Bryant vs. Cw Post
March 3, 2007
The Game Story:
SMITHFIELD, RI - Sophomore attackman Bryan Kaufmann (Putnam Valley,
NY) notched a hat trick with three goals but it was not enough to
overtake fifth-ranked C.W. Post as the Pioneers withstood a late
charge by ninth-ranked Bryant University to pull out a 10-7 win over
the ninth-ranked Bulldogs in non-conference men's lacrosse action
Saturday afternoon.



With temperatures feeling more like spring compared to last week's
opener that had a wind-chill in the single digits, the Bryant offense
fell behind 4-1 after one quarter and the Bulldogs trailed 6-2 midway
through the second before scoring a pair of goals just before
halftime to close to within two.



Kaufmann found a seam in front of the Pioneer goal and beat CWP
goalie Nick Dello-Iacono high for an unassisted goal to make it 6-3.
Then, with under a minute to play in the half, sophomore Kevin
Hoagland (Glastonbury, Conn.) picked up a loose ball after a save by
Dello-Iacono on a shot by Bryant freshman Brad Burton (Hauppauge,
NY), and one-timed one by the Pioneer goalie to make it 6-4 at the
break.



In the second, CW Post went up 7-4 on a man-up goal by Greg Cerar
(two goals) early, but Bryant would answer as Burton tallied a man-up
goal of his own at the 8:57 mark and Kaufmann would net his third of
the game after Burton snared another ground ball and quickly fed
Kaufman who whirled around one defender and scored to make it 7-6.



CW Post (4-0) would make it a two-goal game a minute later on a goal
by Joe Meo, but Bryant, finding a little momentum, had another answer
as Hoagland took a feed on from a streaking Jim Long (Durham, NH)
after a successful clear and ripped one past Dello-Iacono. to pull
the Bulldogs to within a goal at 8-7.



Bryant (0-2), looking for the equalizer in the fourth, grabbed
possession following a C.W. Post turnover near midfield, but a high
pass back sailed over Bryant goalie Michael Kennedy (Port Jefferson
Station, NY) and into the net for an own-goal and the Bulldogs were
never able to recover.



Bryant out-shot the visiting Pioneers 41 to 23 but Dello-Iacono stood
tall in net for the visitors. The senior made 20 saves on the
afternoon, including several from within close range. Bryant, playing
without all-American face-off specialist who was injured this week in
practice, lost the face-off battle as Mike Cama had a strong game for
C.W. Post, as the sophomore won of 14 of the 21 face-offs in the
contest.