By Jada Butler and Rakwan Hedgemond
The LIU Post field hockey team made it to the postseason with its second-straight NE 10 championship title.
On Sunday Nov. 5, the Pioneers gained a 4-1 victory over the Assumption College Greyhounds at their home field in Brookville. This championship win set their record to 18 wins and 3 losses this season.
The first goal was made by Sammy Bell, scoring after an assist from Emilia Herran. The second goal was a penalty stroke from Kaycee Zelkovsky in the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers secured their lead, making the score 3-0 in the 27th minute, with a hard powered strike at the cage by Arantxa Rosainz Caloca. The Greyhounds attempted to catch up in the second half, making one shot to bring the score 3-1.
Yet the Pioneers regained a three-point lead thanks to Alyssa LoPresti. With a 4-1 final score, the Pioneers ended with the NE 10 Championship title.
This win followed two days after the Pioneers won at Grapple Stadium in Manchester, N.H., on Friday Nov. 3, where they took on the number one seed Saint Anselm College.
The Pioneers trailed by one at the end of the first half in that game, but they fought strong and sent the game to overtime at 2-2.
LoPresti scored the two goals during regulation, and Emily Miller scored the game winning goal to eliminate Saint Anselm.
The LIU Post field hockey team is now ranked No. 1 going into the national tournament, with a bye for the quarter finals. They are heading to the semi-finals in Kentucky on Friday Nov. 17.