Christian Arnold Staff Writer
A four-goal third quarter helped propel the men’s lacrosse team to a 9-5 win over the Dowling Golden Lions on Saturday, April 20. This victory over the Golden Lions moves the Pioneers to a 9-2 overall record and a 5-1 East Coast Conference record.
It was LIU who jumped on the scoreboard first. Freshman attacker Ryan Slane recorded the goal at 13:48, but less than two minutes later the Golden Lions would tie the game up. The Pio- neers and Golden Lions would trade a pair of goals to tie the game at two, however LIU Post would go ahead 4-2 late in the first quarter off of goals by fresh- man attacker Matty Beccari and graduate attack Joe Costello.
Sophomore midfielder Con- nor Drost made it 5-2 with a goal with 5:02 left to play in the second quarter. Dowling began to close the gap late in the half. With 2:10 left to play, freshman midfielder Tom Cleary scored to cut the Pio- neer lead to 5-3. Then with three seconds remaining, freshman mid-fielder Brian White scored to make it a one-goal game.
The Pioneers’ defense stood strong to start the second half, keeping Post in front. After roughly five minutes, the offense kicked in as well. Drost extended the Pioneer lead back to two, with 9:48 left in the third quarter. Costello scored at 2:48 later to make it 7-4.
Slane recorded two more goals to finish the game with a four-goals. He scored at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter and then again with two seconds remaining in the quarter to make it 9-4.
Dowling put one more goal on the board midway through the game’s final quarter, but it would not help the Golden Lions cause, as they eventually fell 9-5.
The Pioneers held the ad- vantage in shots on goal, 24-15. Though Dowling had the upper hand in ground balls, 34-29, and in face-off wins, 10-7. Senior goalkeeper made 10 saves for the Pioneers, while junior goalkeeper Myles Harvey made 15.
Post returns to Hickox Field Saturday, April 27, to take on Molloy College at noon.