Man-Up Opportunities Will Warriors Past Devils

MADISON, N.J. A stalwart defensive effort that saw junior goalkeeper Alex Wylly (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) stop 16 shots and an offensive effort that included five man-up goals helped Lycoming to a 12-5 win over FDU-Florham at Shields Field on Saturday afternoon, March 15.

The win is the first in first-year head coach Chris Scanlon's tenure, as the Warriors improved to 1-5 overall. FDU-Florham fell to 3-4 overall. Lycoming took advantage of the power play all game, as FDU-Florham was charged for eight penalties, and the Warriors' man-up offense finished 5-8 while holding the Devils to 0 for 3.

Senior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) led the Warriors with six goals and sophomore Mike Cooper (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and junior Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post East) each added two goals and two assists.

Holding a 7-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Warriors nearly left the door open, as FDU-Florham's Connor May scored twice to make it 7-4 with 13:24 left. Both teams had opportunities after that, but it was Lycoming that capitalized first, with Cooper scooping up a ground ball off a failed FDU-Florham clear attempt and then firing a shot into the net.

Off the ensuing faceoff, Reilly found McCaffer for a man-up goal, as Lycoming went on to score the next three goals as well, with junior Christian Jacobs (Gwynn Oak, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) finding McCaffer for his sixth goal to give Lycoming a 12-4 lead with 3:10 left. The Devils added a late goal to make up the final margin.

The Warriors built a 3-0 lead through the game's first 20 minutes, with Cooper scoring with 9:36 left in the second to cap the run. After a Devils goal, Reilly scored on a pass from junior Trevor Williams (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Catholic) just 30 seconds later and then 40 seconds after that, Reilly found McCaffer for a goal to give the Warriors a 5-1 halftime lead.

FDU-Florham closed within three goals with a goal at the 12:15 mark of the third quarter, but again, the Warriors responded, with McCaffer and Reilly both scoring in the quarter to take a 7-2 lead into the final quarter.

McCaffer led the Warriors with four ground balls, while senior Ben Adrian (Dallas, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), Williams and freshman Sig Sahli (Penfield, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) each added three to help the team scoop up 32.

May and Frank Reda led the Devils with two goals each. Dalton Rimmer led the Devils with six ground balls and Dan Decker posted five.

In net, Wylly (1-5) was outstanding, posting 16 saves, including 11 in the first half, to earn the win for the Warriors while George Beck (3-4) stopped 14 in the loss for the Devils.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, March 22, when they head to Gwynedd Mercy for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference game.


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