Cw Post vs. Eastern Connecticut
March 1, 2003
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Marc DiGiovanni (WILTON) tied his career high with six goals and Mark Hayes (FAIRFIELD) made 22 saves to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team to a 16-5 win over LIU-C.W. Post Saturday in the opener for both schools at Sacred Heart University.

In a battle of pre-season nationally-ranked teams, Eastern rolled up a 13-1 lead late in the third quarter in giving first-year head coach Jonathan Basti his first win as a collegiate head coach. Basti replaced seven-year head coach Rick McCarthy, who led the Warriors into post-season competition the past four years. Basti had been an assist at Sacred Heart the past two years.

Eastern was ranked 16th nationally in the pre-season Division III poll, C.W. Post fifth in the pre-season Division II poll. C.W. Post has reached the Division II title game four times in the past seven years, winning the 1996 crown.

DiGiovanni, a senior pre-season All-America, led the way offensively, scoring five goals in a run of 13 straight by the Warriors after the Pioneers had scored the first goal of the match four minutes into play. Sophomore attackman Brian Hebron (HICKSVILLE, NY) added two goals and three assists for Eastern, which got a goal or assist from eight different players.

Hayes finished one save shy of the program's match record for saves, which he shares with Ryan Reitano. He held the Pioneers scoreless for 40 minuts and two seconds as Eastern was making run of 13 straight goals. The Pioneers scored four of their five goals in the game's final 16 minutes.

Eastern faces No. 5 nationally-ranked SUNY at Cortland Saturday at 1 p.m. in Wantagh, NY.