C.W. Post Holds Off West Chester to Win National Title
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – C.W. Post jumped out to a big lead and then had to stave off a West Chester rally to hang on for a 17-16 win in the NCAA Division II women's national championship game Saturday afternoon at Bellarmine University.
West Chester's Nicole Pyle scored with 17 seconds remaining to cut the C.W. Post lead to one. But then the Pioneers won the ensuing draw and ran out the clock to win the school's third national title and first since 2007. The other title came in 2001 and all three titles were won while playing West Chester in the championship.
|Nan Mayott scored four of C.W.
Post's first seven goals as the Pioneers built a lead and held on
to a 17-16 victory over West Chester for the NCAA Division II
women's national title.
© Gil Courson
"I'm really proud of this team and the adversity they fought through this season," said C.W. Post head coach Meghan McNamara. "For me looking at my team and their heart it's just so emotional."
"We have the most heart of any Division II team and that's why we were able to pull through," said Jackie Sileo, who was named MVP after setting a new championship record with nine points.
After West Chester scored on the game's opening possession, C. W. Post came back to score seven unanswered goals and led 7-1 with 13:05 remaining in the first half. Four of those seven goals were scored by Nan Mayott, a senior midfielder.
West Chester, however, refused to fold and cut the lead to three and trailed by just four at halftime, 11-7. Four of West Chester's first half goals came on free position shots.
West Chester opened the second half with three of the first four goals to cut the Pioneer lead to 12-10.
But C. W. Post pushed it back out to a 14-10 advantage on back-to-back goals by Ashley Olen. On both she was assisted by Sileo.
The Pioneers later went back up by five at 16-11 with 10:30 remaining when Sileo scored. She finished with six goals and three assists.
However, West Chester re-grouped and mounted another charge. The Golden Rams netted four unanswered goals, two of those by junior attack Tori Dugan, and the C. W. Post lead was just one at 16-15 with 6:04 remaining.
The Pioneers went back up by two when Sileo scored again with 3:45 left before the Rams cut it to one late.
West Chester's last title came back in 2008 in a game against C. W. Post. The Golden Rams had defeated the Pioneers 18-15 during the regular season this year. They were not surprised this was a hard fought game. And they weren't surprised they were able to come back and make a game of it after trailing 7-1.
"It's not the first time we've been down like that this year," said West Chester junior attack Tori Dugan. "We never let that get in our minds."
"We play for this every year," said West Chester junior midfielder Lauren Glassey. "We work our butts off. I'm proud of us."
C.W. Post finishes the season with a record of 17-3. West Chester ends at 16-4.