Top-seeded LIU Post scored five first-half goals en route to win
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- On Saturday, top-seeded LIU Post notched five first-half goals en route to a 6-1 rout of fourth-seeded Dowling in an NCAA second-round tilt. The Pioneers had five different players tickle the twine in the victory.
The win now advances LIU Post (18-1-2) to the third round of the tournament, where it will face Southern New Hampshire at the highest-remaining seed in the Atlantic Region. The contest, pending Sunday's result, will be played at either Notre Dame (Ohio) or Mercyhurst. The Pioneers and Penmen have not squared off since 2011, which was in the East Region final.
Three of the opening period's five goals occurred within a window of 6:11. Senior midfielder Jonathon Watkin got things started in the 19th minute, when he put a through ball from sophomore midfielder Per Forgaard past Dowling (12-5-3) senior goalie Ryan McDonald, who collected one save on the afternoon.
Three minutes later, junior forward Eivind Austboe capitalized on a turnover, and finished into the net, making it a 2-0 game. The marker was his 24th of the campaign. Shortly thereafter, senior back Eirik Bjoernoe worked a give-and-go with sophomore midfielder Matias Ruiz to widen the hosts' lead to three goals.
Meanwhile, the other two tallies came in the final 9:11. First, in the 36th minute, a deflection off a Golden Lions' defender, originating off a Bjoernoe free kick, landed in the mesh. Only 8:03 later, Forgaard fired a corner kick from Bjoernoe off the inside of the near post to send LIU Post into the intermission up 5-0.
During the latter 45-minute session, Watkin added his second tally of the game nearly 18 minutes in. He beat Daniel Jensen, off a feed from Forgaard. That rounded out the Pioneers' scoring efforts, and put the decision well out of reach.
For the contest, LIU Post owned a 14-6 advantage in shots, and an 8-4 edge in corner kicks. In net, senior keeper Marco Jorgensen and red-shirt junior netminder Victor Muntean combined to make one stop.