Brookhaven, N.Y- Samantha Stavish lead the number two-seeded Golden Lions to an 11-10 win which ended LIU Post’s 40 game winning streak in the first-ever ECC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Final on Saturday afternoon at Hickcox Field.
Stavish recorded a game high in goals with five, while Jackie Andersen finished the day with eight points on seven assists and one goal.
The Golden Lions jumped out to a 1-0 after a goal by Stavish. LIU Post responded with three consecutive goals to take the 3-1 lead with 22 minutes remaining. Jerilynn Goodfellow halted the run after a goal at the 17 minute mark. Two goals by the Pioneers extended their lead 5-2. Both teams couldn’t score a goal in the final 10 minutes of the half. LIU Post went into half time with the three goal lead.
Dowling got the scoring started once again with a goal by Emma Ferreira. The Pioneers quickly answered back with a goal. Down 6-3 the Golden Lions sparked a 3-0 run after a goal by Katie Meinecke; Stavish and Ferrira each added a goal during the run. Tied 6-6 LIU Post continued to answer back as they took another three goal lead, 9-6. Before LIU Post could trail away with the lead Andersen cut the deficit to two with 11 minutes left in the game. The Pioneers found the back of the net once more to lead 10-7. With eight minutes left to play, Stavish started to amount the comeback. She scored two goals in a minute to cut the deficit 10-9. Midfielder Allie Merrill received a pass from Andersen to score the game-tying goal. With 1:24 left to play in the half Andersen gives out a pass to Stavish who fires a shot as the Golden Lions retook the lead. The Pioneer threatened once more in the final second of the game, as they had two free position attempts. Goalkeeper Tina Fey saved the potential game winning goal as they came out with the 11-10 victory.
Dowling and the Pioneers each took 21 shots. LIU post had the upper advantage on ground balls 18-15 and on draw controls 15-8. Fey finished with seven saves while LIU Post’s Katie Hannan finished with six.
Andersen was named the ECC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.