Cw Post vs. Dominican
May 3, 2008
The Game Story:
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (May 3, 2008) - A career-high seven goals and two assists by junior attacker Dave Loftus (Merrick, N.Y.) was more than enough offense for the third-ranked Pioneers, as they rolled to a 19-4 East Coast Conference victory over the Chargers of Dominican College on Saturday afternoon at Hickox Field. Prior to the game, the Pioneers recognized their two seniors, Rob Renetta (East Syracuse, N.Y) and Thomas Maloney (Great Neck, N.Y.), for their accomplishments over the past two seasons.
The win improves the Pioneers overall record to 11-3 and ECC record to 4-2, while the Chargers drop to 5-10 and 0-6 in conference play.
Loftus scored the first goal of the game with just one second remaining in the first quarter, as the two teams nearly put zeros on the board for the first fifteen minutes.
Mike Spinelli’s (East Islip, N.Y.) goal at two minutes in, followed by another Loftus goal, then a Maloney tally gave the Pioneer a 4-0 lead.
A Charger goal cut the lead to three, but back to back Loftus and Spinelli scores gave the Pioneers a 6-1 edge.
Pat O’Shea and Alex Jones followed with back to back tallies of their own to cut the Pioneer lead in half, 6-3, but a 9-0 run by the Pioneers, including two goals apiece from Renetta and Greg Cerar (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and three from Loftus, put the game completely out of reach for the Chargers.
Renetta, Loftus, Maloney, and Mike Cama (Levittown, N.Y.) each notched another goal for the Pioneers as they closed on the fourth quarter en route to a 19-4 victory.
Michael Giordano (Farmingdale, N.Y.) made six saves and allowed only four goals in earning his fourth victory of the season between the pipes.
Cama was dominant on face-offs, winning 22 of his 25 attempts while picking up a game-high 14 ground balls.
In addition to Loftus’ big game, the Pioneers also saw strong outings from Renetta, who finished with three goals and four assists, Spinelli, who added three goals and two assists, Maloney, who added three gaols and an assists, and Cerar, who assisted on three goals while scoring two.
The Pioneers finish the regular season with an 11-3 record overall, and will now await the NCAA selection to find out if they are awarded a berth in the upcoming NCAA Championship tournament.