C.W. Post Downs Rival Adelphi in NCAA Tournament
from press release
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Senior Nan Mayott (Islip, N.Y.) and junior Ashley Olen (East Islip, N.Y.) each registered a game-high seven points to lead the third-seeded and fifth-ranked C.W. Post women's lacrosse team to a 14-11 victory over the second-seeded and top ranked Adelphi University Panthers on Saturday afternoon in NCAA First Round action.
The win improves the Pioneers record to 15-3 overall, and advances them to the NCAA semifinal contest against LeMoyne on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. It marks the fourth trip to the Final Four in the last five years for the Pioneers.
Olen, who scored five goals in the contest, set a new single-season record for the Pioneers in the process, with 69 tallies in 2012.
Devan Crimi gave Adelphi a 1-0 lead to start the game with a goal at 27:11. But Lauren Spagnoletta (4g, 1a) scored two straight goals to give the Pioneers a lead at 20:08. Erica Devito tied the score for Adelhpi at 19:38, but Olen scored her first of the day to give the Pioneers the lead at 16:46.
Adelphi scoed three straight, including two by Meg Brown, to take a 5-3 lead. The Pioneers Jackie Sileo (Wantagh, N.Y.), who was closely defended the entire contest, broke free and scored unassisted at 7:05 to pull the Pioneers to within a goal, but Crimi quickly answered with her second goal of the game at 6:10 to keep the lead at two goals. Just like the last meeting between the two, the Pioneers rallied right before halftime with two goals, one from Spagnoletta and one from Olen, to tie the score 6-6 at halftime.
A 4-0 run to start the second quarter gave the Pioneers a 10-6 lead with 24:23 to play. Adelphi was resilient, scoring two straight to keep the game close, but The Pioneers posted a 3-1 run with Olen scoring two of the three, breaking the old scoring record of 67 in the process.
Although Adelphi's Brown scored twice with under seven minutes to play, the Pioneers maintained possession from the 4:56 mark on, and scored an insurance goal with 1:57 to play to ice the victory and send the Pioneers to a semifinal date with LeMoyne.
Olen's five goals matched Brown for the game-high mark. Spagnoletta added four goals and Mayott scored two while registering a season-high five assists. Goalkeeper Dominique Mosca (Merrick, N.Y.) came up big once again with six saves to improve to 15-3 on the season.
For the Panthers, Brown led with five goals, while Devito and Crimi each scored twice. Jordann Dempsey made 10 saves in goal.