#5 C.W. Post Turns Back #7 Stonehill, 15-13

Junior All-American Kelsey Reilly posted three goals and an assist with eight draw controls on Saturday. (PHOTO BY Shane Bufano)

Ross nets six goals, Sileo nine points, to pace Pioneers win

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (April 21, 2012) – LIU-C.W. Post, ranked fifth in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, scored three goals in the final 4:14 to answer a rally by seventh-ranked Stonehill College and claim a 15-13 triumph in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Hickox Field today.

Junior Abbie Ross (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point) netted a game-high six goals, while sophomore Jackie Sileo (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) totaled a game-high nine points with two goals and seven assists to lead C.W. Post to the win. The duo combined on two of the Pioneers final three goals that clinched the win. Ross also caused two turnovers, while Sileo totaled three ground balls.

Senior Lauren Spagnoletta (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) contributed a goal and two assists, with four draw controls for C.W. Post. Sophomore Katie Rotan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) registered two goals, five draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover, while classmate Samantha Losco (Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppauge) chipped in with two assists.

Junior Dominique Mosca (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) preserved the win with seven saves, while also contributing three ground balls and a caused turnover. C.W. Post finished with a 33-24 advantage for shots, including 25-20 on goal. The Pioneers forced 17 Stonehill turnovers, while committing just nine themselves, resulting in the Skyhawks converting 11-of-15 clear attempts, compared to 14-of-15 for the Pioneers. Freshman Ashley Armstrong (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) posted ten saves in net for Stonehill.

Senior All-American Samantha Lynott totaled four goals and an assist for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Senior All-American Samantha Lynott (Holbrook, N.Y./East Sachem) led Stonehill with four goals and an assist for five points. Junior All-American Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) added three goals and an assist for four points with eight draw controls. Junior Heather Sullivan (Andover, Mass./Andover) posted two goals and an assist, while classmate Kayla Green (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) finished with two goals and two ground balls.

Stonehill trailed by four at halftime and after goals from Rotan and Ross, both set up by Sileo, over the opening 5:12 of the second half to put C.W. Post up six (10-6). Reilly sparked a three goal Skyhawks run with a goal and assist to cut their deficit in half with 22:31 remaining.

Ross sandwiched a pair of goals around a Lynott marker to put C.W. Post up 12-8 with 16:45 to play. Stonehill scored the next five goals to take its first lead since netting the opening goal of the contest with a Green marker with 8:11 remaining. She had two goals during that stretch, while Reilly, Lynott and Sullivan also contributed goals. Sullivan's 45th goal of the year knotted the score with 9:10 to play.

C.W. Post answered as Ross tied the match, assisted by Sileo, with 4:14 remaining and then converted another Sileo pass to put the Pioneers back in front (14-13) with 2:53 to play. Senior Nan Mayott (Islip, N.Y./Islip) sealed the win with an unassisted goal with 58-seconds left.

Reilly put Stonehill up early with a goal, assisted by senior All-American Sarah Galligan (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional), 1:11 into the contest. C.W. Post followed with the next five goals, two from Sileo, also adding an assist, while Spagnoletta contributed a goal and assist during that stretch.

Lynott scored a goal and set up Sullivan's first goal of the game to pull within 5-3 with 10:02 left in the half. C.W. Post scored three of the last four goals in the half, two from junior Ashley Olen (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), to take an 8-4 halftime lead.

Stonehill (11-3, 9-1 NE-10) is right back in action on Sunday when it faces 15th-ranked Queens (N.Y.) College here at Hickox Field at 11:30 a.m. The Skyhawks return home next Tuesday to host Assumption College for an NE-10 matchup on Senior Night at 7 p.m. C.W. Post (12-1, 6-0 ECC) visits West Chester University on Tuesday at 4 p.m.