Liu Post vs. Mercyhurst
April 13, 2013
The Game Story:
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (April 13, 2013) – Top-ranked Mercyhurst scored four unanswered goals to close out the game and overtake the No. 5 LIU Post men's lacrosse team 14-13 on Saturday afternoon.

The Lakers remain perfect at 11-0 while the Pioneers stand at 8-2 on the season.

Mercyhurst began with two quick scored in the first with Zac Reid's marker at 14:14 followed by James Chayka's score at 11:05. But the Pioneers evened things up as freshman attacker Matty Beccaris (North Babylon, N.Y) scored back-to-back at 2:50 and 2:16. Chayka's score with nine seconds left in the quarter saw the Pioneers down a goal at the end of the first.

Mercyhurst again took control with two goals early in the second quarter by Brian Scheez and Reid, but again the Pioneers clawed back, this time as Joe Costello (Minneapolis, Minn.) took a feed from Ryan Slane (North Babylon, N.Y.) and hit the upper right corner at 8:57, followed by Chris Ruhlig's (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) on a Beccaris assists. Mercyhurst scored at 3:49 to take a 6-4 lead, but the Pioneers were able to trim the lead to a single goal as Slane and Beccaris teamed up at 1:47 to cut the lead to 6-5.

The Pioneer turned the tables on Mercyhurst in the second half, taking control with a goal just ten seconds in after Brandon Bertone (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) won the faceoff, raced upfield and sent a pass to Costello, who beat Mercyhurst goalkeeper Michel Grace for the equalizer. The hosts grabbed their first lead of the afternoon just four minutes later when freshman Anthony Berardis (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored unassisted 15 10:16 to put the Pioneers on top, 7-5.

But the Lakers erased the lead with two goals in a ten-second span as Jake McAndrew scored a man-up tally at 7:31 and Mitch McAvoy won a faceoff and quickly found the back of the net at 7:21, giving 'Hurst a 8-7 lead.

The Pioneers rallied, as a pair of Costello goals sandwiched Berardis' second of the afternoon and the Pioneers grabbed a 10-8 lead. The teams traded goals back and forth, with the Pioneers unable to extend their lead to more than a pair of goals until Beccaris found Berardis for a score at 10:43 to put he Pioneers up 13-10 with 10:43 to play.

But from that point on, Mercyhurst was able to hold onto possession, taking advantage of several Pioneer penalties and winning three of the final four faceoffs to score four unanswered goals and take a 14-13 lead. The Pioneers had possession with a little over one minute remaining, but Grace came up with a save on Berardis' final shot of the game to preserve the victory for the Lakers.

Senior Tim Bradley (Wantagh, N.Y.) played a strong game between the pipes, coming up with nine saves. Grace stopped 16 shots for the Lakers.

The Pioneers won 20-31 faceoffs and picked up 57 ground balls to 49 for the Lakers, while also outshooting them 41-35. The turnovers were also equal – 14-14, but six miscues in the final quarter for the Pioneers hurt them.

LIU Post will look to rebound next Saturday as the Pioneers travel to Dowling to visit the defending National Champions at 1 p.m.