By Michael Otero
On Saturday, Feb. 20, the no. 3 ranked men’s lacrosse team got their season underway against no. 4 ranked Merrimack College in a non-conference game in Massachusetts.
It didn’t start off well for the Pioneers, as Merrimack came out of the gate strong with two goals separated by less than two minutes in the first period. Post, however, was able to regain their composure and strike back with three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead.
In that span, senior attackman Matty Beccaris scored one goal and assisted on another. At halftime, the Pioneers trailed 5-4.
In the third period, the Pioneers jumped out in front 7-5, thanks to three straight goals; two from senior mid elder Anthony Berardis and one from senior attackman Ryan Slane.
Merrimack, who needed a spark to get back in the game, got one from Ryan Poirier. The senior midfielder scored two straight goals to tie the match at seven and began what would be a 5-0 run by Merrimack to go ahead 10-7 with 6:22 left in regulation.
Slane and Beccaris notched two goals to bring the Pioneers within one, but two more goals from Poirier put the game out of reach.
The Pioneers fell by a score of 12-10. Beccaris led the Pioneers offensively with four points while Berardis, Slane and senior attackman Matt Bellando had three points each. Junior midfielder Anthony Galeotafiore won 60 percent of his faceoffs and scooped up five ground balls.
Head Coach Jon Jez and his team are back in action again on Saturday, Feb. 27, when they play host to Adelphi University. Opening faceoff is set for noon.