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Men’s Lax Cruises to Two Wins

David Otero

After their overtime loss nearly one month ago to Dowling College, the C.W. Post Men’s Lacrosse team has now won four consecutive games and has an outstanding 13-1 record for the season. This last week, the Pioneers breezed past two opponents in double-digit victories. The first win came against Wheeling Jesuit University by a score of 14-3, and the most recent victory came versus Lake Erie College 15-5.

Going back to the April 13th road matchup versus the Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals, the Pioneers jumped out to a quick lead that they never let go of for the remainder of the game. The Pioneers started the game off with four goals, giving them an early 4-0 advantage. The scoring was well balanced in the first quarter as multiple players for Post found the back of the net. Senior midfielders John Wood and Jimmy Johnston scored the first two goals of the contest, followed by sophomore attacker Justin Patterson and junior midfielder Keith Rodriguez each adding a goal of their own.

After senior midfielder Brad DeSouza’s goal late in the first quarter made it 5-1 in favor of the Pioneers, C.W. Post’s leading scorers for the season went on a scoring spree. Junior attacker Eddie Plompen and senior midfielder Mike Messina each tacked on two goals to give the Pioneers a comfortable 9-2 lead at the half.

But Plompen and Messina both were not finished yet. Plompen added two more goals to finish with a total of four goals on the day. Messina found the back of the net once more and finished with a hat trick. The Pioneers went on to shut out the Cardinals 5-0 in the third quarter to lead to an easy 14-3 win.

The Pioneers next game came against Lake Erie College (4-6) on Saturday at Hickox Field. Right from the start, you could tell that this game was going to be all Pioneers. At the end of the first quarter, the score was again 5-1 with the Pioneers leading over the Storm. Plompen continued to get his way with the opposing defense, as he scored three goals in the first quarter. He added two more goals during the blowout, and now has 42 goals for the year.

The Pioneers led 10-4 at the break, and never let the Storm get within reach throughout the rest of the game. The second half was more defensive-oriented than the first, as the Pioneers scored five goals in the second half and only allowed the Storm to find the back of the net once more. The final resulted in a lopsided victory as the Pioneers cruised to a 15-5 victory. In the win, five players for the Pioneers had at least two goals. Plompen led the charge with five, Johnston and Patterson each had a hat trick, and Messina and senior attacker Nick Coric each added two goals to lead the Pioneers to an easy win.

The ECC-leading Pioneers’ next game comes against Mercy College (10-1) who is currently in second place right behind the Pioneers. Mercy will host the Pioneers on Saturday at 12 p.m. The last time these two teams met, the Pioneers had the upper-hand winning 12-3.

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