The C.W. Post men’s lacrosse team dropped its third game of the season on Saturday, March 24th, falling 11-6 to the NYIT Bears.
The Pioneers opened up the scoring when senior attacker Doug Hoch fired a shot past the Bears senior goaltender William McGee 12:10 into the first quarter. However, the Bears answered right back two minutes later when senior midfielder Jason Smith scored to tie the game at one. The Bears jumped ahead with 4:43 left in the first when freshman attacker Ryan Brunet scored to make it 2-1 Bears.
Pioneers junior attacker Justin Patterson scored his first of two goals in the game to tie the game up in closing minute of the quarter.
The Pioneers’ sophomore midfielder Ovtovio Bernabo gave LIU the lead back with his goal at 11:19 in the second quarter to make it 3-2. But the lead would last less than five minutes, as the Bears’ freshman midfielder Brandon Gamblin would score on the man up advantage and tie the game up at three. Pioneers’ junior midfielder Dennis Gannon would then score at 4:35, and Patterson would score seven seconds later to give the Pioneers a 5-3 lead going into halftime.
That lead disappeared in the third quarter when the Bears scored four unanswered goals. The first of the four unanswered goals for the Bears was by sophomore midfielder Bobby Calhoun when he scored at 13:14 to cut the lead to one goal. Then, sophomore midfielder Tyler Chin tied the game up at five at 7:52. Freshman midfielder Luke Miller followed with his own goal and put NYIT ahead when he scored two goals in the closing minute of the third quarter, making it 7-5 Bears.
In the fourth quarter, NYIT’s sophomore attacker Sean Rimmer added to the Bears’ lead, scoring midway through the quarter. Brunet added to the Bears’ lead when he scored on the man-up advantage to make it 9-5. Calhoun then made it 10-5 when he scored with 7:57 left in the quarter. The Pioneers’ senior attacker Eddie Plompen later scored on a man-up advantage to cut it to a 10-6 deficit, but it was too little, too late. The Bears’ sophomore midfielder Tom Duggan scored the game’s final goal with 2:35 left to make it 11-6 in favor of the NYIT Bears.
NYIT outshot the Pioneers 36 to 29 and had a 27-24 advantage in ground balls. The loss moves Pioneers to 3-3 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.
The Pioneers’ next game is Saturday, March 31st, against Mercyhurst College.