Webber Men: Warriors Bounce back with 14-7 Victory over Siena Heights

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via Webber Intl press release


WESTFIELD, Ind. (February 18, 2022) – The Webber International University played in its second game in as many days, facing Siena Heights University on Friday afternoon in game two of the NAIA Invitational. The Warriors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 14-7 victory over the Saints.
The Warriors (3-1 overall) and Saints (0-1) were pretty close in terms of shots with Siena Heights having the slight edge, 35-32. The two teams both committed a similar number of turnovers, however, the Warriors finished with 27 ground balls compared to the Saints’ 16. Webber also struggled with face offs, winning just seven of the 24 total face off opportunities.
The game would start scoreless through the first five and a half minutes, but Webber would get on the board first after a pass from Jonathan Schrager would find Alexander Kew who would fire home the first goal. The Warriors would score four more over the next five minutes to jump out to an early 5-0 lead. Each of the first five goals would come from different goal scorers. The Saints would score their first goal of the game with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. Less than a minute later, Alex West would score off of a pass from Chase Jackson. Webber would add one more before the end of the quarter, an unassisted man-up goal from Kew for his second of the game.
Just 30 seconds into the second quarter, the Saints would score to cut the lead to 7-2. The Warriors would keep on the pressure, as Kew would receive a pass from Jackson and score his third of the game. Another goal from West, this time assisted by Kew, would earn the Warriors a 9-2 lead. Less than a minute later, Siena Heights would score a man-up goal of their own. With just under five minutes left in the half, the two teams would trade goals just twenty seconds apart as a solo goal from Blake Nelson would be quickly responded by a Saints goal to enter halftime at 10-4.
Offense from both sides would slow down throughout the second half but the Warriors would still score three times in the third quarter. First, a man-up goal from Nelson followed by a goal from Schrager and another solo goal from Nelson would extend the Webber lead to nine. Siena Heights would score with just five seconds left in the third quarter.
A goal from Jack Ostrander assisted by Philip Scopano with 10:30 left in the game would be the last goal of the game for the Warriors. The Saints would score twice over the last six and a half minutes of the game but Webber would see out the 14-7 victory.
Kew led the Warriors offensively with five points. He ended the game with three goals, two assists, and two ground balls while Jackson finished with one goal, three assists, and one ground ball. Nelson earned his first hat-trick of the season with three goals while West tallied two goals. Schrager had a goal and an assist for a season-high two points. Pallone III, Ostrander, Daniel McClure, and Christian Tapia all had one goal each.
Jordan Elam led the team with four caused turnovers followed by Pallone III with three and Austin Schepers with two. Pallone III also finished with three ground balls as well as Dane FasanoConnor Herring, and Mark Valentino.
Alex Cordero played just over 53 minutes in goal making 12 saves while Ryan Prylinski subbed in for roughly six and a half minutes, making five saves.
The Warriors now travel to No. 4 University of the Cumberlands for their Appalachian Athletic Conference opener on Sunday, February 20, at 12 p.m.