LIU Post freshman Patricia Dun came through with a game-tying double on May 2. (Photo courtesy LIU Post Athletics Department)

LIU Post Pioneers’ athletes continue to make their mark as this sports season winds down.

“We have definitely had a lot of success this spring,” said Casey Schermick, director of athletic media relations at LIU Post.

On May 2, LIU Post women’s softball team—the No. 1 seed—came from behind to beat the No. 4 seed, University of Bridgeport, in the opening round of the East Coast Conference  Championship. The Pioneers were down two runs to none until they scored four in the fifth inning and held off the Purple Knights’ late-game charge to win 4-3.

Now in the winners’ bracket, the Green and Gold will face the No. 2 seed, Mercy College, at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, when the Pioneers host the finals at the LIU Post Softball Complex.

The top-seeded LIU Post women’s lacrosse team heads into the East Coast Conference Championship with an unblemished 8-0 record. Senior goalkeeper Olivia Kirk was named the ECC women’s lacrosse Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight year and lacrosse head coach Meghan McNamara was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time since she took over the Pioneers’ program in in 2008. Nine players have been named to the All-East Coast Conference squad.

The Pioneer women, who have won their last 24 ECC contests dating back to 2016, are hoping for their fourth consecutive conference title. Their athletic prowess will be put to the test on the afternoon of May 3 when the Green and Gold face Molloy College’s fourth-seeded team at  3 p.m. in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium. Fans who can’t make the game but want to catch it while they still can could follow the action on the ECC Network along with live stats at www.liupostpioneers.com.

The women’s lacrosse finals are slated for May 5th at President’s Stadium on the New York Institute of Technology’s campus nearby in Old Westbury.

After trouncing the Mercy College Mavericks 19-7 on May 2, the LIU Post men’s lacrosse team plays the East Coast Conference title game against the NYIT Bears, the No. 1 seed, on May 5 at President’s Stadium on NYIT. The 3 p.m. showdown is being billed as the Battle of the Boulevard since the neighboring campus’s sports facility is practically right next door.

Freshman William Snelders was named the East Coast Conference men’s lacrosse Rookie of the Year. He’ll lead a group of eight Pioneers named to the All-East Conference team. Snelders has scored in all 14 games this season, and had four or more goals in six of them.

The LIU Post baseball team finishes the regular season this weekend against St. Thomas Aquinas College on the road at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, New York, at 3:30 p.m. on May 4. The Green and Gold are 25-17 overall, and 13-7 in conference.

For more information and the latest results, go to the LIU Post Pioneers site.