McCaffer, Reilly Lead Warriors' Rout of Crusaders

Reading, Pa. (March 29, 2014) - Lycoming (4-5, 2-0) scored six times in the third quarter to lead the Warriors to a 15-5 win over Alvernia (2-8. 0-2) Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Conference action.

The Crusaders responded quickly to Lycoming in the first quarter. Just a minute after Lycoming scored its second goal, Bejamin Manning (Perkiomenville, Pa./Boyertown) used an unassisted goal to put the Crusaders on the board. With 5:36 left in the quarter, Mallory Pierre (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) added a goal of his own, keeping Alvernia within one of the Warriors.

Alvernia continued to be aggressive in the second quarter, attempting three shots within the first five minutes. However, the Crusaders were unable to match Lycoming, falling behind to Lycoming 6-2.

The Crusaders connected twice in the third quarter. With 3:33 left in the quarter, Jared Toll (St. Catherines, Ontario/Lewisburg Area) broke up a Lycoming 5-goal run with an unassisted goal. Pierre followed suit two minutes later, picking up his second goal of day as the Crusaders closed the quarter down 12-4.

Alvernia scored the last goal of the fourth quarter as Pierre found Colin Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson), who found the net. Lycoming finished out with three goals for the 15-5 final.

Brandon Weaver (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) had 14 saves for the Crusaders.

Alvernia continues Commonwealth Conference action on Wednesday, travelling to Lebanon Valley.

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READING, Pa. Senior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) scored five goals and junior Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) added three goals and four assists to lead Lycoming to a 15-5 win over Alvernia in Commonwealth Conference action at Schlager Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon, March 29.

The Warriors (4-5 overall, 2-0 Commonwealth) won their fourth straight game after peppering Alvernia (2-8 overall, 0-2 Commonwealth) with 49 shots while allowing just 26. The Warriors also held a solid 35-23 advantage in ground balls, won 14 of 22 faceoffs and forced 22 Alvernia turnovers.

Lycoming started quick with a pair of goals in the first 3:06, but Alvernia responded with two of the next three goals before the end of the quarter. The Warriors began to take control in the middle two quarters, though, scoring eight straight goals, led by three from McCaffer during the run and a goal and two assists from both Reilly and sophomore Mike Cooper (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding).

By the time sophomore Lee Pappas (New Windsor, Md./Glenelg Country School) wrapped up the run with a goal with 4:57 left in the second half, the Warriors held an 11-2 lead. Alvernia scored two of the next three goals to end the quarter, but in the fourth period, Lycoming continued to score, using three unassisted goals to take a 15-4 lead before Alvernia scored the game's final tally with 5:01 left.

Reilly finished with three goals, four assists and five ground balls. Sophomore Michael Wagner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) posted two goals, an assist and four ground balls and Cooper added a goal, two assists and five ground balls. Junior John Scarponi (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) won 13 of 18 faceoffs at the 'x' and both junior Joe Marchetti (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) and freshman Jacob Eller (Durham, N.C./Riverside) caused two turnovers.

Mallory Pierre scored twice for the Crusaders and Benjamin Manning notched a goal and assist. Alex Evans scooped up four ground balls and Brett Gerdels caused two turnovers.

In net, junior Alex Wylly (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) (4-5) stopped eight shots to earn the win. Brandon Weaver (2-8) stopped 14 shots for Alvernia.

The Warriors finally end a five-game road trek when they host Messiah on Wednesday, April 2, in a key Commonwealth Conference game at 3:30 p.m.


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