Junior forward Carlee Dragon and freshman forward Keliann Margiotta scored a combined six goals to lead LIU Post to a 7-3 win against Kutztown University on Friday, Septebmer 21, in a PSAC East field hockey clash at Hickox Field.
The Golden Bears scored the first goal of the game in the eighth minute when freshman forward Anna Behm chipped a shot into the lower right corner on a right cross from senior forward Emily Labowitz.
LIU Post went on to tie the game when Margiotta scored her first goal on a tip-in shot out front in the 15th minute of play. Kutztown took the lead once more in the first, this time with Behm assisting on a goal from Labowitz that was shot out front past the Pioneers charging goal¬keeper Becca May.
The Pioneers bounced back with a 5-0 run that carried into the second half, which included a pair of goals from junior forward Carlee Dragon and three goals from Margiotta to give the hosts a 6-2 lead. Pioneers sophomore forward Karina Fleming scored the game’s final goal when she gathered the ball out of a scramble and shot it into the cage.
The Pioneers outshot the Golden Bears, 25-4, and held a 16-7 advantage on penalty corners. LIU Post improves to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Kutztown slips to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the PSAC East.
Dragon now has 11 goals and five assists in seven games as an ace forward. “I have good teammates, and my team is getting me the ball out front. That’s why I’m always in good condition,” she said.
“We gathered and passed the ball very well,” said head coach Raenee Savin. She has preached high intensity and quick ball movement to the team. Those practices proved their ability.
The Pioneers next game is on the road on Friday, September 28, against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (7-2).