Drost, No. 10 LIU Post Breeze Past Coker
from press release
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomore midfielder Connor Drost (Wading River, N.Y.) pumped in a career-high five goals and freshman attacker Matty Beccaris (North Babylon, N.Y.) notched a hat trick as the tenth-ranked LIU Post men's lacrosse team earned a convincing 14-5 victory over Coker College on Monday evening. The Pioneers improved to 2-0 to begin the season while Coker goes to 1-2.
LIU Post's defense held the Cobras scoreless for the first 34:14 of the contest as the Pioneers led 9-0 at halftime and 12-1 following three periods. Four of Drost's tallies came in the first half, including three straight at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter. Five other Pioneers got in on the scoring action in the opening 30 minutes of play.
The second half saw the Pioneers keep Coker at a comfortable distance, and despite a late rally by the Cobras that saw them score the final three goals of the contest, the visitors' lead was never seriously threatened.
At the faceoff X, junior Dom Mantovani (West Babylon, N.Y.) put up a strong performance, winning 11-of-16 draws while securing two ground balls. Defensively, junior Scott Mattera (West Islip, N.Y.) registered four caused turnovers and picked up five ground balls.
Drost notched a game-high five points, while Beccaris continued the quick start to his collegiate career with four points on three goals and one assist. Senior attacker Justin Patterson (Corning, N.Y.) added a game-high three assists, while senior midfielder Chris Ruhlig (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) chipped in two markers and junior midfielder Octovio Bernabo (Mahopac, N.Y.) contributed two helpers.
Three goalkeepers saw action as senior Tim Bradley (Wantagh, N.Y.) earned the win and freshman Adam Winne (Ridgefield, Conn.) made four saves in his 15 minutes of action.
For Coker, Stephen Zolezzi registered a hat trick and Josh Masciarelli logged 12 saves in net.
LIU Post travels to Albany to face the College of Saint Rose on February 24 at 1 p.m.