Cw Post vs. Merrimack
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Mar. 24, 2007) - Freshman Matt Merritt scored three goals and dished out one assist, while sophomore Matt Dimler tallied two goals and as many assists Saturday afternoon at Hickox Field, as the fifth-ranked C.W. Post men's lacrosse wrapped up the non-conference portion of its regular season with a 9-4 victory over visiting Merrimack.

The host Pioneers (7-1) scored three goals in the first period, with Dimler opening the scoring 1:26 into the game. He then assisted on Merritt's man-up goal with 11:11 left in the period, before Dimler notched his 11th goal of the season with 7:48 remaining.

Tom Maloney scored off a Dimler pass with 11:28 left in the first half, giving C.W. Post a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Merritt scored an extra-man goal 21 seconds into the second half, before completing his hat trick with 4:02 left in the third period to push his team's advantage to 6-0.

Merrimack (1-2) broke its scoreless drought in a big way, netting three goals in the final 2:38 of the third period to cut its deficit in half. Taylor Roberts scored with 2:38 left, before Greg Rogowski scored his seventh (2:10; man-up) and eighth (0:03) goals of the season, respectively.

Sophomore Greg Cerar (2 g, 1 a) scored the Pioneers' first man-down goal of the season with 12:41 left in the game, before Rob Renetta dented the net on a man-up play with 11:53 left to push the C.W. Post advantage to 8-3. Cerar registered his 20th goal of the season off a pass from Merritt with 8:42 left, before Christopher Elia (1 g, 2 a) rounded out the scoring off a pass from Roberts with 5:19 remaining.

C.W. Post held a 28-19 advantage in shots on the afternoon, and reaped great rewards from its special teams. The Pioneers went 3-for-6 on extra-man opportunities, while limiting the Warriors to a 1-for-10 success rate in similar situations. C.W. Post senior goalie Nick Dello-Iacono stopped seven shots on the afternoon, while Eric Tompkins (8 ga) turned aside seven shots in the Merrimack cage.

Head coach John Jez and the Pioneers now round out the regular season with five games against East Coast Conference competition. C.W. Post is back on the field April 7, when they welcome next-door neighbor and fourth-ranked NYIT to Hickox Field for a noon face-off.