By Shelby Townsend
The Pioneer men’s lacrosse team dominated the Dominican College March 22, defeating them 13-1 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium.
The Pioneers shut down the Charger’s defense during the first half, leading the 9-0 going into the break. Four of the first five goals by the Pioneers were unassisted within the first nine minutes of the game. The Chargers were able to score the first goal of the second half, but a strong Pioneer defense shut them out the rest of the game.
Freshman mid fielder Dan Foley tallied two unassisted goals and an assist, and junior attackman also added three points for the home team with two goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Michael Licata also added three points for the Pioneer, and junior mid fielder Dylan Harned added one goal and one assist to bring his season point total to 24.
A young Pioneer offense had a shaky start to their season, but according to Harned, they have been working on playing with high energy and aggressiveness for the entirety of each game and they finally saw that during the game against Dominican. The Pioneers outshot the Chargers 28-6 during Wednesday’s game.
The Pioneers now sit fourth in the East Coast Conference, which means they would definitely make the conference tournament and have a shot at defending their title for the fourth year in a row.
“We have a few conference games coming up, so we’re hoping to take advantage of those and move up in the standings,” Harned said.
The Pioneers are now 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the ECC. They return to action April 1 when they take on seventh ranked New York Institute of Technology at Bethpage Federeal Credit Union Stadium at noon.