By Alex Billington
Assistant Sports Editor
In the LIU Post women’s field hockey team season opener, on the back of a 6-0 thrashing of local rivals, Dowling College, the team dished up another huge defeat; this time to the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire. The contest in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday saw junior forward Keliann Margiotta follow up her three goal performance versus Dowling, with an even more impressive four goal haul, her first after just 4:46 in the first half. After Margiotta’s early goal, the Pioneers dominated, assisting the junior forward with three more chances, which she would convert.
The Green and Gold went into the break 4-0 with their opponents yet to have a shot on goal. The second half was much of the same, as sophomores Melissa Quintanilla, Lauren Adamusik, and Steph Mocerino also got in on the action, notching another three points. Despite the large score-line, the Penmen were lucky to finish the day with only a seven- goal deficit, as the Pioneers finished the contest with 38 shots, 19 on target, making it a busy afternoon for Penman goalkeepers Cassandra Nickerson and Jill Piacitelli.
Margiotta reflected on the win saying, “It was great to score four and help the team to our second win of the season.” With 13 goals in two games and two clean sheets, it looks as though the Pioneers are going to continue their success from last season, and be a force to be reckoned with in the quest for an NCAA Division II title.
When asked about the Pioneers’ thundering start to the 2014 season, Margiotta said, “We couldn’t have asked for a better start and our team is strong. We have a strong core from last season, and our recruits have improved us even more. I believe we can keep up this pace and show how much we want the [championship] title this year.”
The Pioneers are in action again on Friday, Sept. 19. Another trip up to New Hampshire will have them go toe-to-toe with Saint Anslem at 2 p.m.