April 27, 2011

Plompen's Five Goals Help No. 2 C.W. Post Edge No. 6 Mercy

from press release

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- The No. 6 Mercy College men's lacrosse team spotted No. 2 C. W. Post five goals in the first quarter, but fought back valiantly, losing 15-12 on Wednesday afternoon. The game, which held national significance, was played in front of 312 fans on Mavericks Field in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. C.W. Post (14-1; 7-1 ECC) is now the only team in the East Coast Conference with one loss. Mercy (10-2; 6-2 ECC) drops one game back, tied with Mercyhurst and NYIT, who all have two losses apiece.

C. W. Post, the two-time defending national champions, eventually led 8-1, midway through the second quarter, before hanging on for the victory.

"They put a tremendous amount of pressure on us," stated second-year head coach Steve Manitta. "That pressure forced a lot of turnovers."

In the first quarter, CW Post built a 3-0 lead before Nick Coric tallied back-to-back in the final 78 seconds. Mercy freshman Quadear Mike (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) opened the second stanza with a goal, on an assist from sophomore Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon). Eddie Plompen of C.W. Post scored back-to-back goals before Mike Messina put the Pioneers up 8-1. But three Mavericks goals in the final 5:35 of the quarter cut the lead to 8-4, heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, a good old-fashioned shootout took place. Junior Sal Spinelli (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip/Suffolk CC) opened with two straight goals in the first two minutes. Mike then scored on a pass from classmate Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic), and suddenly the deficit had been cut to just one goal, at 8-7. C.W. Post would then outscore Mercy 4-2 over the rest of the quarter, as nine goals were scored in the frame.

With the score 12-9, both teams were poised for a fantastic final 15 minutes.

Plompen scored his fifth goal of the game, the eventual game-winner, to extend the lead to 13-9. Then, momentum swung back to the Mavericks, as Marzocca scored back-to-back goals, and with 10:09 remaining, the score was 13-11. The Pioneers really began using the clock to their advantage, wasting time whenever possible, until Keith Rodriguez scored his third goal of the game, followed by a goal from Brad DeSouza, and the lead was up to 15-11 with just 3:49 to play.

Wood notched his second goal of the game with just under three minutes left for the 15-12 final.

Both goaltenders were spectacular, which is to be expected from two of the best in the game. Mercy's T. J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) made 14 saves, while C. W. Post's Mike Giordano, also a Farmingdale native, recorded seven.

Statistically, Mercy had 25 turnovers, while the Pioneers had only 19. On clears, the hosts went only 17 of 27, while the guests were 15 of 19.

In a battle of two of the top faceoff men in the land, C.W. Post's Ronnie Irving won 16 of 30 against Mercy's John Lionetti (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue), who won 15 of 31 draws.

Summarily, Mercy got goals from seven different players, including a team-high three from Mike. Wood finished with two goals and two assists. Plompen of C.W. Post led all scorers with five goals.

Up next for the Mavericks is the final home game of the year, on Saturday, April 30, when Seton Hill comes to Dobbs Ferry. The game will be a 1:00 p.m. start. Parking will be at a premium, as the College will be celebrating Spring Fling weekend, with free food and carnival rides beginning at noon.

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