March 1, 2014

Big Second Half Sparks LIU Post Over Mercy

from press release

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - On Saturday, a go-ahead tally by sophomore attackman Ryan Slane (North Babylon, N.Y.) with five seconds left in the first half sparked a six-goal run that secured a 14-7 win for the No. 4 LIU Post men's lacrosse team against Mercy at Hickox Field in Brookville, N.Y,

The Pioneers (2-0, 1-0 ECC) netted six unanswered markers to start the third quarter, which built on a slight 6-5 halftime lead, and extended their cushion to a five-goal margin. Slane notched a pair of tallies in that stretch, while sophomore attackman Matty Beccaris (North Babylon, N.Y.), who had a game-high eight points (5 G, 3 A), earned a man-up goal and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Anthony Berardis (Mahopac, N.Y.) opened the run with an even-strength tally just 43 seconds in.

THe Mavericks (2-1, 0-1 ECC) attempted a rally though, scoring two goals in the last 2:09 of the quarter to cut the deficit to 11-5, but never found the back of the cage for the remainder of the contest. Junior attackman Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y.) paced the Mercy offense on the afternoon with a three-point effort (2 G, 1 A).

Mercy did get out to a hot start in the game, however, picking up three of the game's first four goals. Yet, a tally by both Beccaris and junior attackman Chris Caiazza (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) evened things up at 3-all prior to the conclusion of the opening stanza.

The second quarter was the turning point to the match. Not only did LIU Post battle back to bring a one-goal edge into the break, the Pioneers killed off a pair of two-minute non-releasable illegal body check penalties. Graduate goalie T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) made four saves over those four shorthanded minutes, and finished with a game-best 13 stops versus his former squad.

In addition to Beccaris' eight-point performance, Slane amassed six points (3 G, 3 A). Berardis and Caiazza collected two goals apiece. Junior midfielder Connor Drost (Wading River, N.Y.) registered four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior defenseman Robbie Chiocco (Massapequa, N.Y.) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Pioneers had the upper hand in shots (42-28) and ground balls (33-32). They were also a near-perfect 15-of-16 (93.7 percent) on clears, and converted on 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) man-up opportunities. Meanwhile, Mercy dominated on faceoffs, winning 16-of-25 (64.0 percent).

Head Coach John Jez and his LIU Post team are back in action next Saturday (Mar. 8), when they square off with first-year program UDC in an ECC tilt at Hickox Field in Brookville, N.Y. The opening faceoff is set for 11 a.m.

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