C.W. Post grabs national title
Sileo named tournament's Most Outstanding Player
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sophomore attacker Jackie Sileo set a NCAA Division II championships record with a game-high nine points as fifth-ranked C.W. Post defeated No. 7 West Chester, 17-16, for the 2012 Division II National Championship, at Owlsey B. Frazier Stadium at Bellarmine University.
Sileo was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, joining teammates senior Nan Mayott, senior Lauren Spagnoletta, senior Chelsea Donaldson and junior Ashley Olen , all of whom were named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament team.
In a game that featured two programs with a storied history against each other in NCAA competition, the championship game did not disappoint, as the Pioneers jumped out to an early lead, then held off a furious comeback attempt by the Golden Rams to earn the victory. The Pioneers are just the second program in DII history to win three national championships.
West Chester grabbed an early lead as Tori Dugan scored the first of her five goals on the afternoon at 29:17.
Mayott scored at 26:48 to give the Pioneers the equalizer, then quickly struck again with unassisted goals at 25:32 and 22:24 to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead.
Sileo dished her first assist of the day as she connected with Katie Rotan at 17:41. Sileo then scored her first of the afternoon at 16:39, followed by Mayott's free position goal and an unassisted tally by Spagnoletta at 13:06 to cap the seven goal run and give the Pioneers a 7-1 lead.
MacKenzie O'Keefe's free position goal would break the seventeen-minute scoring drought for the Golden Rams, and Dugan struck again at 11:08 to make it a 7-3 game.
Junior Abbie Ross scored on an assist from sophomore Samantha Losco at 9:53 to give the Pioneers a five goal cushion, but Lauren Glassey and Jamie Dolan scored back-to-back at 9:09 and 7:46 to make it an 8-5 contest. Sileo scored at 5:36, Glassey countered at 4:12, then Sileo struck again at 2:46 to give the Pioneers a 10-6 edge. Theresa Giunta scored on a free position at 1:04, but Sileo scored yet again with 15 seconds remaining in the half to give the Pioneers an 11-7 lead heading into halftime.
Dolan scored on a free position at 25:16 to open the second half scoring. Spagnoletta's unassisted goal at 22:43 made it a four-goal lead, but back-to-back Golden Ram goals cut the lead down to two, 12-10. The Pioneer responded as Sileo connected with Olen for two straight goals at 18:49 and 15:54 to push the lead back to four, 14-10.
Following another Dugan goal, Spagnoletta and Sileo scored within a one-minute span to make it a 16-11, five goal lead for the Pioneers with just over ten minutes to play.
But it was clear that West Chester was going to put up a valiant fight, as they Golden Rams mounted a four-goal comeback effort that spanned from 9:42 until Sileo finally broke the scoreless drought for the Pioneers with an unassisted goal at 3:45 to make it a 17-15 game. The Pioneers won the ensuing draw, but a turnover gave West Chester another chance on the offensive end, and they converted, making it a one-goal lead with :17 remaining on the clock. But the Pioneers came up big and controlled the draw as they ran out the clock to win their third National Championship in program history.
Junior goalkeeper Dominique Mosca made eight saves, including several key stops down the stretch. Jess Henderson made 11 saves for West Chester.
Offensively, Sileo was the leader for C.W. Post, with six goals and three assists. Mayott scored four goals, Spagnoletta finished with a hat trick, and Olen added two goals and two helpers.
For West Chester, Dugan's five goals paced the Golden Rams. Dolan and Glassey registered hat tricks, while O'Keefe added two goals and an assist.
The game was an extremely even affair on the stat sheet, as C.W. Post took 30 shots to 29 for West Chester. WCU won 19 draw controls to the Pioneers' 16, and ground balls went to C.W. Post by a 13-11 margin. Free position shots were the main advantage for the Golden Rams as they were able to convert 8-of-15 attempts, compared to only 4-of-5 for C.W. Post. Turnovers were also relatively even, with 13 for WCU and 12 for CWP.
C.W. Post ends its season with a 17-3 record, tying the program record for wins in a season. West Chester wraps up its season with a 16-4 slate.