Second-half run propels Stonehill
Skyhawks gets first win vs. C.W. Post since 2005
EASTON, Mass. – Stonehill, ranked fifth in the country, captured its biggest win of the season with an 11-9 victory on Saturday against visiting No. 6 C.W. Post. This was the first time since 2005 that Stonehill defeated C.W. Post. The Skyhawks improve to 12-1 overall while the Pioneers fall to 9-2.
Sam Lynott led all scorers with four goals, netting three of them in the second half to help Stonehill pull away from a halftime tie and hold the lead throughout the final 30 minutes. Hannah Anderson and Kelsey Shannahan added two goals apiece, and Emily Kerwin had a career day on defense with five caused turnovers and seven ground balls, both career highs, to lead the Skyhawks. Goalkeeper Rebecca Moore made six saves to earn the decision in net, including three on free-position attempts to shut out the Pioneers from the eight-meter circle.
Jackie Sileo led the Pioneers with three goals and two assists, and Lauren Spagnoletta picked up three points and a game-high five draw controls, as C.W. Post dominated with a 17-5 advantage off the draw to force Stonehill to fight for possession early. Goalie Dominique Mosca stopped 12 shots.
Facing an early 2-0 deficit after a goal and an assist from Sileo, Stonehill responded with three straight scores from Lynott, Anderson, and Heather Sullivan for a one-goal advantage, but neither side established control of a fiercely contested first half in which there was four lead changes. Lynott forced a turnover near midfield with a minute to go to help set up a go-ahead goal by Sarah Galligan, but Morgan Chiarenza answered with a goal for the Pioneers with just four seconds left in the half to send the game into the break knotted at 5-5.
Stonehill turned up the tempo immediately in the second half as Lynott scored directly off the opening draw, and the Skyhawks scored six of the first seven goals to pull away for good. Kerwin and Devin O’Leary anchored the defensive effort, combining to force five of C.W. Post’s eight second-half turnovers, and Kerwin twice absorbed a charge from Spagnoletta to stifle late scoring chances for the Pioneers.
After Shannahan converted a free-position shot to give Stonehill an 11-6 lead midway through the half, C.W. Post rallied for three late goals to pull within 11-9 with 2:48 remaining, but the Skyhawks controlled the ball over the final minutes to lock up the victory.