BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Senior Nan Mayott and junior Ashley Olen each registered a game-high seven points to lead the third-seeded and fifth-ranked C.W. Post to a 14-11 victory against second-seeded and top ranked Adelphi on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
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The win improves the Pioneers record to 15-3 overall, and advances them to the NCAA semifinal contest against LeMoyne on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky. It marks the fourth trip to the national semifinals in the past five years for the Pioneers.
Olen, who scored five goals in the contest, set a single-season record for the Pioneers with 69 tallies so far this season.
Devan Crimi gave Adelphi a 1-0 lead at 27:11. But Lauren Spagnoletta (4g, 1a) scored two unanswered goals to give the Pioneers the lead at 20:08. Erica Devito tied the score for Adelhpi at 19:38, but Olen scored her first of the day to give the Pioneers the lead at 16:46.
Adelphi scoed three unanswered, including two by Meg Brown, to take a 5-3 lead. The Pioneers Jackie Sileo who was closely defended the entire contest, broke free and scored unassisted at 7:05 to pull the Pioneers to within a goal, but Crimi quickly answered with her second goal of the game at 6:10 to keep the lead at two goals. Just like the last meeting between these two teams, the Pioneers rallied right before halftime with two goals, one from Spagnoletta and one from Olen, to tie the score at six at halftime.
A 4-0 run to start the second quarter gave the Pioneers a 10-6 lead with 24:23 to play. Adelphi was resilient, scoring two unanswered to keep the game close, but the Pioneers posted a 3-1 run with Olen scoring two of the three.
Although Adelphi’s Brown scored twice with under seven minutes to play, the Pioneers maintained possession from the 4:56 mark on, and scored an insurance goal with 1:57 to play to ice the victory and send the Pioneers to a semifinal date with LeMoyne.
Olen’s five goals matched Brown for the game high. Spagnoletta added four goals and Mayott scored two while registering a season-high five assists. Goalkeeper Dominique Mosca came up big once again with six saves to improve to 15-3 on the season.
For the Panthers, Brown led with five goals, while Devito and Crimi each scored twice. Jordann Dempsey made 10 saves in goal.