MEN’S LACROSSE CAN’T BE STOPPED

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David Otero

The C.W. Post men’s lacrosse team is currently 9-0 to begin the season. The Pioneers are 2-0 within the East Coast Conference, beating Seton Hill and Chestnut Hill College earlier in the year. The Pioneers have outscored their opponents by nearly 10 goals per game. Their most lopsided win on the season came with a 21-3 clobbering of Mesa State College in an early-season tournament in Arizona last month.

In the Pioneers’ latest matchup, on Saturday, March 19th, they beat St. Michael’s College 10-4. Right from the start, this game was all Pioneers. Post had better shot opportunities, and made them count more than the Purple Knights. The Pioneers clearly had the advantage as they put 30 shots on goal, compared to the Purple Knights’ 19 shots on goal. Junior attacker Eddie Plompen outscored the entire St. Michael’s Purple Knights team with five goals of his own. Senior midfielder Mike Messina also played well as he netted two goals and dished out two assists. The defense played a fantastic game holding the Purple Knights to only four goals. Senior goalkeeper Mike Giordano made ten stops in goal for his ninth win of the season.

On March 16th, the Pioneers faced off against the St. Anselm Hawks. The Pioneers rolled right through St. Anselm with an easy 10-2 victory. Messina played another solid game as he had the game-high in goals, with three; to lead the first-ranked Pioneers to yet another win. In this non-conference matchup, the Pioneers played it like any other game by dominating the ball. There was another huge disparity in the amount of shots on goal between the two squads; the Pioneers attempted 40 shots, while the Hawks were limited to only 14 shots. The Pioneers swarming defense, along with the stellar play of Giordano, will make the Pioneers an extremely difficult team to defeat in 2011.

The next game on the schedule for the Pioneers is on Saturday at 1 pm against the Dowling Golden Lions. The Golden Lions are currently 5-1 on the young season, but they are coming off a loss to the NYIT Bears 10-7 on Saturday. The Pioneers are ranked number one in the ECC with a perfect 9-0 record.

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