Cw Post vs. Adelphi
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (April 5, 2008) - Junior attacker Dave Loftus scored the game winning goal for the Pioneers with 1:45 remaining in overtime, as No. 4 menís lacrosse defeated No. 8 Adelphi, in a 15-14 thriller that saw junior Greg Cerar (Farmingdale, N.Y.) score 9 goals in the game, setting a new program single-game record.

The Pioneers improve to 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the ECC, while the Panthers drop to 5-3 and 1-1 in the ECC.

The game was a tumultuous affair, with six ties and four lead changes. The Pioneers got on the board first when Cerar scored an unassisted goal, but two Panther goals quickly gave Adelphi the lead. A goal by Matt Merritt (Long Beach, N.Y.) tied the game at two apiece, but another Adelphi goal gave the Pioneers the lead again.

A man-up goal by Dave Loftus (Merrick, N.Y.) tied the game at three, but the Panthers scored four straight goals to pull away and led 7-3 at the end of the first period.

The second quarter opened up with another Cerar goal to cut the lead to three. After Ian Kuchta scored his fourth goal of the day to push the Adelphi lead back to four, the Pioneers went on a five-goal tear that saw Cerar score four of the five goals for C.W. Post, and the home team went into the half with a 9-8 lead.

Adelphi roared out of the second half, scoring two quick goals to take a 10-9 lead. Cerar scored again to tie the game at 10-10, but the Panthers ripped off four goals, including two by Kuchta, to take a 14-10 lead, and closed out the third quarter up by four.

The fourth quarter saw the teams play a scoreless first six minutes, until Cerar assisted on a Mike Messina goal with 8:55 remaining to pull within three. Another scoreless four minutes passed until Cerar scored off a Rob Renetta (East Syracuse, N.Y.) assist to cut the lead to 14-12.

With less than a minute left and the Pioneers down by two, the Pioneer offense work the ball to Matt Dimler (Long Valley, N.J.), who scored his only goal of the game to cut the lead to one with 53 seconds remaining.

Mike Cama (Levittown, N.Y.) won the faceoff, and within 00:18 remaining on the clock, Loftus sent a pass to Cerar, who found the back of the net for his ninth goal of the game, forcing a sudden death overtime period and setting the stage for Loftusí game winner.

Cerar, in addition to his nine-goal effort, also added two assists for 11 total points. Loftus had two and two assists, Merrit had two goals and one assist, Dimler chipped in with a goal and three assists, and Renetta assisted on two goals for the Pioneers.

In the net for C.W. Post, junior goalkeeper Daniel Sciulla (Merrick, N.Y.) made 7 saves while allowing 13 goals.

The Pioneers outshot the Panthers 49-28, and were successful on 2 of 7 man-up opportunities. Adelphi won 23 of 33 face-off attempts, and picked up 27 ground balls to the Pioneersí 24. C.W. Post had only 13 turnovers compared to 24 for the Panthers.

Head coach John Jez and the Pioneers trek to Erie, Pa., to take on Mercyhurst next Saturday, April 12, for a noon game.