Christian Arnold Assistant Sports Editor
Junior attacker Jackie Sileo tied an NCAA Division II Career assists record on Saturday, March 16, tallying her 204th assist as the Pioneers women’s lacrosse team crushed Holy Family University 22-6.
Sileo finished the game with 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists). Senior attacker/midfielder Ashley Olen scored a game-high five goals and contributed two assists. Junior midfielder Samantha Losco had four goals of her own and junior attacker Morgan Chiarenza recorded a hat trick and an assist.
The Pioneers quickly jumped on the offensive to start the game. Sileo tallied her first goal of the contest at the 26:56 mark to give Post the 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later Losco scored unassisted to give her squad the two goal advantage. Junior midfielder Marissa Lawson scored several minutes later for Holy Family to cut the Pioneer lead to one, but Losco and Sileo quickly made it 4-1 with back-to-back goals. Chiarenza scored a goal at 16:54 to make it 5-1.
Junior attacker Brigit LaRose scored for Holy Family to make it 5-2 with 16:13 left in the first half, but the Pioneers added three more goals to extend their lead.
Holy Family scored two more goals in the half, but the Pioneers added another six goals of their own before halftime to take a commanding 14-4 lead over their opponent.
The second half was the same kind of game for the Pioneers. An early goal by senior attacker Ashley Olen began another offensive surge for LIU Post. The Pioneers securred two more goals before Holy Family scored their first of the half at the 18:26 mark. The Pioneers recorded another four goals after that to make the score 21-5. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Pierro’s goal at the 9:22 mark was the moment Sileo recorded her record-setting assist.
Holy Family and the Pioneers each got one final goal to round out the game and reach the final score of 22-6.
LIU Post outshot Holy Family 31-12 in the contest and dominated the draw controls 19-10.
The win helped preserve the Pioneers perfect record through their first five games of the season. To date they’ve defeated Saint Anselm College, Philadelphia University, Southern New Hampshire and the University of New Haven.
They will play their first East Coast Conference game of the year today when they host Dowling College at 4 p.m.