Salute to the champs: LIU Post women's lacrosse (20-0)
LIU Post women's lacrosse is the best Division II team in the nation -- again. Last week's 10-7 victory over Limestone gave the Pioneers (20-0) their second consecutive title.
"It's been a whirlwind the last two years, it's been really exciting," coach Megan McNamara said. "It's been unbelievable working with these women and their determination. They're competitive, they want to win. It's been such a great collaborative effort. It's a unity and a family that cannot be broken down."
Post has won four national titles; Adelphi holds the NCAA record with five. Early thoughts about next season and possible three-peat? "We're excited," McNamara said.
The championsJenna Pierro, So. M (Sachem North): Scored the game-tying goal in the NCAA semifinal against Adelphi. Had 12 goals and three assists.
Katie Ventrella, Fr. M/D (Locust Valley): Scored two goals in 15 games.
Emily Delaney, Fr. M/A (Long Valley, N.J.): Had six goals and three assists in 10 games.
Bridgett Soares, Sr. D (San Diego): Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps on May 10, the same day she graduated from Post. Did not play lacrosse until 2010, named ECC first-team defender this year.
Brie-Claire Drost, Sr. D (Shoreham-Wading River): Had three points against Adelphi in semifinal. Also played four years of field hockey at Post. Younger brother, Connor, is outstanding attacker for Post men's team.
Brittany Smith, Fr. D/M (Half Hollow Hills West): Appeared in six games. Played volleyball and basketball in high school. Brother Zach plays lacrosse at Stony Brook.
Honey Roche, Fr. M/D (Harborfields): Played in nine games, scoring two goals and causing four turnovers.
Jackie Sileo, Jr. A (Wantagh): First-team All-American. Holds NCAA record for career points (420) and assists (280). Had 61 goals and 117 assists this season. Her 36 career points in NCAA Tournament games is a D-II record. Scored the winning goal against Adelphi in the semifinal; scored four goals and had two assists in the championship game against Limestone.
Kali Maxwell, So. M (Colorado Springs): Named to the NCAA all-tournament team. Won a team-high 97 draws. Forced 15 turnovers and scooped up 25 ground balls.
Samantha Losco, Jr. M (Hauppauge): Scored 33 goals and had 18 assists. Twin brother, Zack, plays at Penn.
Aimee Capps, Sr. D (Rocky Point): Picked up 17 ground balls, forced eight turnovers and won 10 draws.
Megan Noone, Sr. A (Massapequa): Injury limited her to five games. She scored two goals, one on senior day against Bentley.
Renee Schwartz, Jr. M (Lockport, N.Y.): Played in nine games and had one ground ball.
Morgan Chiarenza, Redshirt Jr. A (Smithtown East): Scored 19 goals and had 31 assists. Assisted on Sileo's game-winner against Adelphi and added another in the championship game.
Jessica Marsh, Fr. A (Sayville): Played in seven games, forced one turnover and had one ground ball.
Dominique Mosca, Sr. G (Calhoun): All-American. Had 116 saves and 6.53 goals-against average. Made 13 saves against Adelphi in semifinal.
Ashley Olen, R-Sr. A/M (East Islip): All-American, most outstanding player with three goals against Limestone in the title game. Had 89 goals and holds Post record with 258 career goals.
Abbie Ross, Sr. A/M (Rocky Point): Scored 55 goals, including hat trick in the first-round victory over Stonehill.
Katie Rotan, Jr. M (West Islip): All-American. Excelled on offense and defense, scoring 40 goals and scooping up team-leading 35 ground balls.
Emily Hanifan, So. M (Kellenberg): ECC second team, caused 14 turnovers and picked up 27 ground balls.
Kasey Kephart, Fr. G (Hauppauge): Played in four games, making one save in 5:39 in goal.
Melissa Rohr, Jr. D 5-6 (Bethpage): All-American. MVP in Battle of Bethpage against Merrimack. For the season, she had 31 ground balls, won 11 draws and forced 11 turnovers.
Katie Hannan, Jr. G (Saratoga Springs): Played in 10 games with two starts, posting a 2-0 record and making 24 saves. Older brother, John, won consecutive championships with Post men's team (2009-10).
CoachesMegan McNamara (sixth season, 99-14): 2012 national coach of the year, native of East Northport, McNamara played on four NCAA Division I championship teams at Maryland. Assistant for Ireland's national team.
Assistants: Alyssa Kildare (Farmingdale and Johns Hopkins), Nina Sarcona (Massachusetts), Ashley Janelli (former Post captain, North Shore High School).