March 5, 2014

Top-Ranked LIU Post Explodes, Rolls Le Moyne

from press release

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - Tied 1-1 early in the first half, the top-ranked LIU Post women's lacrosse team scored 11 unanswered goals, and coasted to a 13-5 victory against No. 4 Le Moyne Wednesday at Hickox Field in Brookville, N.Y.

Freshman attacker Stefani Vagelatos (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Cara Douglas (West Islip, N.Y.) each netted three tallies in the 11-goal run. Senior attacker Morgan Chiarenza (Nesconset, N.Y.) added two markers and one assist, while fellow senior attacker Jackie Sileo (Wantagh, N.Y.) dished out four helpers.

Le Moyne (1-1) came on strong late, notching four of the last five goals, but it was too little, too late. Junior attackers Catie McKay (Penfield, N.Y.) and Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) bookended the spurt with unassisted goals.

Sileo totaled a game-high five points (1 G, 4 A) in the contest. Chiarenza had four points (3 G, 1 A). Vagelatos and Douglas both notched hat tricks. Senior midfielder Katie Rotan (West Islip, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists for a three-point effort. Freshman midfielder Connor Bird (Syosset, N.Y.) won four draw controls.

In the cage, senior goalie Katie Hannan (Gansevoort, N.Y.) made a game-best 14 saves for LIU Post (2-0). Her counterpart, Christina Humbert (Webster, N.Y.), recorded six stops for Le Moyne.

Overall, the Pioneers and Dolphins attempted 23 shots apiece. Le Moyne also held a 14-11 edge in ground balls, while LIU Post, which was 14-of-17 (82.3 percent) on clears, won the draw battle by an 11-9 count.

Head Coach Meghan McNamara and her squad return to action Saturday (Mar. 8), when they round out a season-opening three-game homestand versus Southern New Hampshire. The opening draw is set for 1:30 p.m.

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