Cw Post vs. Dominican
February 24, 2007
The Game Story:
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2007) - Sophomore attack Greg Cerar scored three goals and dished out three assists, and all six of his points Saturday afternoon came in a decisive 11-0 run by the fourth-ranked C.W. Post men's lacrosse team, which overcame an early three-goal deficit to win its East Coast Conference opener over Dominican, 12-4, at Hickox Field.

The visiting Chargers (0-1, 0-1 ECC) took a 3-0 lead 5:21 into the game, receiving goals from Alex Jones, Jeremy Arcaro and Owen Smith III in the process. It marked the first time that the host Pioneers (3-0, 1-0 ECC), playing in their first home game of the season, have trailed all year. C.W. Post (3-0, 1-0 ECC) called a time out, it scored the next 11 goals of the game to take control for good. Carer scored an unassisted tally with 8:05 left, before Joe Meo (2 g) scored off a Matt Dimler (1 g, 1 a) with 7:23 remaining, cutting the Chargers' lead to 3-2 by the end of the first period.

Cerar scored in transition 46 seconds into the second period to knot the game at 3-all, and then gave his team the lead for good with 9:42 left in the half on an unassisted effort. He then found Anthony Merendino on a man-up play with 8:57 remaining to give the hosts a 5-3 lead at halftime.

Merendino (2 g, 1 a) netted an unassisted tally four minutes into the third period, before Dimler (man-up) and Tom Maloney (2 g) scored to give C.W. Post an 8-3 lead after 45 minutes of play.

Matt Merritt, Maloney and Charles Senn all scored in the first 4:46 of the fourth period for the Pioneers, before Dominican stopped the run with 8:59 left on a man-up goal by Joe Cobis. Meo rounded out the afternoon's scoring with 6:53 to go.

C.W. Post dominated the game statistically, outshooting the Chargers by a 45-27 count and holding a 41-32 edge in ground balls. The Pioneers won 11-of-18 face-offs, and posted a plus-nine in the turnovers battle (DC: 26, CWP: 17). C.W. Post was successful on all but two of its 25 clearing opportunities, and went 3-for-9 on the man advantage.

Senior All-America defender Chase Safarowic caused a career-best five turnovers for the Pioneers, while classmate Nick Dello-Iacono made 13 of his 16 saves in the second half.

Dominican's Joe Assante made 13 of his 18 saves in the first half of play.

Head coach John Jez and the Pioneers are back in action next Saturday (Mar. 3), when they travel to Smithfield, R.I., for a 1 p.m. contest at ninth-ranked Bryant.