while Pelletier finished with a game-high seven ground balls, thanks to his face-off dominance.

Meanwhile, freshman Tyler Proctor (Henderson, Nev.) caused a career-high five turnovers to pace the Grizzly defense.

In net, freshman Alec Hamlin (Grass Valley, Calif.) made four saves to earn his first win.

NDNU net-minder Hunter Adams made 13 saves for the Argos while Nguyen finished with two goals and five ground balls to pace the visitors.

The two teams will meet again in a week in Belmont, Calif. The Grizzlies will also play at nearby Dominican University of California next Friday afternoon (Apr. 12) in San Rafael, Calif., before the re-match with the Argos.

The Penguins (6-4) defeated ASU 12-4 to begin their weekend in Colorado on Friday and claimed a thrilling 8-7 overtime win over Colorado Mesa University (5-4, 3-2 WILA) on Sunday in Grand Junction to improve to 4-0 in the WILA. They will be looking to seal up the WILA title with a win over the Grizzlies, who defeated the Penguins in California last season.


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