March 20, 2013

Sileo Sets Assist Mark In LIU Post Victory

from staff reports

Only a junior, LIU Post attacker Jackie Sileo now owns the NCAA Division II record for assists (210), with the balance of this season and next remaining to separate from the pack.
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BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Junior attacker Jackie Sileo totaled 10 points, scoring four goals and adding six assists, as she not only led the top-ranked LIU Post women's lacrosse team to a 16-13 victory over No. 8 Dowling College, but also set a new NCAA Division II career assists mark.

Sileo's record-breaker came midway through the first half as she broke the previous mark of 204, held by former Adelphi player Claire Peterson (2010-11), the overall NCAA assists leader now at Division I Stony Brook.

Sileo added five more assists to push her career total to 210. 

The Pioneers remain perfect on the season with a 6-0 mark and stake a 1-0 record in the East Coast Conference, dealing Dowling its first loss as it goes to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in conference action.

Senior attacker Abbie Ross led the Pioneers with five goals, tying Dowling's Jackie Andersen for the game-high mark. Sileo and senior Ashley Olen  both scored four goals, while a trio of sophomores, Morgan Chiarenza, Katie Rotan and Samantha Losco each tallied a goal.

The Golden Lions grabbed an early lead with Andersen's first marker of the afternoon at 29:07, but the Pioneers scored the equalizer at 25:20 as Sileo took a Rotan assist and converted for her first of the afternoon.

Dowling's Samantha Stavish and Kelly Cefalu scored at 22:44 and 17:22 respectively, but the Pioneers got rolling to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage with four straight goals. The teams traded scores for the remainder of the period as the Pioneers held an 8-6 lead at halftime.

The back and forth scoring continued in the second half as Olen and Ross sandwiched another Andersen goal, but at 20:29, Jerilynn Goodfellow scored for the Golden Lions to spark a 4-0 spurt that put the Golden Lions ahead, 11-10, with 17:18 to play. But the Pioneers refocused and a save by senior Dominique Mosca was quickly pushed up field and Olen ripped home a shot at 13:32, followed quickly by another Ross goal at 11:57 that put the Pioneers back on top, 12-11.

Dowling's DiFede tied it again at 11:12, but the Pioneers took the lead on two Olen goals in a twenty second span, and the Pioneers would remain in control for the rest of the contest.
The Pioneers led in most categories for the afternoon, winning the ground ball battle 18-15 and outshooting the Golden Lions 32-25, while holding a 17-14 advantage in draw controls. They were successful on 11-of-13 clear attempts.

Mosca made seven saves in her return to action after missing two games with an injury, while counterpart Tina Fey made 11 saves and allowed 16 goals. Andersen tied Sileo for game-high points as she registered 10 on five goals and five assists.

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