April 2, 2014

LIU Post's Sileo Sets NCAA Scoring Record

from press release

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. - On Wednesday, senior attacker Jackie Sileo (Wantagh, N.Y.) became the NCAA's all-time leading point-getter across all divisions, as the No. 1 LIU Post women's lacrosse team downed East Coast Conference arch-rival Dowling, 14-9, at Golden Lions Field in Brookhaven, N.Y.

She led all players with eight points, off four goals and four assists. That output boosted her career scoring total to 505 points, which is four better than the former record-holder Ashley Hansbury, who accumulated 500 poiints at Division III Curry College from 2008-11. Earlier in the season, Sileo surpassed U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Famer and University of Maryland alumnus Jen Adams's Division I point total of 445.

The Pioneers (11-0, 4-0 ECC) trailed 4-3 more than halfway into the opening stanza, until they rattled off three unanswered goals in the final 12:37 to take a 6-4 lead into the break. Senior attacker/midfielder Samantha Losco (Smithtown, N.Y.) netted the equalizer on an unassisted effort. Sileo accounted for the other two tallies, the latter of which was the record breaker.

In the second 30-minute session, LIU Post opened things up with a 6-1 run over a seven-minute stretch to widen its advantage to 11-5 at the 18:43 mark. Losco and freshman attacker Stefani Vagelatos (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) each tallied a pair of goals in the burst. Sileo and senior midfielder Katie Rotan (West Islip, N.Y.) bookended it with a marker apiece.

Both squads would exchange goals the rest of the way, as the visitors secured their 34th-consecutive victory. The Pioneers' last loss occurred on May 5, 2012 in a 10-9 loss to the Golden Lions (7-3, 5-1 ECC).

Losco and Vagelatos both finished with three goals. Rotan registered six ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers, in addition to collecting two points (1 G, 1 A). Junior defender Kali Maxwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had seven caused turnovers, six ground balls and four draws. Senior defender Melissa Rohr (Bethpage, N.Y.) and junior defender Emily Hanifan (Hicksville, N.Y.) credited four ground balls to their names.

In the cage, senior goalie Katie Hannan (Gansevoort, N.Y.) made seven saves for LIU Post. Graduate goaltender Tina Fey (Kings Park, N.Y.) stopped 11 shots for Dowling.

Overall, the Pioneers outshot the Golden Lions, 31-19, and owned a favorable 24-17 margin in ground balls. The hosts won the draw control battle by a 14-11 count.

Head Coach Meghan McNamara and her top-ranked LIU Post team are back in action Saturday (Apr. 5), when they kick off a three-game homestand against Molloy at Hickox Field in Brookville, N.Y. The opening draw is slated for 2 p.m.

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