Opportunistic Warriors Strike for 6-2 Win Over Falcons

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. An outstanding defensive performance and an opportunistic three-goal third quarter helped Lycoming post a 6-2 Commonwealth Conference win over Messiah for its fifth straight victory on Wednesday, April 2, at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

In the second half, the Warriors (5-5 overall) may have been outshot, 17-10, but the team was resilient, forcing nine turnovers, picking up 13 ground balls despite not winning a faceoff and notching seven saves.

The five-game winning streak is the longest for the team since a five-game stretch from March 30-April 13, 2011.

With the score knotted at two entering the second half, the Warriors and Falcons both struggled to gain offensive momentum throughout the opening minutes of the third quarter. Finally, senior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) dodged from behind the net, wrapped around the right side of the crease and fired a shot into the left netting with 8:05 left. Less than 90 seconds later, the Warriors ran out in transition, with junior Christian Jacobs (Gwynn Oak, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) running out and finding McCaffer open in front of the net.

With the 4-2 lead, the Warriors kept cruising, with McCaffer scoring on a dish by sophomore Mike Cooper (Riva, Md./Archbishop Spalding) at the 1:52 mark.

In the fourth quarter, Messiah (4-5 overall, 2-1 Commonwealth) was able to fire 10 shots on net, but junior Alex Wylly (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) was up to the task, making six stops in the period.

Meanwhile, the Warriors got one more score in the period, as sophomore Jake Wanamaker (Waldwick, N.J./Waldwick) found Cooper in front of the net for a man-up goal with 10:31 left to make up the final margin.

The Warriors got on the scoreboard first in the first quarter, with Cooper scoring unassisted before Messiah answered with a goal at the 3:12 mark. Lycoming took the lead back with a score from McCaffer in front of the net, but just three seconds later, Will Franken tied the game at two, where it stayed until McCaffer broke the tie in the third quarter.

McCaffer, who became the 12th player in school history to surpass 90 career goals with his third of the game, finished with four goals. Cooper posted two goals and an assist to go with three ground balls and Wanamaker also added two assists.

Wylly led the team with four ground balls and junior Thomas Hanson (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) and sophomore James Ahrens (Corning, N.Y/Corning East) each added three ground balls. Sophomore Michael Wagner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) notched three ground balls and two caused turnovers and senior Ben Adrian (Dallas, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) added two caused turnovers. Franken and Harris scored for the Falcons and Nate Nester and Ryan Mayer posted assists. Chris Bry and Chris Ruger posted five ground balls and Ruger also added two caused turnovers.

In net, Wylly (5-5) finished with 13 stops while earning the win. Brooks Arnold (4-5) stopped seven shots for the Falcons.

The Warriors get back in action on Saturday, April 5, when they head to Hood for a 1:00 p.m. Commonwealth Conference game.


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