Sept. 1, 2009

 

Courtesy of Le Moyne Athletics

Foxborough, Mass. - Senior goalkeeper Daniel Sciulla made seven saves in the fourth quarter and USILA Player of the Year Greg Cerar scored four second half goals to lead #2 C.W. Post to an 8-7 victory over #1 Le Moyne College in the 2009 Division II Men's Lacrosse National Championship game on Sunday evening in front of 24, 072 fans at Gillette Stadium.

Le Moyne opened the scoring in the contest just 12 seconds in. Senior midfielder Brian Welch (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) moved around the back of the cage and hit sophomore attackman Jack Venditti (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) with a pass on the right crease. Venditti took two steps and beat Sciulla over the right shoulder.

The Pioneers answered back with three consecutive goals to go ahead 3-1. Joe Meo dodged right from top of box and scored low to the goalkeeper's stick-side with 12:45 to go. Matt Dimler then gave the Pioneers the lead with 11:27 remaining by coming around the goal, ducking inside his defender and scoring low. Dave Loftus capped the three-goal run at the 6:46 mark by taking a pass from Nick Coric and bouncing a shot inside the near post from 12 yards out.

The two squads traded goals over the final 1:18 to end the first quarter with C.W. Post leading 4-2. Sophomore attackman Jack Harmatuk (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Syracuse U.) pulled the Dolphins within one goal by dodging from the left side and firing a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off a C.W. Post defender into the goal. Loftus closed out the quarter by picking up a ground ball just off the crease and converting the open shot.

Sophomore defensive midfielder Jikado Hanna (Hopkinton, Mass./Bridgton Academy) tallied the second quarter's only goal with 4:08 left by scoring in transition off a clearing pass from senior defenseman Tim MacLean (Troy, Mich./Detroit Jesuit) following a save by senior goalkeeper Doug McIver (Altamont, N.Y./Albany Academy), who finished with 11 saves in the contest.

Senior midfielder Brooks Robinson (Preble, N.Y./Tully/Onondaga C.C.) tied the score at four apiece 3:58 into the third quarter on a blast from 8 yards out after picking up ground ball. C.W. Post regained the lead with 9:53 remaining as Cerar rolled inside from the right side and scored inside the near post. The Dolphins evened the score for the final time 1:15 later as sophomore midfielder Tyler Sennett (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) dodged from the top of box, weaved through three defenders and beat Sciulla low.

Cerar notched consecutive goals over the final 2:46 of the third quarter to give C.W. Post a 7-5 advantage. He registered the first of the two goals after a Le Moyne defender went for a crossing pass at the top of the box and placed a low shot between McIver's legs. On the second goal, Cerar beat his defender behind the cage, rolled back inside and shot low with 2.1 second left in the stanza.

Harmatuk got the Dolphins to within 7-6 just 43 seconds into the final quarter by using an inside roll and beating the goalkeeper with a bounce shot from 10 yards out. Following almost 13 minutes of scoreless action, Cerar scored into an open goal off a pass from Loftus. The Dolphins won the ensuing face-off and ran the ball into the offensive zone before calling a timeout. Right after play was resumed, Harmatuk scored on the crease off a pass from sophomore midfielder Matt Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn). After causing a turnover following the face-off, the Dolphins called a timeout after getting the ball into the box. Venditti put a shot wide with 14 seconds remaining before Harmatuk had a shot saved with only four seconds remaining.

Le Moyne (16-1), which defeated C.W. Post, 6-5, on March 21st in the Carrier Dome,was making its fourth consecutive appearance in the National Championship game. The senior class closes its career with a record of 64-5 and two national championships. The 64 wins marks the highest total by a class in Le Moyne history.