Lions suffer first loss

The men’s soccer team (4-1) grabbed two wins early in the week before ending on a tough loss to No. 1 ranked York College of Pennsylvania.

In the first game, the Lions rolled past C.W. Post 5-1.

Freshman midfielder Mike Razzoli added to his surging offensive numbers with two goals, including the tiebreaker.

“Just to score for the team and put us ahead was great,” Razzoli said. “We are going to keep working hard this season and it will continue to keep showing.”

Sophomore Kevin Luber tallied two assists during the game. The first was on a goal by senior forward Nicholas Kiel to tie the game early, and the other occurred on a goal by senior defender Frank Fiorilli.

Senior forward Nima Rahimi also snagged a goal for himself, assisted by senior defender Charlie Heydt.

“(C.W. Post) is a good team and winning that game was an important victory for us,” Rahimi said.

In the second game of the week, the Lions added another tally to their win column, edging out Christopher Newport University 4-3 in the first round of the Captain’s Classic tournament.

Heydt scored the decisive goal for the Lions and had one assist.

“This game was back and forth a lot,” Heydt said. “We went up 4-2 in the second half but never really had the game wrapped up until the end. I technically got the winning goal, but it was an overall team effort with three different goal scorers.”

One of those goals scorers was Rahimi, who added his team-high third and fourth goals in the first half to give the Lions an early 3-1 lead.

Senior midfielder Craig Langan also netted one for the Lions.

The Lions had their four-game winning streak snapped by York College in the third game of the week as they were blanked 3-0 in the second round of the Captain’s Classic.

With the win, the No. 1 ranked Spartans improved their win streak to 44 consecutive games.

The Lions fought the resilient Spartans hard through the first half, which ended in a scoreless tie, but the Spartans added three goals in the second half to make the win final.

“This was an early test for us,” Heydt said. “We had our chances and they had theirs, and then it was just a hectic few minutes when they scored their three goals in the second half.”

Many of Heydt’s teammates agreed with his statement.

“Losing to York was tough,” Rahimi said. “They were a talented opponent, but we took some positives out of the game, and we will use those to try and bounce back against (Stevens Institute of Technology).”

The Lions will play at home today against Stevens at 3 p.m. before traveling to Ramapo College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.