Sileo Leads No. 1 LIU Post to Victory over No. 4 Le Moyne

Brookville, N.Y. Reigning national player of the year Jackie Sileo recorded five points to lead top-ranked LIU Post to a 13-5 win over fourth-ranked Le Moyne on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action at Hickox Field.

The Pioneers, who have won 25 straight games, including each of the last two NCAA Division II National Championships, opened the game's scoring just 65 seconds into the contest as Morgan Chiarenza finished off a pass from Katie Rotan. Le Moyne answered back just 1:22 later as senior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) found the back of the net off a feed from junior attacker Julia Suriani (Buffalo, N.Y./West Seneca East).

LIU Post responded with six goals over a span of 12:57 to take control of the game. Stefani Vagelatos started the run at the 24:47 mark after taking a pass from Sileo. Just over two minutes later, Connor Bird tallied an unassisted goal. Vagelatos and Sileo connected for another goal with 15:22 left, while Chiarenza registered an unassisted marker with 14:16 remaining. Rotan, a first team all-American last year, found the back of the net with 12:39 to go off a feed from Sileo, while feeding Vagelatos for LIU Post's seventh goal with 11:50 remaining in the first half.

The Pioneers scored the first five goals of the second half to put the game away. Sileo tallied her fourth goal of the season 1:51 into the stanza off a pass from Chiarenza. Following eight scoreless minutes, Cara Douglas recorded an unassisted goal to make the score 9-1. She then scored another unassisted goal with 16:26 remaining. Chiarenza gave the Pioneers a 10-goal advantage with 15:30 remaining off a pass from Samantha Losco. Douglas capped the 5-0 run by finishing off a feed from Sileo with 13:10 to go.

The Dolphins closed out the game by scoring four of the last five goals. Nies snapped the team's scoring drought of 46:16 with her fourth goal of the season at the 11:17 mark after taking a pass from graduate student attacker Marley Ciferri (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca/Syracuse). With 9:00 remaining, junior attacker Catie McKay (Penfield, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) picked up the rebound after a shot was saved and dumped it into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

After Jenna Pierro scored for the Pioneers with 4:15 left, sophomore attacker Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) finished off a feed from sophomore attacker Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) for her team-best fifth goal of the year. Junior attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) completed the game's scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:03 left.

Le Moyne (1-1), which scored its fewest goals and suffered its largest margin of defeat in its four seasons at the Division II level, returns to action on Monday against Mercyhurst University at 3:00 p.m.


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