Late surge bails out No. 1 C.W. Post
Pioneers stay unbeaten with victory against Bentley
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – No. 1 C.W. Post scored two goals in the final 3:54 as the Pioneers escaped with a 6-3 victory against No. 8 Bentley University in non-conference men’s lacrosse Saturday.
For the second consecutive year, Bentley was step-for-step with the two-time defending national champions, but late goals by Owen Campbell and Mike Messina proved to be the difference. The Pioneers are unbeaten through seven games, while Bentley falls to 0-1.
The Falcons were within 4-3 with 6:54 remaining in the game after freshman Nick Astarita scored his first career goal with junior Brendan Grant on the assist.
But the Pioneers finished strong, as Campbell netted a goal with 3:54 left and Messina scored with 1:44 remaining to end the scoring.
Bentley drew first blood, as sophomore Dan Keefer scored with 7:49 left in the first quarter. C.W. Post finished the quarter strong though, as Messina and Jimmy Johnston scored to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.
They carried that momentum into the second quarter, going up 3-1 on Nick Coric’s goal less than three minutes in. Junior J.D. Ayer got one back for Bentley with a man-up goal less than four minutes later, before Johnston scored again to make it 4-2 at halftime.
Senior goalie Mike O’Neil, making his first career start for the Falcons, made 13 saves.