By David Capobianco
The unranked men’s lacrosse team defeated also-unranked Georgian Court University from Lakewood, New Jersey, 10-5, in a non-conference game at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium on Saturday, March 18. The win pushed the Pioneers’ record to 4-4 on the season.
The Pioneers got a roaring start, going up 6-0 by halftime and extending that to a 9-0 advantage early in the third period. Georgian Court started to fight back by scoring four unanswered points late in the third and early fourth periods, but the home team was able to stave off the comeback by adding another goal in the fourth period and only allowing one more goal after that.
Post’s defense was strong early in the game. Sophomore mid fielder Connor Farrell tacked on five more groundballs to his team-leading total of 43 for the season, while junior attackman Chris Trassaco led the Pioneers with five turnovers in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Ochs saved seven shots in his first start of the season.
The Pioneers’ offense was led by sophomore attackman and midfielder Frank Ranfone, who scored three goals to bring his team-leading total up to 19 for the season. Junior mid fielder Dylan Harned and freshman mid fielder Dan Foley also contributed two goals of their own. Foley also led the team with 10 shots. Trassaco and freshman mid fielder Nick Grassa both had two assists in the game.
Overall, the Pioneers won a season-high 17 out of 19 face-offs, picked up 34 ground balls, and red a season-high 50 shots to Georgian Court’s 29. The Pioneers also converted one out of three extra-man opportunities.
The Pioneers’ next contest is at home on Wednesday, March 22 at 12 p.m. in a conference game against Dominican College. The Pioneers are 1-1 this season against East Coast Conference opponents.