March 7, 2013

Penguins best Bobcats, 20-1

BOONE, N.C. --- Sophomore Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) made 10 saves to pace the Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team, as Dominican University of California outscored the Bobcats by a 12-0 margin in the second half en route to a 20-1 victory in non-conference play at Watauga High School on Thursday evening.

Dominican (2-2) outshot Lees-McRae (0-7) by a 51-11 margin in the contest, including a 22-3 advantage in the second half, while converting 12-of-13 clears and winning 17-of-24 face-offs. The Penguins scooped up 49 grounds balls to the Bobcats' 21, as Lees-McRae forced 12 Dominican turnovers on the night.

Jarrod Brady (Kernersville, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with his second goal of the season, as Harrison posted his sixth game of the campaign with double-digit saves. Britton Baker (Bluffton, S.C.) chipped in a team-high five ground balls, while Kyle Judge (Hampstead, Md.) tallied an assist.

Brock Beall led the way for Dominican with five goals, as Jake Fritz added a hat trick and one assist. Dalton Copeland, Cam Evangelho, and Kevin Powers each chipped in two goals, while Copeland dished out a contest-best three assists. Jake Craycraft posted nine ground balls, as Trevor Garner and Blake Crossman both scooped up eight grounders. Sean Donohue made five saves for the Penguins in the contest.

The Bobcats battled hard throughout the contest, hustling for every ball and contesting each shot from the Penguins. Dominican would jump out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first quarter following a late strike by Powers off a pass from Fritz with 3:10 to go in the period.

The Penguins would push the advantage to 8-0 in the second before Brady answered for the Bobcats with 1:25 left before the break, receiving a pass from Judge and beating the goalie to trim the margin to 8-1.

Dominican responded in the second half, outscoring the Bobcats by a 12-0 margin over the final two quarters en route to the 20-1 victory.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Sunday, March 10 when the Bobcats host Lake Erie College at 1 p.m. on Tate Field.

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