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Post, Hofstra both win convincingly

Eddie Plompen scored seven goals to lead Division II's top-ranked C.W. Post over host Grand Canyon University, 19-3, Saturday in a men's lacrosse game.

Plompen scored three of his goals in the first quarter as the Pioneers, the two-time defending Division II champs, jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

Post (2-0) scored 10 unanswered goals in the second half to pull away.

Mike Giordano made three saves and Nick Foote had two for Post.

Post had a 65-15 shots advantage over Grand Canyon (0-3). Hofstra 10, Sacred Heart 6: Steve Serling had three goals and four assists to lead Hofstra over host Sacred Heart, the Pride's second straight win to open the season. Stephen Bentz added three goals and an assist, and Andrew Gvozden made seven saves. Matt King scored twice for Sacred Heart (0-1). Hofstra is ranked ninth in Division I.

Mars Hill 15, Molloy 5: Tyler Farmer had six goals and Eric Benesch had four goals and three assists to lead host Mars Hill (2-0). Brandon Peyer scored two goals, and Steven Genovese and Kenny Lutz each had a goal and an assist for Molloy (0-1).

St. John's 16, Holy Cross 11:St. John's had an impressive offensive display against Holy Cross in the opener for both teams at Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. Nine players scored points for the Red Storm and four players scored multiple goals. St. John's was led by freshman Kevin Cernuto who tallied four goals and three assists. Fellow attacker Harry Kutner also had four goals and Kieran McArdle had three goals and one assist. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Lowman tied his career high with 16 saves. Sophomore Jordan Rothman helped spark several Red Storm scoring runs by winning 17 of 26 faceoffs. St. John's will host Yale Saturday in the Red Storm's home opener at 1 p.m.

Johns Hopkins 10, Towson 6:Kyle Wharton scored three goals for 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins in the opener for both teams. Carl Iacona of Massapequa gave host Towson a 4-3 lead when he scored his first goal of the game. For Iacona, it marked the eighth straight game in which he scored a goal. Peter Mezzanotte of West Islip had four ground balls for Towson.

Virginia 12, Drexel 9: Chris Bocklet tallied four goals and Huntington Station's Shamel Bratton added a hat trick for host Virginia, the top-ranked team in the nation, in the opener for both teams. Bratton's three goals give him 72 career scores, moving him into eighth in program history among midfielders. Back-to-back scores by Bocklet and Rhamel Bratton, Shamel's brother, staked Virginiia to a 5-2 advantage at 8:12 in the second period. Drexel scored the next three goals to even the game at 5 with 12:40 left in the third quarter. Virginia and Drexel traded goals until the game was knotted at 9. Drexel's Scott Perri scored his third goal on a Kyle Bergman pass with 11:01 left to bring the Dragons even. Shamel Bratton and Bocklet took over the rest of the fourth quarter to give Virginia the lead for good. Shamel Bratton scored his second and third goals of the evening and Bocklet capped the night on a Rob Emery pass with 2:54 left, giving Virginia its final margin.

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