Katie Hannan graduated from LIU Post on Friday, but the senior goalie realizes she hasn't completed her obligations to the school just yet.
She might have earned a degree in secondary education, but Hannan wants to take home something else.
"We're trying to end our senior year with something really special, with three rings on our fingers," said Hannan, who backstopped the two-time defending NCAA Division II women's lacrosse champions to a 10-5 quarterfinal win over New Haven at Hickox Field on Saturday.
Hannan played her role, making seven of her nine saves in the second half to thwart any hopes of a comeback by the Chargers (16-4).
The Pioneers (18-1) will play Adelphi, 20-8 winners over Saint Anselm, in the semifinals in Salem, Va., on Saturday.
"They have a good chance to get back to the finals," Chargers coach Jen Fallon said. "They're really well coached. They've got a lot of talented players, especially Jackie Sileo. She's a leader. They've been there and they know what to expect. They've got a lot of positives going."
Post put a negative, losing to Dowling in last week's East Coast Conference final, in the past.
"We used the last game as a motivation," Hannan said. "But at the same time, we realized it's the postseason. It's a whole new game."
New Haven scored on its first shots by Nicole McKee (MacArthur High School) to take a 2-0 lead at 5:17.
"I wasn't worried," Post coach Meghan McNamara said. "We just had to get our feet wet a little bit and get ourselves behind that ball and get the momentum swinging our way."
The Pioneers went on a 7-0 run. Connor Bird and Sileo (two goals) tied it and Samantha Losco's unassisted goal gave the hosts the lead to stay at 3-2 at 15:46. Jenna Pierro (two goals), Morgan Chiarenza, Sileo and Katie Rotan tallied before New Haven's Marissa Fisher scored with eight seconds remaining in the half.
"We have an offense that everyone is a threat, everyone can go to goal," said Sileo, the all-time women's scoring leader across all divisions. "We had some of the younger players step up and take their players one v one, which is awesome because it keeps the defense guessing. Who's going to go goal? Who's going to score?"
With Post leading 10-5 and the Chargers trying to get back into the game in the second half, Hannan made key saves on McKee (20:58) and Maya Szymanski (21:30) during a man-up situation.
"We knew how strong their offense was one v one," McNamara said. "They have really quick passes in front of the cage. Having a presence like Katie just wiped everything off shot after shot."