By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sport Editor
On Wednesday, March 25, the No. 10 ranked women’s lacrosse team won its third straight game, knocking off Saint Anselm on 12 by a score of 11-3 in a non-conference battle at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville, N.Y.
Leading 9-3 at the half, the Pioneers came off a 7-2 run where senior midfielder Jenna Pierro scored three goals. In the latter stanza, junior defender Honey Roche and red-shirt sophomore attacker Emily Delaney, who collected a game-high five points, each added a tally to put the Hawks away for good.
LIU Post won 12-of-16 draws, nine of which were won by sophomore midfielder Connor Bird. The Green and Gold also doubled up Saint Anselm in shots and held the edge in ground balls. Defensively, Roche scooped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers in addition to her goal. Senior defender Kali Maxwell also caused two turnovers.
The Pioneers returned to action on Saturday, March 28, and won in an 18-2 rout of East Coast Conference rival Molloy College at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex.
The Pioneers kept the Lions off the scoreboard for the entire opening half. Delaney racked up all of her career-high nine points in the first 30 minutes. She finished with three goals and six assists, giving the visitors an 11-0 lead at the intermission. Sophomore midfielder Cara Douglas, Bird, and Roche all pitched in with two goals apiece in the opening session.
Molloy would respond in the early moments of the second half, scoring two straight to cut the deficit to nine, but the Pioneers went on to record seven unanswered tallies to secure the win. The visitors had seven different players find the back of the net during the run. Pierro and junior midfielder Kaitlin Gaghan each had a goal and an assist. Sophomore defender Leslie Allen wrapped up the afternoon’s scoring with her first collegiate goal.
LIU Post more than tripled their opponents in shots and won the draw control battle, 13-9. Bird totaled four pints along with five draws while Douglas and Roche each found the back of the net three times. Pierro had a three-point showing, scoring two goals and dishing out one assist. In the cage, freshman goalie Olivia Kirk made three saves. Her counterpart, Laura Vetter, collected 10 stops for the Lions.
LIU Post returned home where they knocked off the University of Findlay, 16-6, in non-conference play on Sunday, March 29, at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium.
In the first half, the hosts controlled the tempo and took a 10-3 advantage into halftime. Douglas and Roche each scored three goals in the first 30-minute session. Sophomore attacker Erin Stacho recorded two of the three first-half tallies for the Oilers.
The Green and Gold opened up the second half with goals from Douglas and Bird within the first five minutes to take a 12-3 lead. The Oilers played tough, but the Pioneers proved to be too much to handle for the guests as LIU went on to score four of the final six goals of the contest. Sophomore attacker Stefani Vagelatos iced the game with a marker with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. LIU Post held the edge in both shots and ground balls while defensively, the Pioneers converted on 16-of-18 clears and caused 24 turnovers.
Head Coach Meghan McNamara and her Pioneer squad return to the field today when they face-off against East Coast Conference rival, University of Bridgeport, in Bridgeport, Conn. The opening draw is set for 4 p.m.