It did not rain much in Walnut Creek, Calif., where Nick Coric learned to play lacrosse. He certainly never encountered the weather conditions he endured at C.W. Post Saturday, where the Pioneers hosted Bentley. The gale force winds not only turned umbrellas inside out, they toppled two tents.
Then, there was the rain. "It was just terrible,'' Coric said. "It was cold, puddles everywhere. You would fall, it was like you were swimming.''
That said, the junior attacker from the San Francisco Bay area scored three goals and added two assists in a 7-4 victory for defending national champion Post (5-0). Post has won 14 straight dating back to last season.
The West Coast is far from the capital of lacrosse - Long Island holds that distinction - but Coric said his home state is making strides. "When I was in eighth grade there wasn't even a program in my city,'' he said. "By the time I was a junior in high school I was coaching two teams. It is growing.''
Coric scored all three of his goals in the first period as Post took a 3-0 lead. "We came out firing,'' Coric said. "But it was still only 3-0.''
Bentley came alive in the second quarter, getting goals from Addi Van Hatcher and Wyatt Couture and the half ended with Post up by 4-2. "I really got worried,'' Coric said.
Stephen Moulton beat Danny Orlando in the Post goal to make it 4-3 at the end of the third period. Coric assisted on Brad DeSouza's goal to make it 5-3, but Van Hatcher scored with 8:16 in the fourth and it was 5-4.
Bentley (1-2) got no closer as Mike Cama continued to control the faceoffs (he was 15-for- 15) and Eddie Plompen and Doug Hoch scored consecutive goals to put Post safely ahead. Despite the weather, Cama put together a career day with his perfect record on faceoffs. "I usually use the weather to my advantage and jump in the puddles,'' Cama said. "Today, I had tape on my stick and the mesh got soaked and made it a lot heavier.''
Orlando, the transfer from Hofstra, had nine saves. He spent most of the game trying to stay warm. "I walked from hash mark to hash mark when the ball was in the other end just trying to keep my feet warm. I didn't really succeed.''
One person who had no complaint at all was winning coach John Jez. "Best ever,'' he said of the result, if not the weather.