Warriors Rally But Fall to No. 2 Mustangs

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Senior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) and junior Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West) put on a show against second-ranked Stevenson on Saturday, April 26, at the Shangraw Athletic Complex, as the pair combined for five goals and five assists, but Stevenson scored 10 goals in each half to notch a 20-7 Commonwealth Conference win in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Warriors (6-9 overall, 4-4 Commonwealth) still clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Commonwealth Conference playoffs by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker with No. 5 Messiah, who earned the final slot in the conference playoffs with a 20-2 win over Alvernia. Lycoming will face Messiah in a first round playoff game on Tuesday, April 29 at the Shangraw Athletic Complex. It is the first time the Warriors have hosted a playoff game since 2010.

Stevenson improved to 15-2 overall and 8-0 in the Commonwealth Conference, extending its career record to 16-0 in Commonwealth Conference play.

McCaffer finished with four goals against the Mustangs, as he wrapped up the regular season by moving into the top 10 in school history in goals in a season. He is currently eighth in school history with 46 goals, four goals shy of becoming the fifth player in school history to reach 50 goals in a season.

Reilly finished with a goal and five assists, finishing the regular season with 19 goals and 21 assists, as he moved within an assist of becoming the sixth player in school history to notch 75 assists in a career.

The Mustangs started the game with a pair of quick goals before Reilly got the team on the board with a transition goal on a dish from freshman Jacob Eller (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) at the 8:11 mark of the first quarter. Stevenson struck for two more goals, but the Warriors drew within two goals when Reilly found McCaffer for a goal in front of the net with 1:40 left in the first quarter.

Stevenson began to get separation in the second quarter, scoring six goals to take a 10-3 lead into the break. To open the second half, the Mustangs scored the first seven goals before Reilly found senior Jason Breau (Lima, N.Y./Honeyoye Falls-Lima) with 12:33 left in the game. After a Stevenson goal, the Warriors rallied with three of the next four goals, two coming from McCaffer. A Mustang goal capped the scoring with 1:39 left.

Sophomore Lee Pappas (New Windsor, Md./Glenelg Country School) and sophomore Michael Wagner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) led the Warriors with three ground balls and Reilly posted two of the team's nine caused turnovers.

Chris Dashiell led the Mustangs with five goals and four assists. Stephen Banick notched a goal and five assists and both Billy Burgoyne and Glen Tomkins added three goals. Justin Buonomo picked up 15 ground balls and Kyle McNamara added two caused turnovers.

In net, junior Alex Wylly (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) (6-9) posted 22 saves and scooped up a team-high six ground balls for the Warriors. Dimitri Pecunes (14-2) finished with five saves to earn the win for the Mustangs. He allowed three goals in 41 minutes.

2014-04-26



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