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Jackie Sileo scores winner with 5.6 seconds left as Post women's lacrosse advances to Division II national championship

LIU Post junior Jackie Sileo makes a pass

LIU Post junior Jackie Sileo makes a pass to assist on a goal to give her team a 4-3 lead over Dowling College during the first half of an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game at LIU Post on March 20, 2013. Credit: James Escher

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Adelphi's Camille Rosellini followed Jackie Sileo everywhere except the locker room during Saturday's NCAA Division II semifinal at Stevenson University.

Despite the constant faceguard, LIU Post's star attacker said she had a good time.

"I just tried to have fun with it at a certain point," Sileo said. "I wasn't gonna let them frustrate me or get in my head, because that's exactly what they wanted."

Instead, Sileo gave Post exactly what it needed, delivering the game-winner with 5.6 seconds remaining to lift the Pioneers to a 7-6 win over Adelphi. The win advances Post, the defending Division II champion, to Sunday's title game against Limestone at 3 p.m.

Sileo, Division II's all-time leading scorer, had missed wide moments earlier, but Morgan Chiarenza kept the play alive and fed her the winner.

"The first thing we wanted to do was obviously shut down Jackie Sileo," Adelphi coach Rob Grella said. "We pretty much did that until the last five seconds. It was a good job by our defense."

Adelphi held Post (19-0) to its lowest-scoring output since 2008. Sileo finished with two goals and no assists. For perspective, she had six goals and six assists in the first round against Stonehill.

"It is frustrating but you just run around and do little jab steps because [Rosellini's] gonna move every time I do," Sileo said. "It's entertaining, sometimes."

Even with Sileo in check, the Pioneers almost didn't need the heroics. Katie Rotan scored to put Post ahead 5-2 with 23:34 remaining. Adelphi called a timeout, switched goalies, and answered with a 4-0 run, taking the lead when Sara Sangiorgio scored with 3:48 remaining.

Adelphi had possession with a chance to run out the clock, but was called for an illegal cradle, giving possession back to Post. Jenna Pierro then scored off an assist from Rotan to tie it at 6 with 1:25 remaining.

Brie-Claire Drost led LIU Post with two goals and one assist, and Dominique Mosca made 13 saves.

Rachel O'Brien had two goals to lead Adelphi (18-3), which returned to the semifinals just two years after its coach and several players transferred to Stony Brook.

"I'm very proud of them," Grella said. "I don't think anyone truly understands how hard it has been for our program to rebuild after what happened a couple of years ago. I think we made a name for ourselves once again."

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