No. 13 Dominican Tops Lindenwood for Winning Road Trip

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - No. 13 Dominican University of California used a strong first half for a 10-6 victory at Lindenwood on Sunday, making the Penguins' trip east a winning one.

While the Penguins (4-1) outscored the Lions (0-4), Dominican was actually outshot 40-33. That challenged redshirt freshman Reis Stanley. In his first career start, the goalkeeper made 18 saves and earned his first career win as well.

That strong play at net made up for an off-day in the face-off circle, where Dominican won just five of 20 face-offs.

"When the face-off game is struggling it really puts pressure on the defense and ours stepped up big time today," said Dominican Head Coach Ned Webster. "We didn't have the ball much in the second half. Reis made the saves we needed today as well as a few clutch ones on the doorstep. I'm excited to see this team gel each week moving forward."

Dalton Copeland's team-leading sixth assist to Kevin Powers put the Penguins up on the scoreboard less than a minute into play and Dominican would never relinquish that lead. Four minutes later, Powers teamed up with Grant Clifford and less than a minute after that second goal, Dominican led 3-0 on an unassisted look from Jake Fritz.

Lindenwood scored once in the first quarter but three consecutive Dominican goals made for a 6-2 lead by the time the first half had finished. Dominican led 9-3 by the end of the third quarter and while the Lions made a late run, the defense held strong.

Dominican had goals from six different players. Powers led all players with a hat trick and added an assist, which gives him the team lead with 14 goals and 19 points. Jake Bernstein added two goals and an assist and Clifford added two goals. Cody Bernstein tallied a goal and an assist. Cam Wilkerson netted the first goal of his collegiate career, which came unassisted in the third quarter.

Brandon Stuebing led Lindendwood with halt of its goals.

The Penguins return home on Saturday, March 22 to host Notre Dame de Namur in Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association action. Face-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. at Kennelly Field on the John F. Allen Athletics Complex.

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