Sileo tops DII assists record, collects 10 points as LIU Post outlasts Dowling 16-13
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Junior attacker Jackie Sileo totaled 10 points, scoring four goals and adding eight assists, as she led top-ranked LIU Post to a 16-13 victory against No. 8 Dowling and set an NCAA Division II career assists mark.
Sileo's record-breaker came midway through the first half as she broke the previous mark of 204, held by former Adelphi player Claire Peterson (2010-11).
The Pioneers remain perfect on the season with a 6-0 mark and stake a 1-0 record in the East Coast Conference, dealing Dowling its first loss as it goes to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in conference action.
Senior attacker Abbie Ross led the Pioneers with five goals, tying Dowling's Jackie Andersen for the game-high mark. Sileo and senior Ashley Olen both scored four goals, while a trio of sophomores, Morgan Chiarenza, Katie Rotan and Samantha Losco each tallied a goal.
The Golden Lions grabbed an early lead with Andersen's first score at 29:07, but the Pioneers scored the equalizer at 25:20 as Sileo took a Rotan assist and converted for her first goal.
Dowling's Samantha Stavish and Kelly Cefalu scored at 22:44 and 17:22 respectively, but the Pioneers turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage with four consecutive goals. The teams traded scores for the remainder of the period as the Pioneers held an 8-6 lead at halftime.
The back-and-forth scoring continued in the second half as Olen and Ross sandwiched another Andersen goal, but at 20:29, Jerilynn Goodfellow scored for the Golden Lions to spark a 4-0 spurt that put the them ahead 11-10 with 17:18 to play. The Pioneers refocused and a save by senior Dominique Mosca was quickly pushed up field and Olen ripped home a shot at 13:32, followed quickly by another Ross goal at 11:57 that put the Pioneers back on top 12-11.
Dowling's DiFede tied it again at 11:12, but the Pioneers took the lead on two Olen goals in a 20-second span, and the Pioneers remained in control for the rest of the contest.
The Pioneers led in most categories for the afternoon, winning the ground ball battle 18-15 and outshooting the Golden Lions 32-25, while holding a 17-14 advantage in draw controls. They were successful on 11 of 13 clear attempts.
Mosca made seven saves in her return to action after missing two games with an injury, while counterpart Tina Fey made 11 saves and allowed 16 goals. Andersen tied Sileo for game-high points as she registered 10 on five goals and five assists.