Sacred Heart falls to Fairfield 4-1

(Fairfield, CT) - Kim Stow made six saves and Dana Luhrs scored her first goal of the season, but Marit Westenberg and Anne Nieuwenhuis both scored twice as the Fairfield Stags beat the Sacred Heart Pioneer field hockey team 4-1 Friday afternoon at Campus Field.

Westenberg opened the scoring at the 10:50 mark on a pass from Shealyn Testa.  Nieuwenhuis made it 2-0 on an unassisted goal a little more than four minutes later, pouncing on a blocked shot in the circle and sliding it inside the left post at the 15:19 mark.  Nieuwenhuis made it 3-0 Stags at the 42:02 mark, taking a short pass from Westenberg in the circle and knocking it in stick side.

Luhrs got Sacred Heart on the board at the 45:26 mark, ripping a shot from outside the arc off a pass from Jessica Garcia.  Stow helped keep Sacred Heart within distance with a couple of sparkling saves with 22 minutes left in the second, stopping Michelle Onofrio's drive from the right with a kick save, then diving to save Jill Keeny's shot off the rebound.  About three minutes later, Lindsay Kasten nearly made it a one goal game, dribbling into the circle and sending a shot barley wide as Fairfield goalkeeper Maddy Sposito came out aggressively to challenge the shot. 

However, Fairfield added an insurance goal at the 64:48 mark on Westenberg's second of the game on a deflection off Shealyn Testa's shot following a penalty corner.

The Pioneers are next in action when they host the Holy Cross Crusaders at Campus Field on Sunday, September 12 at 12:00 p.m.