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Ashley Olen sets scoring record in LIU Post win

LIU Post attacker Ashley Olen controls the ball

LIU Post attacker Ashley Olen controls the ball against Adelphi in the NCAA Division II women's lacrosse quarterfinal. (May 12, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

With 9:03 remaining in the first half Saturday, Ashley Olen shot her way into the LIU Post women's lacrosse record book, fittingly on a pass from Jackie Sileo, who already has a bookmarked spot in the NCAA record book. Olen and Sileo, as always, were on the same page, but the two roommates had no idea they were a part of history.

"I didn't realize it," said Olen, a senior from East Islip, after scoring her fifth goal of the game and 217th of her career to become the Pioneers' all-time leading goal scorer, breaking the record of 216 previously held by Trish Moran (2001-04).

"I knew she was getting close," said Sileo, who had two goals and 10 assists in LIU Post's 19-7 victory over Merrimack in the first game of the Battle of Bethpage III, a lacrosse doubleheader at Bethpage High School.

Sileo became Division II's career leader in assists last month and has 60 assists this season.

Olen finished with seven goals and has 48 for the season for top-ranked LIU Post (9-0), the defending Div. II national champion. "It's really exciting to have the record," she said, "but it's my team that drives me."

Especially her pal, Sileo. "We know what the other one is going to do. We're on the same wavelength," said Olen, who received five perfect passes from Sileo that resulted in goals. The record-breaker came when Olen cut to the left crease and Sileo delivered from her favorite spot behind the cage.

"She's a great player and she makes my job easy," said Sileo, a junior. "This has been a long time coming. We've played together for three years. We just know what to do. I don't even have to look at her. She's knows she's got to be ready."

Olen was ready and so were the rest of the Pioneers, who led 14-5 at halftime and cruised. "The whole team knows when Jackie has the ball, we cut to the cage," Olen said.

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