By Maxime Devillaz
After a perfect season, with an 18-0 record, the LIU Post field hockey team hosted the Northeast-10 Conference Championship last weekend. On Friday, Nov. 8, the Pioneers overwhelmed fourth-seeded Adelphi University in the semi-finals. Sophomore Keliann Margiotta led the way for the Pioneers, by recording a hat-trick after just about 25 minutes of play. Thereafter, “The Green Machine” controlled the game by continuously attacking. Consequently, the Pioneers held a 17-5 advantage in shots, and their attacking mentality resulted in two more tallies. The 5-0 win made the Pioneers storm forward to the finals on Sunday, November 10.
With the home advantage, LIU Post carried on their successful season in the finals against Stonehill College. Immediately in the first half, forward Marie- Lynn Wilson tallied in her ninth goal for the season, putting the Pioneers in the leading position of the game. The finals remained tight for a long period, until Margiotta, the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, doubled up the lead for LIU Post in the middle of the second half, making it her 25th for the season.
Stonehill would not give up without a fight, as the nation’s leading goalscorer, Erika Kelly, tallied in the reduction with less than seven minutes to go. However, Stonehill never managed to take another shot for the equalizer, and Post celebrated their Championship victory.
Head Coach Raenee Savin was overwhelmed with the perfect season so far. “I am so proud of everything that this team has accomplished this year, and so proud to be a part of LIU Post field hockey,” she said.
Head Coach Savin and the Pioneers now await their seeding in the upcoming NCAA Div. II Champi- onship, as they are looking to continue their perfect record. The Pioneers head straight to the Final Four starting Nov. 22 in Virginia Beach, Va.