CW Post Repeats As DII Champs, 14-9 Over Le Moyne

CW Post Repeats As DII Champs, 14-9 Over Le Moyne

CW Post Repeats As DII Champs, 14-9 Over Le Moyne

CW Post Repeats As DII Champs, 14-9 Over Le Moyne

The CW Post Pioneers beat the Le Moyne Dolphins, 14-9, to capture the NCAA DII Title for the second year in a row.

BALTIMORE (AP) -Eddie Plompen scored four goals and C.W. Post used a dominant second half to defeat LeMoyne 14-9 and repeat as Division II lacrosse national champion Sunday.

Joe Meo and Keith Rodriguez scored three goals each for C.W. Post (16-1), which has captured three national titles.

Nick Coric and Justin Patterson both had a goal and two assists for the Pioneers, who outscored the Dolphins 9-1 in the second half.

It was a rematch of last year's final between the two New York rivals and a back-and-forth affair featuring runs by both teams. Rodriguez scored two goals as C.W. Post, located on Long Island, raced to an early 4-1 lead. vJack Harmatuk scored three goals and assisted on another. LeMoyne (15-2) led 8-5 at halftime.

LeMoyne head coach Dan Sheehan pulled starting goalie Matt Krupka at that point and backup Jeff White made a couple saves to spark the Syracuse school, which closed the first half with a 7-1 run.

C.W. Post regrouped at intermission and opened the second half with a 5-0 run. Meo scored two goals and Patterson contributed a goal and an assist.

Plompen, who had five points and was selected the game's Most Outstanding Player, capped the onslaught by beating White one-on-one to give the Pioneers a 10-8 lead at the 12:54 mark of the fourth quarter.

Vinnie Alexander scored an unassisted goal to snap a scoreless drought of 24 minutes, 10 seconds and get LeMoyne back within one. However, Plompen scored two more goals to key a 4-0 run by C.W. Post to close out the contest.

Harmatuk, the Division II Attackman of the Year, was shut out in the second half.

LeMoyne fell in the finals for the third straight season after winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Le Moyne coach Dan Sheehan

Opening statement on the NCAA Division II championship game

“We certainly had the momentum going into halftime and then we came out in the second half and continually turned the ball over. We were not smart with our possessions. If anybody had a stopwatch on the time that we played defense, it was probably 45 minutes, and you’re not going to win too many games if you’re playing defense for 45 minutes in hot weather.”

On the difference between the first and second half

“We didn’t have the ball for the first six minutes of the first quarter. We started getting some possessions in the first half that almost every time we touched the ball we had some quality shots and more times than not, no goals. In the second half, we didn’t have those same possessions. I think anytime you’re down by a couple goals going into the last four minutes of the game, you’ve got to gamble, you’ve got to try to get the ball back. We weren’t intelligent in the way we did that either.”

On not finishing in the past national championship game

“Everybody wants to compare this year’s team to last year and the team before that and the three teams that won national championships and it’s just not fair. These kids are 18 to 22 years old. They bring a different identity, not just every year; they bring an identity every day to practice. They’re kids that were trying to shape into young men and make good decisions. For any team to make it to five consecutive national championship games there are a lot of teams that wish they had the opportunity to sit up here and talk to you guys today.”

Le Moyne junior attackman Jack Hamatuk

On the lack of offense in the second half

“We didn’t rebound the ball on offense and when we did we would make a sloppy pass. We just didn’t get very many good looks at the cage.”

On not scoring during the second half

“They were doubling pretty quickly and it was tough to find the open guy.”

On making it to the championship game even with many injuries to the team

“It’s an accomplishment to get here but it’s disappointing and frustrating to let one slip away. We did a good job of battling through injuries and having guys step up [this year].”

C.W. Post coach John Jez

Opening Statement on the game

“It was a very exciting game. We go into halftime down by three goals, and we were able to overcome that. The defense played great in the second half and held them [Le Moyne] to one goal. Then our offense came together and started to play as a unit and we were able to get more points on the board.”

On the struggles in the second quarter

“I think it was just ball control. I think we were just rushing the ball too much, we weren’t settling down into a six-on-six offense. Our guys start to do one-on-one stuff and we realized we needed to do it as a unit or we weren’t going to be able to succeed.”

On the similarities to last year’s title game against Le Moyne

“Both teams are great teams and the similarities are there all the time. That one [last year’s game] was closer our offense was able to open a little more [today]. It’s always going to be a close game no matter what happens when we play Le Moyne.”

C.W. Post sophomore attackman Eddie Plompen

On the second-half turnaround

“At halftime we really came together as one and said we have to play 30 minutes. We came out and played a great third quarter and our defense was a big key to the game today.”

On the differences between the 2009 and 2010 title games

“This year I think it was a different kind of an offense because we really played more as a unit like we needed to. We didn’t have those two big key players to lean on. There’s really no one star on this offense. We really helped each other out.”

C.W. Post senior midfielder Joe Meo

On the second-half turnaround

“We knew at halftime it was anybody’s ballgame. We just tried to get back to sharing the ball and playing as a unit, which is something that has been big for us all year. It proved to be successful again today.”

On the differences between the 2009 and 2010 title games

“It’s hard coming back when you lose star players on the attack end and a lot of people doubt you. We had an early loss in the season to Dowling but from then on we really came together and started to play more as a team.”

C.W. Post senior defenseman Joe Blount

On defending Le Moyne’s Jack Harmatuk and Vinnie Alexander

“We knew that both of those players were going to take over the game. They’re both two great players. Richie [Schmidt] said at halftime that he might need some help on Harmatuk. We just tried to help out Richie and make some adjustments to put pressure on those players.”

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Weekend attendance is down
    by (#142666) on 5/30/10 @9:51PM
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    by (#222425) on 5/30/10 @11:41PM
nobody wants to go to these games, theyre just chillen in baltimore. there was almost 50,000 people there on saturday.
 
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Fewer than that
    by (#142666) on 5/31/10 @9:22AM
The official gate for Saturday was 44,389. The last time Baltimore hosted the Final Four that Sat. number was 52,004.
 
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man...
    by (#224361) on 5/31/10 @11:38AM
post is using maybachs now dang they look sick with the old k18's

tufts old k18's are sick too
 
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they are down
    by (#65280) on 6/02/10 @11:57AM
but also look at who was playing... thank god duke was there or the numbers would have been lower. last time they were in b more it was hop and duke. numbers in boston were so big because look who played there both years. SU travels like the sox do... where ever they are is their home turf.
 
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