April 13, 2013

Sileo's 13 Helps No. 1 LIU Post Stave off Stonehill

from press release

EASTON, Mass. – The top-ranked LIU Post women's lacrosse team withstood a late charge from No. 11 Stonehill College, and behind a career-high 13 points from junior attacker Jackie Sileo (Wantagh, N.Y.), the Pioneers posted a 15-12 victory over the Skyhawks on Saturday morning.

The Pioneers improve to a perfect 10-0 on the season while Stonehill slides to 9-5 overall.

The visitors scored three of the game's first four goals as Morgan Chiarenza (Nesconset, N.Y.), Sileo and Abbie Ross (Miller Place, N.Y.) combined to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead. Stonehill scored back to back on Kelsey Reilly and Kayla Green markers to tie the game at 3-3, but two Pioneer goals countered the attack as Sileo assisted on Brie-Claire Drost's (Wading River, N.Y.) and Ashley Olen's (East Islip, N.Y.) markers at 16:33 and 16:21 to put the pioneers ahead 5-3.

The teams traded a pair of goals and with 10:17 left in the half, the Pioneers led 7-5. But scores from Olen at 3:21 and Sileo at 1:18 closed out the half in favor of the Pioneers, and they took a 10-6 lead into the break.

The Pioneers repeated the same patters, scoring three of the first four goals in the second half to go up 13-7 on the Skyhawks with 17:12 left in the game. Stonehill showed its muster with four straight goals – three by Heather Sullivan - to make it a close 13-11 game, but the Pioneers powered ahead with Olen's fourth of the game at 6:43, and after another Reilly score, Ross shut the door for good with her second score of the afternoon with 44 seconds left to play.

The victory was sealed by a season-high 11 saves from senior goalkeeper Dominique Mosca (Merrick, N.Y.), while counterpart Ashley Armstrong stopped 12 shots in the loss.

Game totals for the Pioneers saw Sileo's new career-high come on a game-high five goals and eight assists. Olen added four goals, Ross and Drost scored two apiece, and Chiarenza notched one goal and three assists.

Sullivan led the Skyhawks with five goals and Reilly added three.

Next up for head coach Meghan McNamara and the Pioneers is a marquee matchup with undefeated and second-ranked West Chester University on Tuesday, April 16 starting at 4 p.m.

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