SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Saturday, LIU Post outscored Le Moyne 6-0 in the second half, en route to a 9-3 victory in an NCAA Division II quarterfinal at Ted Grant Field.
The win not only avenged a 9-8 overtime loss to the Dolphins (13-3) in last year's postseason tournament, it advanced the Pioneers (10-5) to next Sunday's national semifinal.
During the latter 30 minutes of action, the Green and Gold's six-goal run to glory was keyed by a crucial five-goal performance in the third quarter. Tied 3-3 at halftime, sophomore midfielder Anthony Berardis gave the visitors the lead for good, via an even-strength marker 4:50 into the period. Graduate attackman/midfielder Joe Costello and sophomore attackman Matty Beccarisfollowed with two goals apiece to widen LIU Post's advantage to 8-3.
Not to be outdone, the Pioneers' defensive unit limited the opposition to only three shots on net in the third quarter, all of which were turned aside by graduate goalie T.J. DiCarlo, who made a game-high 14 saves. Additionally, senior midfielder Dom Mantovani won four of the period's six face-offs to aid the Green and Gold in maintaining possession of the ball.
In the fourth quarter, Costello capped the scoring for the contest, when he beat Le Moyne junior goalie Pat Brothers on an unassisted effort at the 9:42 mark. Costello led all goal scorers on the day with four tallies. Beccaris chipped in three goals and an assist. Berardis and junior attackman Chris Caiazza each found the back of the cage once.
Mantovani was superb on face-offs, winning 10 of 16 of them. Meanwhile, on clears, LIU Post was a near-perfect 13 of-14.