March 23, 2013

No. 9 LIU Post Rocks No. 5 NYIT

from press release

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman Matty Beccaris (North Babylon, N.Y.) notched a game-high five points and senior goalkeeper Tim Bradley (Wantagh, N.Y.) made nine saves as No. 9 LIU Post knocked off No. 5 New York Institute of Technology 15-5 on Saturday afternoon at Hickox Field.

The Pioneers, winning in convincing fashion, improve to 6-1 on the season an 2-0 in the East Coast Conference, while the Bears suffer their first conference loss as they slip to 5-2, 0-1.

Although NYIT scored first with Mike Ross' bounce shot at 10:14, the Pioneers got a quick start with three goals in the first. Sophomore Connor Drost (Wading River, N.Y.) scored at 7:41, then connected with Chris Ruhlig (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) for a tally at 4:59. Beccaris scored his first of the afternoon at 3:52 to give the Pioneers a two-goal cushion. The Bears closed out the quarter with a Ryan Brunet scored at 1:59.

Drost and Beccaris each scored in the span of one minute to give the Pioneers a 5-2 edge, and the teams traded goals to close out the half, as freshman Ryan Slane (North Babylon, N.Y.) lined in a diving shot at 3:50 to cap the half and give the Pioneers a 7-4 edge at the break.

The Pioneers stretched the lead even further in the third as they scored a quick three goals – two by Beccaris – to open the half. Both teams were scoreless from the 9:32 mark until Tech scored at 2:40, but it would be the only goal the Bears would manage for the entire second half, as the Pioneers scored five more unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to earn the ten-goal victory.

LIU Post finished with a 42-19 edge in shots including a 23-6 edge in the second half, as well as a 44-36 margin in ground balls. They also had a slight edge at the X, as they won 13 to NYIT's 11. The Pioneers were also better with the ball, committing only 14 turnovers to 26 for the Bears, and they excelled in the clearing game, being successful on all 11 tries during the game.

Beccaris scored five goals on the afternoon to lead all players, but the Pioneers also had three different players – Drost, Slane and Justin Patterson (Corning, N.Y.) – score two apiece in the game. Beccaris and Drost each had two assists, and junior Octovio Bernabo (Mahopac, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist.

Head coach John Jez and the Pioneers look to continue their momentum against Mercy on Saturday, April 30, as they travel to Dobbs Ferry for a 1 p.m. matchup against the Mavericks.

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