The seventh ranked Pioneers lost to third ranked Merrimack College 12-5 during a home match-up Feb 18.
A young Pioneer offense was plagued by 19 turnovers, 12 of which came in the first half of the game. The Pioneers were scoreless after the first quarter, falling behind the Warriors 3-0. Sophomore attackman/mid elder Frank Ranfone was assisted by junior attackman Chris Trasacco to score the first goal for the Pioneers in the second quarter. The Pioneers were able to gain some momentum with an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Dylan Harned. Trasacco was also able to his eighth goal of the season with the assistance of junior midfielder Kris Alvarado. The Pioneers went into the half down 7-3.
Most of the action in the second half came in the final quarter of the game. The home team got off to a good start with another unassisted goal by Harned, who led the Pioneers in goals with three, bringing his total to 11 for the season. Merrimack was able to go on a 4-0 run in the middle of the fourth, with their twelfth and final goal coming from junior attackman Kyle Stenberg with only 3:29 left to play. Harned was able to score the final goal of the game to bring the final score to 12-5.
Sophomore midfielder Connor Farrell won 11 of 21 face-offs and senior goalkeeper Matthew Liantono stopped 11 shots for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers return to action Feb. 25 against eighth ranked Adelphi University in Garden City at 12 pm.