By Maxime Devillaz
The men’s lacrosse team beat Roberts Wesleyan, 14-7, in their 2015 season home opener on Sunday, Feb. 22. Stat-leader of the day, junior Matt Belando, notched an impressive three goals and three assists in an otherwise team effort that colored six different Pioneer names on the scoreboard.
The guests fired away to gain the lead early on, but the Pioneers shook it off, straighten their uniforms, and turned the tables around.
Junior attackman Ryan Slane lead the way in the first half with his three goals. Slane also feed his teammates twice to collect a total of five points that afternoon, hiding in the shadow of Belando’s six.
The hosts kept going and scored eight unanswered goals. Going into the locker room at half time, LIU Post was up 9-2.
The latter stanza saw both teams producing five goals, which made the seven-goal lead stand for the hosts. Senior defenseman Dan Jeannotte shut off ground in the back by winning 10-of-13 faceoffs.
To his assistance, junior goalkeeper Adam Winne played his role between the pipes, as he stood in the way of flying Redhawks counterattacks and recorded six consecutive saves.
The Green Machine got its game-receipt published online just the day after its promising season start when the weekly release of the Nike/ Lacrosse Magazine kept the squad at second place in the Division II Top- 15 Poll.Next up for the Pioneers is a series of events in the North Florida College Lacrosse Face-Off this week. The just-started East Coast Conference will take some days off, as the Pioneers head down to North Florida for a series of events.
The team will play two non-Conference tilts as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. The first game against Saint Leo University is set for Feb. 27, at 7.30 p.m. Thereafter, on March 1, the Pioneers battle against Lynn University, scheduled at noon.