September 23, 2011

Kasten's Two Last-Minute Goals Lift Pioneers Past Lehigh 6-4

(Farfield, CT) – Lindsay Kasten (Fair Haven, NJ) scored two goals in the final minute of regulation, including the game winner and an insurance goal to ice a 6-4 wild win for the Sacred Heart Pioneer Field Hockey team over Lehigh through a pouring rain at Campus Field Friday afternoon.

Kasten tipped in the game-winner off a Kate Boyd (Nottingham, NH) drive from the top of the circle, set up on a corner by Kim Pobutkiewicz (West Long Branch, NJ) with 50 seconds left.  Kasten effectively ended the game with a breakaway goal 33 seconds later.

Lehigh came from behind to tie the game three separate times.  The Pioneers saw their 2-1 halftime erased 1:14 into the second on a drive by Kimberly Eng off a penalty corner off a direct pass from Kelsey Zeswitz.  SHU would open up a two-goal lead, with Jen O'Malley (Boston, MA) breaking the tie on a goal off a cross pass from the right by Kasten.  Nikki Kimborowicz (Beddeford, ME) made it 4-2 with goal off a corner, driving a set at the top of the circle by Pobutkiewicz after the initial pass by Hannah Robinson (Watertown, MA). 

The Mountain Hawks then answered with two goals, beginning with Eng's second of the game off a penalty stroke at 59:10 followed by Brittany Johnson's game-tier by the right post of a cross pass from the left by Lindsay Metzger.

Robinson scored both of the Pioneers' goals in the first half.  She opened the scoring at 20:27, tipping in a shot by Kate Boyd off a penalty corner she originally set up, with Pobutkiewicz getting a helper as well.  After Natalie Tacka tied the game on a one-timer on the left on a cross pass from Johnson at 29:16, Robinson put SHU back on top on another tip goal of a drive by Boyd after initially setting up the corner. The Pioneers went on to convert four of ten penalty corners on a drenched playing surface. 

Sacred Heart will next play Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 when they host Lock Haven on "Stick it to Cancer Day", a national initiative in which NCAA field hockey teams donate portions of the day's proceeds towards cancer research.