Olen Sets LIU Post Career Scoring Mark
from press release
BETHPAGE, N.Y. – Senior attacker Ashley Olen (East Islip, N.Y.) scored a game-high seven goals, leading the top-ranked LIU Post women's lacrosse team to a 19-7 victory over Merrimack College at the Third Annual Battle of Bethpage, and in the process, setting a new LIU Post record for goals scored in a career.
The Pioneers remain undefeated at 9-0 on the season while Merrimack dips to 2-7 overall.
Junior Samantha Losco (Smithtown, N.Y.) quickly set the tone for the afternoon as she dodged through the defense and fired in a shot at 29:33 for a 1-0 lead. Olen followed with two goals coming on Jackie Sileo(Wantagh, N.Y.) passes for an early 3-0 lead.
Merrimack's Olivia Huie scored at 24:13 to get the Warriors on the scoreboard, but senior Abbie Ross (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Olen followed with goals to give the Pioneers a 5-1 cushion.
Following a Merrimack goal by Tyler Szymanski, the Pioneers ripped off three straight to take an 8-2 lead.
Szymanski scored again at 9:30, but the Pioneers countered just 18 seconds later as Sileo set Olen up for her 217th career goal, breaking the old mark of 216 set by Trish Moran (2001-04). The Pioneers outscored the Warriors 5-2 to close out the half, taking a 14-5 lead into halftime.
The second half was bookended by a pair of Merrimack goals, but the two scores were all the visitors would manage, whereas the Pioneers needed just five goals in getting into running time quickly and emptying its bench for a 19-7 final margin of victory.
The game was a homecoming for junior defender Melissa Rohr (Plainview, N.Y.), who played high school lacrosse for Bethpage. She was awarded the MVP honors for the game.
Olen and Sileo led the offense as Olen scored seven goals and Sileo notched two goals and dished out ten assists, tying her career high of 12 points. Ross added four goals and Katie Rotan (West Islip, N.Y.) added a hat trick, while Losco totaled four points on two goals and two assists.
Senior goalkeeper Dominique Mosca (Merrick, N.Y.) needed to make just two saves as she earned her seventh victory of the season.
The Pioneers outshot Merrimack 31-17 and picked up 17 ground balls to 12 for the Warriors. The home team also held a commanding 18-8 edge in draw controls and were successful on 8-9 clear attempts.
Next on the slate for the Pioneers is an ECC matchup against St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m.