By Thomas Scavetta
Coming off a remarkable season where they captured their fourth National championship, LIU Post women’s Lacrosse looks to get back to work as the two-time defending NCAA Division II National champions, behind the lights of senior attacker, Jackie Sileo. Sileo has been honored as Pre-season Offensive Player of the Year after putting on a show and scoring a sensational 178 points; consisting of 61 goals and 117 assists as a junior. The Pioneers hope to take advantage of her leadership as they begin the quest for another title.
Following a 20-0 season, the Pioneers are well aware of their outstanding potential and high expectations of a three-peat. Although they’re ranked the number one team in the nation, the Pioneers cannot get too ahead of themselves and give other teams any daylight. They need to put the puzzle together one piece at a time. With a cohesive group and a number of returning core players, the Pioneers look to be in the driver’s seat heading into the season.
Led by head coach Meghan McNamara, the Pioneers continue to develop strong bonds and establish good fundamentals. McNamara also has two newly acquired assistants Alyssa Kildare and Dominique Mosca. Kildare was a big standout when she played lacrosse in college for four years at Johns Hopkins University, where she was an excellent defensive force. Mosca was a phenomenal goalkeeper when she played for the Pioneers and helped them achieve two National championships in 2012 and 2013. The Pioneers are so experienced in championship play that it’s nearly impossible to not declare them as favorites.
Looking ahead, the Pioneers will open the book of 2014 when they host Bloomsburg on March 1, in a non-league battle at Hickox field in Brookville, N.Y. at 2 p.m.