Syracuse, N.Y. - Sophomore midfielder Ryan McKinney (Downingtown, Pa.) went off for a game-high six goals and seven points Friday to lead the No. 5/5 and third-seeded LIU Post women's lacrosse team to a 12-5 win against No. 13/10 and third-seeded New York Institute of Technology in the first round of the NCAA Division II Championship at Ted Grant Field.
The victory sends the Pioneers (16-2) to a re-match with No. 2/3 and second-seeded Le Moyne College in a national quarterfinal contest on Saturday (May 13) at 3 p.m. in Syracuse.
The green and gold overwhelmed the Bears (15-4) in the opening half, outshooting their opposition by an 18-6 count, and eventually led 7-1 at the break.
McKinney led the way with five goals in the stanza. Her five-goal performance was the most by a Pioneer in the first half of an NCAA Tournament game since 2013.
Freshman midfielder Alyssa Mallery (Wantagh, N.Y.), who had two goals, five draws and three caused turnovers in the contest, added a tally and an assist.
In the second half, LIU Post kept up the offensive intensity and pulled away. Mallery and McKinney each netted a goal in the period. Red-shirt senior attacker Alexis Newman (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Paige Sherlock (West Islip, N.Y.) tallied goals, as well.
Between the pipes, junior goalie Olivia Kirk (Farmingdale, N.Y.) made five saves for the Pioneers. Senior cageminder Lauren Young (Centereach, N.Y.) made eight saves for the Bears.
For the game, LIU Post owned a 26-21 advantage in shots, a 17-11 differential in ground balls and a 12-7 edge in draw controls. The Pioneers were also 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) on clears and 3-of-6 (50.0 percent) on free-position attempts.
Provided by the LIU Post Sports Information Department.