No. 3 Post Women Drop Hammer on Molloy
from press release
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - Junior Michelle Fucich (Seaford, N.Y.) set two new career records with six points and four goals while adding two assists to lead C.W. Post to its first East Coast Conference win Wednesday afternoon. Sophomores Lauren Spagnoletta (West Islip, N.Y.) and Ashley Olen (East Islip, N.Y.) each added four goals of their own to ensure a 20-5 victory for the Pioneers over Molloy College. C.W. Post improves to a perfect 8-0, 1-0 in the ECC, while the Lions fall to 8-2 overall, 1-1 in conference play.
Senior midfielder Kim Williams (Long Valley, N.J.) put the Pioneers on the board first, sparking a seven goal run as she connected with teammate Brianne Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) less than a minute and a half into play. Spagnoletta then notched her first unassisted goal of the game at the 25:13 mark to put C.W. Post up 2-0.
Senior Staci Passafiume (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) contributed her own goal to the Pioneers' explosive start as she scored off a feed from Williams with 22:01 left in the first half. Olen then scored three back-to-back goals, with two assists from Fucich, to give C.W. Post a six goal cushion with 11:15 left on the clock. Fucich banked her first goal of the afternoon as she received a pass from teammate Nan Mayott (Islip, N.Y.) less than twenty seconds later.
Senior Lori Sollitto (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored the Lions' first goal of the game with an assist from teammate Kristie Sosnowski (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) to end the Pioneers' first run of the game and cut their lead down to six with 5:54 left in the first half. Jackolski tallied her first goal of the afternoon as she capitalized on a free position shot less than 30 seconds later. Fucich then ripped a shot past Molloy goalkeeper Jackie Bove (North Massapequa, N.Y.) before Spagnoletta closed out the first half with just five seconds left off a free position attempt to give the Pioneers a comfortable 10-1 lead at the half.
Molloy midfielder Christie Roell (Seaford, N.Y.) attempted to rally her team back as she scored the first goal of the second half less than two minutes into play. Passafiume added her second goal of the game as she and teammate Chelsea Donaldson (Bayshore, N.Y.) each notched an unassisted goal less than 30 seconds apart to give C.W. Post a ten goal lead with 26:32 left in the second half. Lions' attacker Rebecca LaFlare (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) found the back of the net with 21:51 to go to bring C.W. Post within nine points.
Fucich then connected with Spagnoletta for her third goal of the game to bring the Pioneers ahead by ten once again at the 21:22 mark. Spagnoletta would tally her third of the day just under a minute and a half later as she received a feed from freshman Megan Noone (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) to increase C.W. Post's lead to eleven goals. Fucich would then score her fourth and final goal of the game with 15:51 left of an assist from Passafiume before Mayott tallied a goal of her own less than two minutes later.
Proving they were down but not out, Lions midfielder Emily Glenn (Mineola, N.Y.) scored her first of two off a pass from teammate Kerianne Steine (Franklin Square, N.Y.) with 11:22 left in play. The Pioneers fired back with a goal from Olen just under the 10 minute mark to give her team a 17-4 lead. Jackolski and Spagnoletta each connected with Noone to put the Lions behind by 15 points at the 7:23 mark. Junior attacker Taryn Crimi (West Islip, N.Y.) added one final point on the board for C.W. Post, before Glenn scored the last goal of the afternoon for the Lions, bringing the game to a final score of 20-5.
Freshman Dominique Mosca (Merrick, N.Y.) made 10 saves and allowed just three goals against during just over 46 minutes between the pipes for the Pioneers, earning her first win of the season. Junior keeper Sam Powers (Holbrook, N.Y.) blocked three shots in net to secure the win for C.W. Post. Bove made seven saves in net for the Lions during 60 minutes of play.
Williams finished the afternoon with two points and six caused turnovers for the Pioneers, while Spagnoletta grabbed a team high four draw controls in addition to her five points.
The Pioneers outshot the Lions by a 38-22 margin and capitalized on five of nine free position shots.
C.W. Post is back in action Saturday, April 10, as the Pioneers host ECC opponent Seton Hill at 3:30 p.m.
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