If you like low-scoring, defensive games, then Saturday’s lacrosse game between the C.W. Post Pioneers and Mercyhurst Lakers was your type of game. The score at the half was 2-2, as both sides had a tough time finding the back of the net. To give some perspective, the total amount of goals scored in the game was seven. The Pioneers entered Saturday’s contest having scored at least seven goals in every game but one. The high-powered offense of C.W. Post has averaged nearly 12 points per game this season, so this game showed that the Pioneers can beat teams in more than one way. This was a defensive, grind-it-out, do-or-die win that moved the Pioneers record to 11-1 and 4-1 within the East Coast Conference. The Pioneers got the victory 4-3 behind the solid play of ECC Goalkeeper of the Week Mike Giordano. He made 13 saves in goal and never gave the Lakers’ a chance to get anything going on the offensive end.
In the first quarter, the Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind the goals of junior midfielder Keith Rodriguez and senior attacker Jimmy Johnston. However, the Lakers sliced the lead in half with a goal as time winded down at the end of the first quarter by Brian Scheetz, which made the score 2-1 still in favor of the Pioneers. Only one more goal was scored the rest of the half, and that was again scored by Scheetz who now has nine goals for the year.
The score was 2-2 at the half, and stayed like this until midway in the third quarter, when junior attacker Eddie Plompen broke the tie and struck the back of the net for his 33rd goal of the season. Goals were hard to come by in this defensive matchup, so when someone took a shot on goal, they had to make it count. That’s what Johnston did as he connected early in the fourth quarter for his second goal of the game, giving the Pioneers a 4-2 advantage. The Lakers would threaten the Pioneers by scoring another goal, but it was not enough to bring down the reigning National Champions.
Mercyhurst outshot the Pioneers 36-26, but the Pioneers made their shots count more than the Lakers did. It was a low-scoring affair, but the Pioneers came out the victors in a nail-biter 4-3.
The Pioneers next game comes on the road against Wheeling Jesuit University at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th. WJU is currently 5-4 on the season, and C.W. does not have much reason to worry. The last time these two teams met, the Pioneers won in a blowout 22-5 last year.