April 20, 2013

LIU Post Closing in on Perfect Regular Season

from press release

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Senior attacker Ashley Olen (East Islip, N.Y.) scored a game-high five goals while juniors Katie Rotan (West Islip, N.Y.) and Samantha Losco (Smithtown, N.Y.) added four and three goals, respectively, to lead to top-ranked LIU Post women's lacrosse team to a 17-4 victory over East Coast Conference foe Queens College on Saturday afternoon at Hickox Field.

The Pioneers remain perfect at 13-0 on the season with a 4-0 mark in conference action, while Queens dips to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in ECC play.

Olen got the scoring started with an unassisted goal at the 26:21 mark, and junior attacker Jackie Sileo(Wantagh, N.Y.) added a score of her own on an Abbie Ross (Miller Place, N.Y.) assist with 22:44 on the clock. The Knights' Kayleen Kelty cut the lead to one off a feed from Heather Rosen.

The Pioneers closed out the final 18:18 of play in the first half with six unanswered goals including two each from Losco and Rotan and one apiece from Olen and Ross.

The second half began just how the first half ended with LIU Post rattling off six straight goals. Sileo assisted Olen off the opening draw control after just 21 seconds had passed in the half. Olen and Losco each followed with unassisted tallies, then Sileo contributed with her fifth helper of the day as Rotan scored her third goal with 26:52 remaining. Olen and Sileo finished off the 12-0 run with unassisted scores.

Kelty ended the drought with her second goal of the game, at 12:26, but Rotan and freshman Emily Delaney(Long Valley, N.J.) each tacked on goals to bring the score to 16-2. Queens' Sarah Boucher added a goal at the 5:26 mark, but sophomore midfielder Jenna Pierro (Holbrook, N.Y.) sent home a free position goal with 35 ticks left on the clock. The Knights' Heather Rosen closed out the scoring with a goal with nine seconds remaining in the game.

In goal, senior Dominique Mosca (Merrick, N.Y.) totaled seven saves in earning her 11th win of the season. The Pioneers had a 33-15 shot differential and picked up 18 ground balls to 13 for the Knights. They also completed 15-15 clear attempts and won 12 draw controls, forcing 19 Mercy turnovers while committing only nine of their own.

The Pioneers are back in action tomorrow Sunday, April 21 as they host ECC foe Roberts Wesleyan College with play starting at 12 p.m.

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