Wed March 26, 2014
The Dominican University of California men’s lacrosse team made a successful east coast trip to continue their season. Four straight road games tested the Penguins well in the heart of the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association season.
Dominican faced Queens University of Charlotte on March 8 and defeated the Royals 13-10. Cody Bernstein and Jack Beall each had a pair of goals early but the Royals kept it close 6-5 in the second quarter. Goalie Sean Donohue clamped down in the second half and finished with 10 saves.
“I think our program matured quite a bit with this win versus a very solid, well-coached team,” said coach Ned Webster.
No. 11 Pfeiffer University was a tougher matchup. At the time Dominican was No. 13 and featured the best man up offense in Division II. But they were just one of ten in man up opportunities against Pfeiffer and played from behind all game ending in a 21-13 result. Kevin Powers had four goals on six shots and Dylan Acevedo won 16 of 26 face-offs, but missed chances and Pfeiffer’s Tucker Hammock’s seven goals were too much to overcome.
Coker College from Hartsville, South Carolina could not handle a Dominican second quarter 8-0 outburst and fell 18-9 on March 13. Dominican dominated the groundballs 36-26 and didn’t let in a goal for 24 straight minutes. Five Dominican players scored two goals apiece in a team effort that had Reis Stanley step into goal in the second half for his first ever collegiate action.
On March 16 Dominican beat Lindenwood University in Missouri 10-6 to complete a 3-1 trip away from home. It was a challenge for redshirt freshman Stanley but one he stepped into seamlessly with 18 saves. Dominican won the defensive battle because it had to as Lindenwood won 15 of 20 face-offs. Powers had three goals and an assist to lead Dominican to a positive end to the trip.
Powers and Stanley were rewarded for their efforts, named WILA players of the week for the week of March 10-16. Stanley got his first collegiate win against Lindenwood and had nine second half saves against Coker. Powers totaled 11 goals and three assists in the week, needing just 21 shots to do so.