Dowling Women's Lacrosse Tops No. 2 LIU Post for ECC Title
Brookville, N.Y. - Brookhaven, N.Y- Sam Stavish lead the number two-seeded Golden Lions to an 11-10 win which ended LIU Post's 40 game winning streak in the first-ever ECC Women's Lacrosse Championship Final on Saturday afternoon at Hickcox Field.
Sam Stavish recorded a game high in goals with five, while Jackie Andersen finished the day with eight points on seven assists and one goal.
The Golden Lions jumped out to a 1-0 after a goal by Stavish. LIU Post responded with three back-to-back goals to take the 3-1 lead with 22 minutes remaining. Jerilynn Goodfellow halted the run after a goal at the 17 minute mark. Two goals by the Pioneers extended their lead 5-2. Both teams couldn't score a goal in the final 10 minutes of the half. LIU Post went into half time with the three goal lead.
Dowling got the scoring started once again of a goal by Emma Ferreira. The Pioneers quickly answered back with a goal. Down 6-3 the Golden Lions sparked a 3-0 run after a goal by Katie Meinecke; Stavish and Ferrira each added a goal during the run. Tied 6-6 LIU Post continued to answer back as they took another three goal lead, 9-6.
Before LIU Post could trail away with the lead Andersen cut the deficit to two with 11 minutes left in the game. The Pioneers found the back of the net once more as the 10-7. With eight minutes left to play, Stavish started to amount the comeback. She scored two goals in a minute to cut the deficit 10-9. Midfielder Allie Merrill received a pass from Andersen to score the game-tying goal. With 1:24 left to play in the half Andersen gives out a pass to Stavish who fires a shot as the Golden Lions retook the lead.
The Pioneer threatened once more in the final seconds of the game, as they had two free position attempts. Goalkeeper Tina Fey saved the potential game winning tying goal as they came out with the 11-10 victory.
Dowling and the Pioneers each took 21 shots. LIU post had the upper advantage on ground balls 18-15 and on draw controls 15-8. Each goalkeeper finished the day with seven saves.
Andersen was named the ECC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Provided by the Dowling Sports Information Department.