No. 1 LIU Post routs No. 5 West Chester to remain undefeated this season
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- In a rematch of last year's NCAA Championship game, top-ranked LIU Post took on No. 5 West Chester and came away with a convincing 17-8 victory.
The Pioneers remained perfect at 12-0 on the season, while West Chester dropped its second game in a row and stands at 10-2 on the season.
Junior Jackie Sileo totaled 11 points on nine assists and two goals, as she set yet another career mark this season, establishing a new record for points scored with 347, breaking the old mark set by Trish Moran (2001-04). Senior Dominique Mosca also rose to the occasion with 13 saves, while senior Ashley Olen added five goals, and senior Abbie Ross and junior Katie Rotan both added four goals apiece.
Junior Samantha Losco opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 28:23, followed by Ross' first of the afternoon off a Sileo feed at 23:43. West Chester's Tori Dugan circled in from behind the net to beat Mosca at 20:34 and get the Golden Rams on the board, but the Pioneers rattled off another pair of goals by Rotan and Ross (both from Sileo passes) to take a 4-1 lead.
The Golden Rams scored on Sarah Dennison's free position at 15:41, but another two LIU Post goals by Sileo on a free position and by Rotan put the Pioneers ahead 6-1.
The teams traded goals, but a three-goal spurt by Olen to close out the half gave LIU Post a 10-4 lead at halftime.
The Golden Rams never seriously threatened in the second half, cutting the lead to five (11-6) after Dennison's second goal of the game, but the Pioneers kept things well in hand by pouring on the offense, scoring three consecutive goals to extend the lead to 14-6 with 12:21 to play. They maintained control the rest of the way despite a shot count that was relatively even (LIUP 30, WCU 28).
Mosca's 13 saves were a difference-maker as she made eight in the second half alone to keep West Chester at bay. The Pioneers also won both the ground ball battle (23-17) as well as the draw control game (16-11).
For West Chester, Hanna Cowan registered a hat trick, while Lauren Glassey and Dennison each added two goals apiece.