No. 1 LIU Post wins back-and-forth contest against Stonehill
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Trailing 7-5 early on in the second half, No. 1 LIU Post used a 6-1 run to rally to an 11-9 victory against 15th-ranked Stonehill on Saturday.
The opening 30 minutes were a back-and-forth affair, as the two squads exchanged five tied scores and three lead changes. The Pioneers (14-0) and Skyhawks (8-5) would head into halftime in a 5-5 stalemate.
In the latter stanza, Stonehill got out to a quick start, collecting two goals over the first six-plus minutes to grab a 7-5 edge. Attacker Cassandra McGill netted the go-ahead tally, and assisted on the other.
LIU Post fired back though with three unanswered markers in a stint of 1:43 to re-gain the lead at 8-7. Three different players found the back of the cage in the spurt for the hosts. Attacker Jackie Sileo accounted for two of the helpers.
The Skyhawks' Kelsey Shannahan then evened the score (8-8) at the 18:07 mark, until another three-goal run by the green and gold put the game away for good. Midfielder Katie Rotan notched the deciding marker. Midfielder Jenna Pierro and defender/midfielder Cara Douglas chipped in key insurance tallies just 1:22 apart.
Sileo finished the contest with a seven-point effort. Rotan picked up a hat trick and caused two turnovers, while attacker/midfielder Samantha Losco had two goals and one assist. Attacker Stefani Vagelatos added a two-goal day. Douglas chipped in three ground balls and two caused turnovers, in addition to her one goal.
Defender/midfielder Honey Roche won two ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers. Midfielder Jenna Pierro accumulated four draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
Between the pipes, senior goalie Katie Hannan made six saves for LIU Post, which won the shot (20-19) and ground ball (15-11) battles. Her counterpart, Ashley Armstrong, stopped five shots for Stonehill.