March 16, 2011

Big Second Half Lifts C.W. Post

from press release

– Senior midfielder Mike Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) scored a game-high three goals to lead No. 1 C.W. Post over Saint Anselm College in a non-conference men's lacrosse contest Wednesday afternoon on Hickox Field.

The win improves C.W. Post to 8-0 while Saint Anselm falls to 0-3.

The Hawks took a 1-0 lead just under four minutes into the first quarter when Andrew Messner scored unassisted. The Pioneers matched the score less than a minute later when senior attacker Jimmy Johnston (Farmingville, N.Y.) found the back of the net.

St. A's once again went ahead at 8:59 on a goal from Ryan Henry on a short pass from Mike McCarthy. The Pioneers added one more goal in the first from junior attacker Eddie Plompen (West Islip, N.Y.) on an assist from junior midfielder Keith Rodriguez (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) to end the quarter at 2-2.

From there, the Pioneers rattled off eight unanswered goals. Five came in the second quarter that included three from Messina as well as a goal each from junior midfielder Jason Cranmer (Hicksville, N.Y.) and junior attacker Owen Campbell (Massapequa, N.Y.).

Junior attacker Justin Patterson (Corning, N.Y.) scored his fourth goal of the season on a man-up situation nine seconds into the third quarter. Rodriguez added a goal with 4:26 to play on a feed from senior midfielder Brad DeSouza (Trumbull, Conn.).

Plompen tallied the final goal of the game in the fourth on a long pass from senior attacker Nick Coric (Walnut Creek, N.Y.).

C.W. Post outshot Saint Anselm, 40-14, and held a 34-25 advantage in ground balls. The Pioneers were 11-for-15 on face-offs as senior Ronnie Irving (Glen Head, N.Y.) was 8-for-11 in the circle.

Plompen finished the game with two goals and an assist while Rodriguez added a goal with two assists. Senior Mike Giordano (Farmingdale, N.Y.) made eight stops in goal.

Saint Anselm goalkeeper Dan Flynn made 17 saves in the game.

C.W. Post will host Saint Michael's College on Saturday at 12 p.m.

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