Big Second Quarter Propels No. 13 Dominican Over Coker

HARTSVILLE, S.C. Coker fell to the No. 13 nationally ranked Dominican (CA) Penguins on Thursday (Mar. 13) in a non-conference match-up.

Leading the offense for the Cobras was Mike Martiello and Ryan Maurer. Martiello found the back of the net four times, while Maurer netted two goals. Rounding out the scoring for the Navy and Yellow were Shane Wilson, Timothy Smith and John Bretton, who all tallied one goal on the day. In addition to his goal, Bretton handed out a team-high three assists, while Andy Campos chipped in one.

Zack Price and Dylan Marks headed the defense picking up six and four grounds, respectively. With 11 saves on the afternoon, Tim Ryan registered his seventh consecutive double-digit saves game of the season.

After a tightly contested first period the Cobras would hit troubled waters in the second and fall behind 11-3 going into halftime.

The second half of the game would be physical and competitive like the first period and would see the Cobras and Penguins trade goals. Dominican's 8-0 second quarter run would prove to be the difference maker in the game. Coker would net six goals in the second half, while Dominican would score seven to capture a 18-9 victory.

The Cobras will hit the road this weekend for a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday (Mar. 15) with the Pionners of Tusculum College. The game is slated for a 12:00 p.m. start.

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. - No. 13 Dominican University of California exploded with an 8-0 outburst in the second quarter on Thursday and got back on track in a big way with an 18-9 victory at Coker College.

The Cobras (3-4) took an early 2-0 lead before Trevor Garner got the Penguins (3-1) on the board with an unassisted goal to make it 2-1 with 10:55 to go in the first. Connor Pryorconnected with Kevin Powers a minute later to tie the game, and Powers assisted Cody Bernstein to give Dominican its first lead of the day at the seven-minute mark.

Shane Wilson tied it up for the Cobras at the two-minute mark in the first quarter but the Dominican defense wouldn't allow another goal for the next 24 minutes of action. The Penguins fired off the next nine goals and held the Cobras scoreless in the second quarter.

After allowing three of the four shots that came his way in the first quarter, Dominican goalie Sean Donohue clamped down and made five saves in the second quarter to earn his third win of the season. Reis Stanley took over netminding duties in the second half and made nine saves and allowed six goals in his first appearance of the season.

Dominican was dominant all over the field, snatching up 10 more groundballs (36-26). Dylan Acevedo continued his strong face-off work, winning 12 of his 18 face-offs.

Junior attackman Kevin Powers led the Penguins for the second straight game. He had four goals on eight shots and a pair of assists.

Five Dominican players scored two goals apiece: Cody Bernstein, Jake Bernstein, Grant Clifford, Jake Fritz, and Garner. Cody Bernstein also had a pair of assists. Dalton Copeland added a goal and two assists. Jack Beall and Pryor each had one goal and one assist and Kiel Crowley-Galvin rounded out the Penguins to score with a goal.

Mike Martiello led the Cobras with four goals on 11 shots.

The Penguins wrap up the four-game road trip on Sunday, March 16 at Lindenwood University. The two teams last met in 2012, when Lindendwood was still a member of the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The Penguins won both contests that season, 12-5 and 15-8. Face-off is slated for 12:00 p.m. in St. Charles, Mo.


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