LIU Post's Jackie Sileo sets NCAA scoring mark in win over Bentley
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Top-ranked LIU Post, the undefeated and -- until proved otherwise -- best Division II women's lacrosse team in the nation, continued on that path with a 17-5 victory over visiting Bentley on Sunday.
Just because the score was lopsided didn't mean the game wasn't exciting. Post junior attack Jackie Sileo made sure of that.
When Sileo scored with 10:19 remaining, she set an NCAA record for most points in a career with 391. It broke the mark set in 2008 by Stephanie Kienle of West Chester (Pa.). Sileo finished with six goals and five assists, increasing her career totals to 124 and 267.
Abbie Ross had four goals and Morgan Chiarenza and Samantha Losco added two apiece. Ashley Olen scored her division-leading 78th of the season and had three assists.
"It's definitely exciting. I feel like it hasn't really hit me yet," Sileo said of the record. "I'm just so focused on the big team goal of winning a championship right now. It's great. It's definitely an accomplishment I'm going to be proud of."
Sileo attended Wantagh High School with Claire Petersen, who starred for Adelphi before transferring to Division I Stony Brook. Has Sileo ever thought about playing at the next level? "I have in the past," she said, "just wondering, 'what-if'-type thing, but I would not change the past three years for anything. I'm happy with where I'm at."
Post coach Meghan McNamara played at Maryland and believes players like Sileo would be terrific performers in D-I. "The top players in Division II are definitely competitors for Division I and they'd be very successful, especially if they find a program that fits them," she said. "It's great talent at the Division II level, amazing talent, but they chose to have this experience and they're succeeding in it . . . [Sileo's] joy for the game brings everything to the next level."
Post (16-0) plays Bridgeport on Thursday in the final regular-season game. If staying unbeaten has brought pressure, Post seems to be deflecting it.
"I wouldn't call it a weight," Sileo said. "It's awesome."