Molloy Takes Down LIU Post For First Time Ever
from press release
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. - On Saturday, the Molloy College men's lacrosse team, ranked 14th in the country, defeated and notched an enormous upset victory over No. 5 LIU Post at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex by the final score of 8-7.
Senior goalie John Grebe (Farmingville, N.Y.), who came up huge making 16 saves, and the Lions' defense stopped the dynamic Pioneers' offense in a critical East Coast Conference triumph. With the win, the Lions bettered their record to 4-3 (1-2 ECC), while the Pioneers slipped to 4-2 on the year (3-1 ECC).
Molloy came out of the gate scoring four unanswered goals, with four different Lions doing the damage. Sophomore Austin Valenti (Baldwin, N.Y.) started things off with a tally at the 13:25 mark. That goal was followed by markers from sophomore Kevin Teresky (South Huntington, N.Y.), junior Tom Engelhardt (Bethpage, N.Y.) and junior Sal Geneva (Hicksville, N.Y.).
Joe Costello scored two goals before the first quarter ended to cut the Pioneers' deficit in half. After Molloy junior Joe Leonard (Hicksville, N.Y.) scored to open up the second period, Costello struck again for the hat trick. That third goal changed the score to 5-3 in favor of the Lions.
LIU Post's Matty Beccaris and Chris Caiazza scored a goal apiece before the halftime buzzer sounded, to even the score at 5-5.
The only third quarter goal was scored by Molloy's Sal Geneva, giving the Lions the lead again, 6-5. In the fourth, Teresky scored his second goal of the game at the 9:49 mark, which was followed by Leonard's second marker four minutes later. With 5:39 left in regulation, Molloy held the advantage, 8-5.
With 2:18 left, Beccaris found the back of the netting again for the Pioneers to trim the Lions' lead to 8-6. Then with three seconds left, Ryan Slane scored for LIU Post to cut Molloy's advantage to 8-7. In the final faceoff of the game, LIU Post won it, and fired a shot from midfield. However, the shot wasn't near the goal -- sending the Molloy bench spilling onto the field in jubilation celebrating with their teammates.
For Molloy, Sal Geneva, Teresky and Leonard all scored twice, while Engelhardt had one goal and one assist.
Head Coach Eric Petrullo and the Lions return to the field on Wednesday, March 26 when they play at Post University in Waterbury, Conn. The opening faceoff is slated for 4 p.m.
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