Top 10 Roundup
Margiotta has hat trick for LIU Post; Otis scores for Merrimack
No. 5 LIU Post 5, Adelphi 0
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Sophomore forward Keliann Margiotta registered her first hat trick of the season as she and LIU Post field rolled past Northeast-10 foe Adelphi by a score of 5-0 Thursday afternoon.
Also picking up an assist in the game, Margiotta dribbled to the right flank and made a quick pass across the front of the net to a wide open Carlee Dragon who tapped the ball into the net for the first score of the game after just 16 seconds had passed. With the assist, Margiotta set a new single-season assist record as it was her 13th of the season.
Margiotta doubled the score for the Pioneers (13-0, 7-0 NE-10) in the 11th minute when she came up with the ball after a scramble in front of the net.
The Pioneers led the Panthers (6-7, 1-4 NE-10) 2-0 after the first half of play.
Margiotta added another two goals in the second half, the first coming off a helper from junior forward Lyn-Marie Wilson just under six minutes into the second half. Less than nine minutes later, Margiotta found the back of the net again. This time junior defender Taylor-Bay Sutton sent a pass from the right sideline that Margiotta received right in front of the goal and tapped home for the score.
The Pioneers added their fifth and final goal off a penalty corner as graduate midfielder Dani Crouse received the first pass on the top right side of the circle and passed to her left to find Dragon at the top of the circle who drilled the shot into the goal for her second of the game.
Picking up her fifth win of the season in goal was freshman Meredith Stocklin as she made three saves in her third shutout of the season. On the other side, sophomore Kelly Serrao turned aside 14 saves.
No. 9 Merrimack 2, Assumption 1
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- All even at a goal apiece with less than 10 minutes to go, senior forward Jessica Otis ripped a stick drive on a penalty corner from the top of the circle through traffic and into the net, and that was enough to lead Merrimack to a 2-1, Northeast-10 Conference victory against Assumption on Senior Night at Martone-Mejail Field.
In a fast-paced and back-and-forth conference clash, a pair of Merrimack seniors provided all the offense the Navy and Gold would need, with senior Candace Waldie notching her team-leading 15th strike of the year in the first half before Otis won it with her blast in the 62nd minute.
The Warriors broke a scoreless tie on Waldie's tip-in goal after a feed from sophomore Katrina Squeri at 24:22, but visiting Assumption tied it up on a late first-half strike in the 34th minute, sending both sides into the break evened up at 1-1.
The Greyhounds came out flying to start the second stanza, but sophomore Madison Davis enjoyed one of her finest performances of the fall, turning aside seven of the visitors' shots on target while benefitting from a huge defensive save from senior Sarah Dunbar to limit Assumption to the one goal.
Finally, after both sides traded scoring chances through the majority of the final 35 minutes, Merrimack was awarded its second penalty corner of the game -- and first since the first half -- with less than nine minutes to go. Sophomore Christine Zubkus sent the insert feed to Otis at the top of the circle, and she wound and fired and beat Assumption keeper Heather Philbrick (three saves) for the game winner.