Dominican Downs Adams State to Clinch WILA Title

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Dominican's victory on Friday was more than a big win. It was a historic one. With their 20-6 triumph over Adams State , the first-place Penguins (7-4/5-0) clinched their first WILA title.

In addition, the victory was the fifth consecutive win by the Penguins, the longest winning streak in the lacrosse program's nine-year history at Dominican, and their 20 goals in the game matched a school record.

“It feels good, especially the way we played. That was one of the better games we played this year,” said Dominican head coach Ned Webster, who received a celebratory Gatorade bath when the game ended. “We have won games this year and I haven't felt entirely good about them. I feel pretty darn good about the way we won today.”

Senior Cam Evangelho scored a career-high six goals and Dalton Copeland added five goals as the Penguins overcame a goal by the Grizzlies(2-7/1-3) just 19 seconds into the game to overwhelm Adams State with shooting efficiency. Dominican scored six goals on its first seven shots and twice in the game had streaks when they scored seven unanswered goals. The Penguins' 20 goals came on their first 31 shots in the contest at Kennelly Field in John F. Allen Athletics Complex.

“We're looking for high percentage shots and I felt like the reason we scored the way we did was simply because we were patient,” Webster said. “We took the right shots.”

Evangelho and Copeland had seven shots apiece. Joining them in the scoring column were Jake Fritz (three goals), Conor Doyle (two goals) and freshmen Grant Clifford, Trevor Garner and Cody Bernstein who each contributed a goal. Bernstein also had five assists, giving him a team-best 40 points and WILA-high 21 assists this season. Sophomore Kevin Powers, the only player on the Penguins to record at least one point in every game this season, had three assists and also teamed with Copeland to dump the Gatorade on Webster.

Four years ago, when they entered Dominican together, Copeland and Evangelho probably didn't see a championship on the horizon. The Penguins had a record of 6-9 before they signed up and that 2009 season included some lopsided losses.

“This championship means everything,” said Copeland, who now has 62 career goals at Dominican.

“It shows all the hard work we put into the program,” said Evangelho, who has 60 career goals including a team-best 25 this season. “It's kind of indescribable being able to claim the WILA title for our school.”

It was the second time Dominican has beaten Adams State this season. It also avenged a home loss to the Grizzlies last year when the Penguins nearly overcame a seven goal second-half deficit before bowing 14-13 to Adams State.

The Penguins, who have won 11 of their 17 games since that defeat, have two home games remaining this season – next Friday, April 19 against Whittier College at Kennelly Field at 4:00 p.m. then the third annual Battle For The Bay with WILA and Bay Area rival Notre Dame de Namur at historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Saturday night, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif.- For the second time in eight days, Adams State fell to the Dominican Penguins, who clinched the WILA title with a 20-6 win over the Grizzlies, Friday afternoon here on Kennelly Field at the John F. Allen Athletic Complex.

The Penguins, who had claimed a 12-4 win over the Grizzlies on the ASU Lacrosse & Soccer Field in Alamosa, Colo., last Friday, scored six goals in the first quarter and went on an 5-0 run in the second while posting fifth straight win. They were led by six goals from Cam Evangelho, the WILA's leading goal scorer and improved to 7-4 overall and to a perfect 5-0 in WILA play, good for a full 2-game lead over 2012 WILA Champions Colorado Mesa.

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