Delivering The Haymaker
ANGOLA, Ind. – Albion's 20-3 victory over Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Trine was like a heavyweight championship bout.
The Britons danced around the ring for the better half of the first quarter searching for ways to attack Trine's zone defense. Albion delivered the haymaker in the form of five goals over the final 2:12 of the quarter. Dominic Hamper delivered two goals and an assist and Brad Bogus contibuted a goal and an assist as Albion produced the knockout blow.
"It was a challenge to get comfortable in the zone," Albion Head Coach Jake DeCola said. "We turned the ball over early, but we started to find good chemistry between Cameron Braun and Tyler Kilpatrick and they started producing. Tim Urso was a big part of moving that zone around and finding the opening inside. Once we pinpointed where we wanted the ball to go we did well."
Albion continued to pour on the goals in the second quarter. Cameron Clements carried the ball up the middle of the field for a goal after winning the opening face-off, Kilpatrick tacked on a pair of goals and Ashok Selby collected his first collegiate goal as the Britons opened up a 10-0 lead three minutes into the quarter. Urso's second goal of the half extended the Albion lead to 11-1 at halftime.
Daniel Kaminski scored three times in the second half as Albion was never threatened.
"The message to our conference rivals is if you want to play us in zone we can go ahead and score 20," DeCola said. "We feel good about where we are because of that. We feel like we match up well against man-to-man defense, too. We have some good dodgers and strong shooters and we have some players inside who can find space. The scoring looks balanced right now."
The Britons indeed shared the scoring. Braun finished with three goals and two assists and Urso produced three goals and an assist. Alexander Dziewit added two goals and two assists.
Defensively, Albion forced 24 turnovers and Trine finished 58 percent (14-of-24) of its clearing opportunities. When Trine did have an opportunity to shoot, Briton goalkeeper Kyle Formanczyk usually extinguished the threat. Formanczyk stopped 80 percent (12-of-15) of the shots he faced.
Albion, winners of four straight to improve to 9-3 overall and 3-0 against MIAA rivals, returns home at 1 o'clock Saturday to challenge Hope.