The LIU Post Pioneers Men’s Lacrosse Team dropped its fourth consecutive game on Saturday, falling to Lake Erie College 8-7. The Pioneers saw a second half 7-5 lead disappear in the fourth quarter as Lake Erie scored three unanswered goals to win the game.
Senior attacker Doug Hoch led the Pioneers, scoring three goals and adding an assist. Senior midfielder Keith Rodriguez also got in on the action, scoring two goals and adding two assists. For Lake Erie it was junior midfielder Joeyjohn French that led the way, scoring two goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder MacGregor Johnston and junior attacker Keegan Bal each had a goal and an assist as well.
It was Hoch who opened up the scoring to give the Pioneers the early 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Sophomore attacker Connor Mackay added a third goal at 6:26 to make it 3-0. But French answered back for Lake Erie two minutes later, scoring back-to-back goals 10 seconds apart from each other to cut the Pioneers lead to one.
Rodriguez and Hoch both scored in the second quarter to put the Pioneers back ahead by three. For Hoch it was his third goal of the game.
Lake Erie’s sophomore midfielder Reagan Harding cut the Pioneers’ lead to two when he scored on the man-up opportunity. Junior attacker Josh Becker then made it 5-4 when he scored in the opening minutes of the second half.
Rodriguez made it 6-4 in favor of the Pioneers when he added his second goal of the game at the 10:53 mark of the third. However, Lake Erie would answer back when junior midfielder Matthew Curcio cut the lead back to one when he scored four minutes later.
Pioneers’ senior attacker Eddie Plompen put LIU ahead 7-5 when he scored the Pioneers’ final goal of the game with 1:53 left in the third quarter.
Things went down hill for the Pioneers in the fourth quarter when Bal, Johnston, and sophomore attacker Trevor Tarte all scored for Lake Erie and took the lead in the opening minutes. The Pioneers would not be able to answer back and eventually lost the game.
Junior goalkeeper Alexander Wisner made nine saves for Lake Erie, while freshman goalkeeper Sam Price made four for the Pioneers. Lake Erie outshot LIU Post 35-27, but the Pioneers did win 11-of-19 face-offs and were 20 for 21 on clear attempts.
The loss puts the Pioneers at 3-5 on the season and 1-5 in conference play. The Pioneers’ next game is Saturday, April 14th, when they take on Mercy College.