Women's lacrosse celebrates Senior Day with first shutout win in program history

NYIT honored its seniors before Wednesday's regular-season home finale.
NYIT honored its seniors before Wednesday's regular-season home finale.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT women's lacrosse team is set for a showdown at LIU Post on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the East Coast Conference's regular-season title.

The Bears thrashed Queens, 20-0, on Senior Day at President's Stadium on Wednesday to set up the matchup between teams undefeated in ECC play in this weekend's regular-season finale.

The victory over Queens marked the first shutout and the largest margin of victory in program history.

Before Wednesday's game, NYIT honored seniors Taylor Davide, Vincenza DeCrescenzo, Ashley Firestone, Katie Meinecke, Kayla Reyes, Trisha Serras, Erin Smith, Lauren Young and Karie Znaniecki.

The 12th-ranked Bears (15-1, 7-0) then exploded for 17 first-half goals in the rout.

Meinecke, Reyes and Znaniecki had four goals apiece. Znaniecki also had five assists.

"Today was definitely a good win in preparation for Saturday," coach Kerri Handras said. "I thought we did a great job off the draw, finishing our shots, which is going to be very important for us Saturday."

Queens is led by first-year coach Meaghan Smith, defender Erin Smith's sister and a former student-athlete at Dowling under Handras.

"It was a lot of fun for me, just because it was against my sister," said Erin, who scored NYIT's third goal. "To end up scoring the goal against her, I think that made her mad."

The Bears already have clinched a home ECC playoff game next Thursday.