Women's lacrosse, ranked No. 5 in region, tops Molloy to remain unbeaten in ECC

Alyssa Milano fires a goal past Molloy's Alyssa Chetti during Wednesday's win.
Alyssa Milano fires a goal past Molloy's Alyssa Chetti during Wednesday's win.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT women's lacrosse team found itself ranked fifth when the first NCAA North Region rankings were released Wednesday. The Bears then continued their success with an 11-8 win against Molloy at President's Stadium in the late afternoon.

Katie Meinecke had four goals and Karie Znaniecki and Alyssa Milano each had three goals and two assists in the victory.

After Molloy's Brianna Wilson tallied the game's opening goal, the Bears scored the next four goals and maintained at least a two-goal cushion the rest of the way.

The Bears improved to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the East Coast Conference.

"I think it was a high intensity, physical game," coach Kerri Handras said. "For us to stay composed up a few goals and keep pushing was a great job."

Three games remain on the regular-season schedule — a nonleague matchup at Stonehill on Saturday, then ECC games against Queens and at LIU Post next week. LIU Post, also unbeaten in league play, is ranked third in the region.

The Pioneers edged Dowling College, 7-6, in the ECC championship game a year ago. When Dowling ceased operations, NYIT launched a women's lacrosse program and 14 student-athletes who competed for the defunct school along with Handras joined the startup team in Old Westbury.