Division II Roundup Feb 23rd

Post Men’s Lacrosse Drops Opener To Dowling 18-9

Buchas Scores Five Goals In Eagles’ Debut

WATERBURY, Conn. – The Post University men’s lacrosse team lost its season-opener to #12 Dowling, 18-9, on a snowy Saturday afternoon at LaMoy Field. Sophomore Trevor Buchas (Bristol, Conn.) scored five times for the Eagles in his debut.

The Eagles quickly got on the board as a shot by sophomore Luke McDermott (New Milford, Conn.) bounced off the Golden Lions’ keeper, then off Buchas and into the net to put Post in front 1-0 just 16 seconds in.

Dowling answered back with two scores, both by Frank Iaconetti to pull in front 2-1 with 12:18 left in the first. Buchas tied the score minutes later with a goal off a pass from sophomore Kyle Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.). The Golden Lions closed out the quarter with four straight goals to hold a 6-2 advantage after one.

Junior Chris Lommer (Lancaster, N.Y.) put Post on the board in the second quarter after a turnover by Dowling. On their ensuing possession, the Eagles had two shots saved by Frank Sommers before a penalty by the Golden Lions gave Post a man advantage. Buchas capitalized on the situation with his third goal of the day off a pass from senior Brian Beatson (Falls Church, Va.). Beatson finished with a goal and three assists.

Dowling took control from there and pulled ahead 14-4 before a late score by junior Colby Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) made the score 14-5 at the half.

Beatson scored with 1:50 left in the third quarter with the Eagles up two men. Treat took control of the ensuing faceoff and McDermott beat the keeper as Post trailed 16-7 through three quarters.

Buchas scored his final two goals in the fourth quarter, both of passes from Beatson.

Dowling held a 37-35 advantage in shots. McDermott led the Eagles with nine tries on the day. Post had 36 ground balls on the afternoon, led by sophomore Alsharif Blackman (Easton, Pa.) with nine. Blackman was also 11-28 on face-offs.

Post returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 25 against Pace. The game will be played at SUNY-Purchase in Purchase, N.Y. Face-off is set 3p.m.

 

Molloy Lions Pounce on St. Anselm Men’s Lacrosse in Season Opener, 17-6

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Senior Charles Geraghty (Norwich, Vt.) netted two first-period goals and senior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) added another give the Hawks an early lead, but the Saint Anselm men’s lacrosse team opened its 2014-15 campaign Saturday afternoon with a 17-6 loss to Molloy College at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex on Long Island.

It was the first game of the season for both teams, who battled 20-degree temperatures and an icy breeze Saturday afternoon. With the win, Molloy moved to 1-0 on the year and Saint Anselm fell to 0-1.

The Lions started hot out of the gate, posting the game-opening goal just 55 seconds after the opening faceoff, then added another at the 12:55 mark to sprint out to a quick 2-0 lead. However, Saint Anselm would warm up quickly and respond with the next three tallies to snag a one-goal lead at the first quarter break. Geraghty’s season-opening score came at the 7:12 mark of the period to cut the deficit in half, then Peters and Geraghty each added another in the closing 41 seconds of the first frame with a man-up advantage to pick up a bit of momentum.

That momentum was pretty well squashed in the second period by a suffocating Lions defense that gave up just one Saint Anselm shot on goal. Molloy was able to beat Saint Anselm junior goaltender James O’Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) six more times before the half and never looked back en route to a dominant 11-goal season-opening victory.

Geraghty completed a season-opening hat-trick performance at the 9:02 mark of the third period from an assist from senior midfielder Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) on a man-up chance. Sophomore midfielder Alexander Pacitti (Foxboro, Mass.) also got into the scorebook with a put-away three minutes later for his first goal of the season. Senior attacker Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) capped off the Hawks’ scoring with a goal at the 3:23 mark in the fourth quarter.

O’Neill took the loss in his first start of the season, picking up eight saves on the afternoon. Molloy’s Ryan Toomey secured the win by recording 10 saves on 16 Saint Anselm shots on goal.

Saint Anselm will take a brief hiatus, hoping the turf at Grappone Stadium will thaw out a bit, before returning to action with three straight home games in the month of March. The Hawks entertain Mercy on Wednesday, March 4 before closing out its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, March 10 against New York Institute of Technology—both of which are 4 p.m. matchups. The Hawks will then dive into Northeast-10 Conference play with a home matchup against Adelphi on Saturday, March 14 at Grappone Stadium.

Photo courtesy St. Anselm Athletics