By Thomas Scavetta
After rallying from two-goal deficits on two separate occasions, the eighth-ranked men’s lacrosse team (4-3) fell to Chestnut Hill College (1-5), 14-10, on Saturday, March 18, in an East Coast Conference matchup at Plymouth Whitemarsh Stadium, in Lafayette Hill, PA.
Trailing 3-1 in the first quarter, senior attackman/midfielder Ryan Slane punched in back-to-back markers to tie the game at three. In the second quarter, the Pioneers found themselves behind 6-4 before senior midfielder Anthony Berardis and senior attacker Matt Bellando scored a goal apiece, making the score six-all.
However, the Griffins scored the following three points and led the Pioneers 9-6 near the end of the first half, until senior attacker Matty Beccaris found the back of the net, making it a 9-7 game heading into the break.
Berardis inched the Green and Gold closer in the third quarter with another goal, as he recorded three goals in the contest. That marker brought the Pioneers within one.
It wasn’t long before the Griffins got back on track and shut the door on the Pioneers for good, scoring five unanswered goals putting them ahead, 14-8, in the late stages of the final quarter.
For the guests, Berardis and Slane each netted three goals while junior midfielder Anthony Galeotafiore won 16-of-25 face-offs and scooped up 10 ground balls. Griffins sophomore attacker Dylan Klusaritz racked up a game-high five points (3 G, 2 A). In the cage, junior goalie Matthew Liantonio collected a game-high 10 saves for the Green and Gold.
Head Coach John Jez and the Pioneers seek their fifth victory of the season when they play host to Dominican College on Thursday, March 24, in an ECC battle at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville, N.Y. Opening draw is slated for 3 p.m.