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Three Game Skid for Pioneers

Christian Arnold

The LIU Post men’s lacrosse team dropped its third straight game, as it fell 8-5 to number one ranked Mercyhurst College on Saturday.

The loss moves the Pioneers to 3-4 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.

Senior attacker Eddie Plompen led the Pioneers with three goals in the contest. Senior attacker Doug Hoch and freshman midfielder Connor Drost also scored for the Pioneers in the loss.

Drost opened up the scoring in the first quarter at the 10:43 mark. The Mercyhurst Lakers answered back at 4:11, when senior attacker Kyle Kallay ripped one past freshman goalkeeper Sam Price. The Lakers took the lead off a goal from junior midfielder Mark Saltrelli with 3:08 left in the quarter. Junior midfielder Zac Reid then made it 3-1 in favor of the Lakers with six seconds left in the quarter.

The Pioneers kept the Lakers off the board in the second quarter until junior attacker Brian Scheetz scored at 6:08.

Plompen led the charge back for the Pioneers, netting back-to-back goals at 5:10 and 4:04 to cut the Lakers’ lead to 4-3. Hoch tied the game up at four with 39 seconds left in the first half.

The Lakers regained the lead when Scheetz found the back of the net for the second time of the game. But Eddie Plompen answered back at 7:36, tying the game at five and scoring his third goal of the game.

Just over four minutes later, Mercyhurst took back the lead.  At 3:48, Kallay scored off a pass from sophomore attacker Jake Mcandrew.  Kallay would add another goal in the fourth quarter off the opening face-off.

The Lakers added a final goal with 1:08 left to play in the game, when sophomore midfielder Matt Hummel scored with Mercyhurst on the man advantage.

Price made seven stops in goal for the Pioneers, and Lakers’ sophomore goalkeeper Michael Grace made four stops during the game. The Pioneers were outshot 34-17 but held a 23-22 advantage on ground balls.

The Pioneers will look to snap their losing streak when they travel to Ohio on Saturday, April 7th, to take on Lake Erie College at 1:00 p.m.

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