MANCHESTER, N.H. – Anthony Berardis scored four times as eighth-ranked LIU Post edged Southern New Hampshire University 9-8 in men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Larkin Field. The Pioneers improved to 4-1 with the victory, while the Penmen are 0-4 on the season.
Matty Beccaris finished with three goals for LIU Post, while Anthony DeLuca had the other two Pioneer tallies.
Southern New Hampshire was led by Rob Murray (Marblehead, Mass.), who finished with three goals and a pair of assists. Corey Allen (Suffield, Conn.) notched two goals and an assist, while John Cuozzo (Norfolk, Mass.) scored twice and Cameron Joyce (Braintree, Mass.) had the other Penmen tally.
Trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Penmen tied the game 49 seconds into the third quarter on a Murray tally. LIU Post scored the game's next two goals and went up 6-4 on a Berardis goal at the 8:53 mark. Cuozzo cut the lead to one at 6:25 before Berardis made it a two-goal game 44 seconds later. Joyce scored at the 4:20 mark to make it 7-6, which remained the score at the end of the frame.
DeLuca scored back-to-back goals at 12:55 and 10:32 to open up a three-goal advantage for LIU Post, 9-6. Cuozzo scored at 9:58, and Murray notched his third goal of the game with 3:36 left to cut the lead to one. The Penmen won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over, and the Pioneers were able to run out the remainder of the contest.
Allen gave SNHU a 1-0 lead with his man-up goal 3:40 into the game. The Pioneers scored twice to take a 2-1 lead after one period, but the Penmen scored the first two goals of the second quarter to take a 3-2 lead at the 10:51 mark on a Murray tally. The guests scored twice in the final 1:46 of the half, including a Becarris goal 10 seconds before intermission, to take a 4-3 halftime lead.
Tim Bradley made six saves in goal for LIU Post. Crosby Nicholson (Andover, Mass.) started and played the first 39:19 in goal for SNHU and made seven saves while allowing seven goals before giving way to Morgan Weireter (Oak Park, Calif.), who made seven saves and allowed a pair of goals. The Pioneers held a 42-23 shot advantage, with both teams winning 10 faceoffs. The guests were 1-5 with the man advantage, while SNHU cashed in one of its two man-up opportunities.
Southern New Hampshire opens Northeast-10 play Saturday when it hosts Assumption College in a 1:00 game at Larkin Field.