September 13, 2013

Christine Mace's Overtime Game-Winner Beats La Salle 4-3

FAIRFIELD, CT (September 13, 2013) - Sophomore Christine Mace (Norwalk, CT) scored the game-tying goal and then provided the game-winner in overtime to lift the Sacred Heart Pioneers to a 4-3 win over La Salle Friday night on Campus Field.  Mace scored twice and assisted on another goal to lead the Pioneers to their third win of 2013.

La Salle (1-4) struck for a pair of quick goals and a 2-0 lead under 13 minutes into the game.  Devin Muracco scored on a blast at the 7:24 mark and Abbey Lawrence tacked one on at 12:39 for a 2-0 lead.  Lawrence finished off a Jessica Deaner pass in front to the right corner, forcing SHU head coach Katie Kloeckener to use a time-out so the Pioneers could regroup.

SHU (3-2) kept the Explorers off the scoreboard for the rest of the first half and came out with an offensive flurry to open the second stanza.  Just 1:35 into the second half, the Pioneers found their offense as Mace set up teammate Danielle Gallagher (Clayton, DE) right at the doorstep.  Gallagher buried it for her first collegiate goal.

The Pioneers struck again in the 45th minute, coverting off one of their 10 penalty corners.  R-Sophomore Liz Bergman (Blandon, PA) delivered off the set play with sophomore Rachel Claroni (Hershey, PA) setting her up.  La Salle was able to answer in the 51st minute with Mariel Papa scoring off a rebound to put the Explorers back in front, 3-2.

Mace worked her magic just 1:17 later, cleaning up a loose ball at the far post, left side to knot the game at 3-3.  Both teams had their chances in the closing minutes of regulation but both goalkeepers came up with big saves to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session, SHU poured on the offensive pressure early as a shot by Bergman was denied and a defensive save by La Salle's Olivia Leaman on a Mace shot kept the Pioneers at bay.  In the 81st minute, Mace got loose on a break-away and beat La Salle goalkeeper Lisa Shaffer one-on-one for the game-winner.

SHU's Mary Altepeter made seven saves in goal to earn the win.  Shaffer turned away nine SHU chances as the Pioneers held a 17-14 edge on shots.

The Pioneers are back in action Sunday afternoon when they head to Holy Cross for a 2 pm start.

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