By Shelby Townsend
The nineteenth ranked Pioneer men’s lacrosse team defeated twentieth ranked Molloy 11-4 during their first conference match-up of the season on March 4 in Brookville.
The Lions started off strong, immediately scoring the first point of the game within the first two minutes of the game, but a goal by sophomore attack man/mid fielder Frank Ranfone near the end of the first quarter tied the game. The Pioneers were able to prevent the Lions from scoring during the second quarter while also adding two more points on board to give them a two-point lead going into the half. They continued to dominate the entire second half, scoring eight more points to give them a seven-point win over Molloy.
A young Pioneer offense started to click during Saturday’s frigid game, outscoring the Lions in three of the four quarters, scoring five of their 11 points in the final quarter of the game. Ranfone continued to score for the Pioneers, tallying three goals and one assist to bring his season point total to 17 points. Junior attack man Chris Trasacco recorded a game-high five points with two goals and three assists. Junior mid fielder Dylan Harned contributed two goals with one assist to bring his season point total to 18. Sophomore mid fielder Steven Frank made both of his attempts at the goal to add two points for the home team.
The veteran Pioneer defense held strong against a quick Molloy offense. Senior defenseman Ryan Stern led the Pioneers, picking up four ground balls and causing three turnovers. Junior mid fielder Kris Alvarado and Senior defense man both collected two ground balls while senior goalie Matthew Liantonio recorded a game high 11 saves for the Pioneers. Sophomore mid fielder Connor Farrell collected five ground balls and won 11 of 17 face-offs.
The Pioneers now hold an overall record of 3-3 this season and are 1-0 in the East Coast Conference. They will return to action March 11 when they host Chestnut College at 11 am.