SVC Advances by Bethany to PAC Title Game

LATROBE (May 1) - The top-seeded Saint Vincent lacrosse team advanced to a second-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference championship game with a 13-2 victory over fourth-seeded Bethany on the SVC Turf.

The win sets up another meeting with third-seeded Thiel on Saturday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Chuck Noll Field. The Tomcats advanced with an 11-9 win at second-seeded Washington & Jefferson earlier in the week. SVC held on for an 11-10 win at Thiel on April 26.

The Bearcats struck twice within the first two minutes of the semifinal game to open up a 2-0 lead just 1:52 into play. Nick Pensyl started the scoring off an assist from Bryce Pasquariello at 13:53 and Tim Oxenreiter scored unassisted at 13:08. Pensyl assisted on a pair of goals late in the first quarter by Pasquariello and SVC led 4-0 after 15 minutes.

Peter Hronis made it a 5-0 lead 2:28 into the second period and Pensyl notched his second goal from a Pasquariello feed at 11:28, 6-0. The Bison responded with a pair of goals to cut the margin to 6-2, but a score by Matt Mackey at 5:22 and one by Kyle Arthur with 59 seconds in the half sent the Bearcats to an 8-2 lead through two periods.

In the second half, Mackey scored twice and Pensyl completed the hat trick, while Jon Wetzel and Brendon Masten each found the back of the net as well as Saint Vincent cruised to a 13-2 win in the #GreenGame.

SVC led on shots for the game, 25-19, thanks to a 9-3 lead in the first quarter. The Bearcats picked up 59 ground balls to the Bison's 44, and SVC won 11 of 19 face-offs.

Pensyl (three goals, two assists) and Pasquariello (two goals, three assists) led all players with five points. Mackey scored three goals en route to four points and Oxenreiter added a goal and an assist.

Greg Gonzalez picked up the win in net, making three saves in the first half. Logan Hoffman made two saves while playing the third quarter and Tim McCall added a save in his time during the fourth quarter.

Saint Vincent improves to 7-8 on the season with the victory and Bethany falls to 4-13 to end the year.

2014-05-01



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