March 1, 2012

Dominican (Calif.) Downs Westminster (Utah)

from press release

— Freshmen Kevin Powers and Jake Fritz combined for nine goals and sophomore goalkeeper Sean Donohue made 16 saves on Thursday as the Dominican University of California lacrosse team shut down powerful Westminster College of Utah, 11-3, handing the NAIA's sixth-ranked team their first loss of the season.

Fritz scored the game's first two goals and Powers tallied the next four in succession as the Penguins (2-1) launched 37 shots and controlled the game from the outset. They built an 8-1 lead in the third quarter after the Griffins (4-1) had outscored their first three opponents 49-14 in the first three quarters then throttled St. Mary's College club team 10-3 on Tuesday.

"We knew they shot the ball a lot so we knew we had to play team defense," Donohue said. "It all came down to the defense today and we all played together as unit."

The defense was led by freshmen Dane Farguson and Brian Raaka, Austin Franks, Tai Sing Hee, and seniors Corey Whelan and Ben Wang, who also had two assists. Attacker Cam Evangelho and freshman Dylan Acevedo also scored for the Penguins while freshmen Kiel Crowley-Galvin and Conor Doyle recorded assists for Dominican. It was the first collegiate point for Doyle, a Redwood High School product.

They all kept Westminster players at a comfortable distance away from Donohue.

"If they aren't getting in the paint and they are just taking those 10-to-12 yard shots, that's what I love and that's what all goalies love," Donohue said. "It was a defensive win."

Head Coach Ned Webster concurred.

"Sean was very steady," Webster said. "I think the goals he let in were in tight. He made saves he should make and that's all we ask him to do."

The Penguins coach, however, was not overly pleased with the mental part of his team's play against the Griffins, who returned 21 players from their 2011 team that went 13-8 and won the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.

"They've had success this year and the past several years. We knew they were a very steady well-coached team," Webster said. "We knew we would have to play hard and we would have to play smart, and I'm not entirely sure we did either."

Additionally, the Griffins had more groundballs (27-23) and won more face-offs than the Penguins, two statistical categories the Penguins take great pride in winning.

"It's nice to know that when we're playing a pretty good team like Westminster, even if we don't play well we can still gut it out and win," Webster said. "We have standards and we didn't play to those standards."

The Penguins embark on their first road trip of the season Monday when they travel to Missouri for three games in six days. They play Fontbonne University on Tuesday night then visit Lindenwood University on Thursday night before ending the trip by facing Adelphi University, the No. 2 ranked NCAA Div. II team in the country on March 11.

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