Penguins End Season with Win in Battle for the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO - Dominican University of California put the finishing touches on a record-breaking season on Saturday night, defeating rival Notre Dame de Namur University 22-3 at chilly Bob St. Clair Field in 88-year-old Kezar Stadium, the original home of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.

With the victory, the Penguins' sixth in their last seven games, Dominican (8-5/6-0) set team school records for wins, goals, and total points in a single-season in its nine-year history. The Penguins' 22 goals also broke a team single-game record.

"It was a heck of a season and a heck of an exclamation point to the season," Dominican Head Coach Ned Webster told his team after the game. "Seniors, we loved to send you out the right way."

Freshman Cody Bernstein, his brother Jake, and sophomore Kiel Crowley-Galvin each scored three goals against the Argonauts (4-8/0-6) and teammates Dalton Copeland,Jake Fritz, Kevin Powers, and Cam Evangelho - one of seven seniors playing the final game of their Dominican careers - netted two goals apiece as the Penguins won their annual "Battle For The Bay" meeting for the third consecutive year. Blake Crossman's first goal of the season and seniors Jim Little's and Kyle Mitchell's last goals of their Dominican careers were part of a Penguins' scoring barrage that that featured 12 different goal scorers.

"This game was all about us coming together and just finishing what we started as a family," said Little, who was one of eight different Dominican players to record an assist in the game.

"It means a lot because this is the last time we'll play together as seniors," Mitchell said. "We came here knowing it was a team that would build the program. We accomplished our goal."

Mitchell, Little and Evangelho - who led the team this season with 28 goals - along with fellow seniors Tai Sing Hee, Pat Platon, Kory Engle, and Ryan Williams capped a memorable season highlighted by the Penguins' first Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title, which they clinched on April 1.

In its final game, Dominican scored four goals in a span of 1:28 in the first period to build a 6-1 first-period lead, then tallied three in 82 seconds in the second period en route to amassing a 13-2 halftime advantage. The Penguins scored their first 14 goals on Saturday on 23 shots.

Defensively, the Penguins, playing without injured Austin Franks, were stout. Hee and Brian Raaka caused key turnovers in the first half.


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