March 7, 2010

No. 1 C.W. Post Shuts Down Mercy

from press release

Six different Pioneers scored to keep the Mercy Mavericks at bay during a 12-3 East Coast Conference matchup at Hickox Field Sunday afternoon. Junior Mike Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) and senior Joe Meo (West Sayville, N.Y.) led C.W. Post in scoring with three goals apiece while junior attacker Nick Coric (Walnut Creek, Calif.) added three assists to lead the Pioneers to victory.

C.W. Post improved its overall record to 4-0, 2-0 in conference, while Mercy falls to 1-2 overall, 0-1 in the ECC.

Redshirt freshman Matt Riccio (Trumbull, Conn.) opened up a series of five unanswered goals less than a minute into the first quarter as he ripped a feed from Coric past Mavericks keeper T.J. DiCarlo to put C.W. Post on the board. Meo converted a pass from teammate Doug Hoch (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) to give his team a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Eddie Plompen (West Islip, N.Y.) added a goal of his own as he connected with Keith Rodriguez (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) at the 1:50 mark. Meo tallied his second of three as he received a pass from junior Vito Minerva (Nesconset, N.Y.) to take advantage of a man up situation with just 20 seconds left in the first quarter.

Messina found the back of the net with 8:24 left in the second quarter to increase the Pioneers’ lead to five goals. Mercy freshman John Fitzpatrick scored an unassisted goal less than a minute later in an attempt to rally the Mavericks back. Riccio and Messina each notched an unassisted goal to give C.W. Post a 7-2 lead. Maverick attacker scored another goal for Mercy before Meo connected with Coric with 3:27 left on the clock, putting the Pioneers ahead by six goals. Messina closed out the first half for C.W. Post with an unassisted goal with just five seconds left in play to give the Pioneers’ a 9-2 lead at the half.

C.W. Post scored its final three goals of the game in the third quarter, as Plompen took advantage of a man up situation and senior midfielder Mike Cama (Levittown, N.Y.) scored his second goal of the season off a faceoff win. Junior midfielder James Johnston (Farmingville, N.Y.) tallied the Pioneers’ final goal of the game for C.W. Post with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.

Fitzpatrick scored another goal for Mercy a minute and a half into the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 12-3.

Cama won 15 of 17 faceoffs for C.W. Post while picking up 15 ground balls. Junior Ronnie Irving (Glen Head, N.Y.) registered two face off wins for the Pioneers.

Junior keeper Mike Giordano (Farmingdale, N.Y.) earned his second win of the season, making four saves during 51 minutes in net. Nick Foote blocked two shots between the pipes for C.W. Post. Dicarlo took the loss for the Mavericks, making 23 saves in goal.

The Pioneers outshot the Mavericks by a 50-15 margin and held a 28-12 advantage in groundballs and successfully completing 19-20 clears. C.W. Post scored goals on three out of six man-up opportunities.

C.W. Post is back in action March 13 as they host Bentley University at 2:30 p.m.

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