By Thomas Gillen
Returning to Brookville after a six game road trip, the women’s lacrosse team honored former players Trish Moran and Jackie Sileo during Sunday’s 17-3 win against the Roberts Wesleyan College Redhawks by retiring their number 11 jersey during the halftime ceremony. Head coach Meghan McNamara said that the retiring of number 11 “meant everything. Those players are legacies just like their teammates. To honor them for their contribution was incredible and they created a great environment here.”
McNamara explained the impact Moran and Sileo both made on the lacrosse program during their time at Post. “Trish Moran helped create the mold that would define the ideal athlete in the women’s lacrosse program. Whether on the playing field or at practice, she displayed a relentless toughness and hustle that will never be forgotten. Jackie Sileo is the most decorated student-athlete in our program’s history. She is the all-time NCAA points leader not just in Division II but in all three divisions.
The 8-1 Pioneers got off to a quick start by scoring the game’s first two goals in under ten minutes. With the Pioneers controlling most of the first half, the 6-8 Red- hawks only scored once and were held to nine shots on goal. The team was led by senior elementary education major Connor Bird and freshman Alyssa Mallory, both of whom scored four goals. At the end of the first half, the Pioneers led Roberts Wesleyan by a score of 8-1.
The second half was once again dominated by the Pioneers, as they scored nine goals and spent a majority of the half on offense.
Bird tied sophomore business major Ryan McKinney for the team lead in goals with 25 and earned her team leading thirty-second point with a goal in the final three minutes of the game.
Speaking about the team’s win at the end of the game, McNamara said, “it was very nice for the team to go out and push hard, we were hungry and put the ball in the back of the net. It was nice for us to get a win today.” The Pioneers finished the game with 17 goals and improved to an 8-1 overall record and a 4-0 record in the East Coast Conference.
The Pioneers’ next game is against the Queens College Knights on Wednesday, April 12 at 4 p.m. at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville.