The LIU Post Pioneers Men’s Lacrosse Team snapped its four-game losing streak by beating Mercy College 8-6. It was the Pioneers’ first win since March 10th, when they beat Bentley University.
Senior midfielder Keith Rodriguez scored a career-high five goals in the win for the Pioneers. Junior attacker Justin Patterson, junior midfielder Chris Ruhlig, and senior attacker/midfielder Connor Mackay also scored. For Mercy, junior attacker Mike Marzocca scored five goals of his own.
Patterson opened up the scoring with 5:10 left in the first quarter, but Marzocca tied it up less than a minute later. Rodriguez scored to put the Pioneers back up, 2-1, with a minute left in the quarter.
Mercy senior attacker Sal Spinelli scored to tie the game up early in the second quarter. Three minutes later, at 8:22, Ruhlig scored to make it 3-2. Just two minutes later, Rodriguez scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-2.
Rodriguez added one more goal before Mercy’s Marzocca scored a goal of his own to make it 5-3 in the third quarter.
Rodriguez scored less than a minute after the Mercy goal, and Mackay scored with 3:53 left in the quarter to make it 7-3. Marzocca scored on the man up opportunity to make it 7-4 with 42 seconds left in the third.
At 10:12 of the fourth quarter, Rodriguez scored his fifth goal of the game to put the Pioneers up 8-4.
Mercy tried to mount a comeback, as Marzocca added two more goals midway through the fourth quarter but could not close the gap and fell 8-6.
Pioneers’ junior goalkeeper Tim Bradley stopped 15 shots, while his counterpart made 20 saves in goal.
The win moves the Pioneers to 4-5 on the season and 2-5 in conference play. Their next game is on April 21st, at home, when they host Dominican College at 1:00 p.m.