By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor
An offensive onslaught led the 16th ranked men’s lacrosse team (5-3) to a convincing 21-3 victory on Thursday, March 24, against Dominican College (3-6) in an East Coast Conference showdown at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville, N.Y.
It seemed as if the game was over in a matter of minutes, as the Pioneers achieved seven goals in the first quarter. Paving the way was senior attacker Matty Beccaris, who got in three goals and graduate midfielder Jeremey Morgan, who scored twice.
In the second period, the Pioneers continued to build on their lead, as senior midfielder Anthony Berardis racked up two markers, giving the Green and Gold a 10-1 margin heading into halftime.
There was no looking for back for the Pioneers in the second half as they continued to pour in goals left and right outscoring the Chargers 11-2 the rest of the way. Red-shirt sophomore attacker Paul Bamonte and freshman midfielders Michael Licata and Steven Frank all cemented their first collegiate goals in a Pioneer uniform.
Every category was dominated by the hosts, but junior midfielder Anthony Galeotafiore highlighted the Pioneers’ time of possession edge by securing 16-of-18 face-offs in addition to scooping up 13 ground balls.
In the cage, junior goalie Matthew Liantonio and senior net-minder Adam Winne both had solid performances, totaling eight saves.
For the Pioneers, senior attackers Matty Beccaris and Ryan Slane each collected six points to lead all scorers. Beccaris notched a seasonbest five goals and added an assist, while Slane recorded three goals and three assists. Graduate midfielder Jeremy Morgan also got a piece of the action, punching in three goals and adding two assists to his stat-line.
Head Coach John Jez and the Pioneers look to make it two wins in a row on Wednesday, March 30, when they square-off against Post University in a non-conference tilt at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium. Opening draw is scheduled for 3 p.m.