DII Lacrosse: Previewing East Coast Conference women's lacrosse championship
Who: LIU Post (14-2) vs. Mercy (16-2)
When: Noon ET Saturday
Where: At Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium on the campus of LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y.
Broadcast: WatchESPN, ESPN App. The broadcast is part of the Division II Showcase. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with WatchESPN and NCAA Division II to broadcast our 2017 East Coast Conference Men's and Women's Lacrosse Championships,” said ECC Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff. “We know that this is the first time that NCAA Division II is streaming regular season competitions in these sports and the ECC is proud to help showcase DII lacrosse.”
Road to the championship: The Pioneers jumped to a commanding 12-1 lead on their home field and cruised to an easy 18-2 victory over Roberts Wesleyan Thursday afternoon. Senior attacker Alexis Newman scored five goals in the win. The Pioneers will go for their third straight ECC championship. LIU Post enters the conference championship match on a five-game winning streak.
Attacker to watch: Senior Connor Bird, who has played all four seasons at LIU Post, has scored 40 goals and has 18 assists for 48 points.
Midfielder to watch: Sophomore Ryan McKinney leads the Pioneers in goals scored with 49 and has added eight assists.
Defender to watch: Senior Cara Douglas ranks second on the team in caused turnovers with 17.
Goalkeeper to watch: Junior Olivia Kirk has allowed 98 goals for a 6.51 goals per game average. She has 106 saves for a .520 save percentage.
Coach: Meghan McNamara is in her 10th season as head coach.
Quote: “Our upperclassmen are very supportive of the younger players that keep coming in because they were them once,” McNamara said before the season started in The Pioneer, LIU Post student newspaper.
Road to the championship: Mercy outscored NYIT 4-1 in the second half to pull out a 9-7 comeback victory Thursday afternoon at NYIT. Senior Tori DiFusco scored a team-high three goals. The win over NYIT was the Mavericks first against a ranked team this season. Mercy is 10-0 in road games this season. Mercy will be looking for revenge. On April 22, NYIT came to Mercy on the Mavericks’ senior day and came away with a 16-11 victory.
Attacker to watch: Graduate student Alexa Haines leads the team in points, scoring 43 goals with 31 assists for 74 points.
WLAX wins first-ever @ECCSports Championship Semifinal game and will play at No. 1 seed LIU Post at 12 pm on Saturday in Championship Game!— Mercy Mavericks (@MercyMavericks) May 4, 2017
Midfielder to watch: Sophomore Hunter Isnardi does everything for the Mavericks. She has scored 62 goals while causing 26 turnovers. She was ECC offensive player of the week on April 17.
Defender to watch: Sophomore Talia Stagnitta leads the team in caused turnovers with 36. Stagnitta was ECC defensive player of the week on April 3.
Goalie to watch: Senior Jillian Rocco shares goalkeeping duties with junior Shianne Judson. Rocco has played well recently, earning ECC defensive player of the week on April 17. Rocco has given up 51 goals for a 5.13 goals per game average.
Coach: Dawn Anselmin is in her fifth season as head coach.