On Saturday, Sept. 28, the LIU Post football team (2-2) took on the University of New Haven Chargers (2-2) and lost by a final score of 48-23. The first quarter was filled with plenty of scoring. On the opening kickoff, Chargers’ senior running back Mike DeCaro returned the ball 78 yards for the quick score, leaving the Pioneers a quick hole. New Haven added to its lead with a touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Ty Headen on the next possession.
Staring at a 14-0 deficit, the Pioneers needed to respond. Junior wide receiver Chris McGrane was the beneficiary of a five-yard pass from junior quarterback Steven Laurino. Having cut the lead in half, the Pioneers narrowed the deficit even further when Chargers’ senior running back Anthony Tillman could not escape the Pioneers’ rush defense. The safety made it 14-9.On their next possession, the Pioneers put together a masterful drive, going 49 yards in seven plays. The result was a Laurino touchdown run that gave the Pioneers the lead.
With less than one minute remaining in the first quarter, New Haven’s senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson hooked up with sophomore wide out Courtney Moshood on a 73-yard touchdown. That score proved to be the go-ahead score and the Chargers did not look back from there.
Later on, Nelson added three touchdowns (two running, and one passing) to pad to the New Haven lead. The Pioneers tacked on a touchdown in the fourth, but it was too little too late, as they fell
48-23. Laurino finished the day with 312 yards and one touchdown while going 34-52 in the air with an interception. Laurino also ran for 73 yards and a score. Red shirt freshman wide receiver Michael Richardson and red shirt junior wide out Kamron Palmer each caught six balls for 49, and 53 yards, respectively. Red shirt senior wide receiver Joe Botti led the Pioneer receiving corps with a total of 66 yards on five receptions.
For New Haven, Nelson was 18-25 for over 300 yards and three scores through the air. Nelson rushed for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore tight end Michael Flacco had a big day for the Chargers, snatching four balls for 90 yards, including a touchdown.
The Pioneers will look to bounce back after the loss when they return home to square off against Merrimack College (2-2) at Hickox Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.