By Michael Otero
On Saturday, April 19, the LIU Post Men’s Lacrosse team took the field against the Bears of NYIT in the Battle of Boulevard from President’s Field on the campus of NYIT. Three overtimes were needed to decide a winner as sophomore attackman Shawn Murphy netted the game-winning goal to improve his club to 10-3 for the season, while the Pioneers dropped to 6-5.
The Bears had the advantage early on in the matchup, outscoring the Pioneers 5-2 in the first half. Murphy scored the first of his four goals of the day, and added an assist in the first half as well. NYIT Junior attack man Luke Miller scored two goals of his own to give him an even 30 for the season.
Down by three coming out of the break, the Pioneers looked to respond and did so, with two unanswered goals cutting the lead to one at 5-4. The Bears, however, regained their composure and answered the two goals scored by the Green and Gold with two goals of their own, pushing the lead back to three. A late goal in the third period by the Pioneers brought the score to 7-5.
The Bears led 8-6 with just over eight minutes left in the fourth period, and the combination of LIU Post graduate student midfielder Joe Costello and attackman Chris Caiazza came up big. The duo each scored with under 2:30 left in the game, and scored 43 seconds apart from each other. The two goals tied the game up and sent the match into overtime.
Not one, not two, but three overtime periods were needed
to decide a winner. The Pioneers outshot the Bears in the first two overtimes, but failed to convert. With 2:26 remaining in the third overtime, Murphy capped off his impressive day with the game-winning goal, lifting the Bears to the victory at a clip of 9-8.
For the Pioneers, sophomore attackman Matty Beccaris led the team by scooping up five ground balls while senior defenseman T.J. McAndrew scooped up four ground balls and added an assist to his stat line. Coach Jez and his squad return to action on Saturday, April 26, when they wrap up their regular season as they take on the Dowling College Golden Lions from Brookville N.Y.