BROOKLYN, N.Y. (October 23, 2016)—The Sacred Heart field hockey team gave Sydney Van Der Merwe his first win as a collegiate head coach Sunday as the Pioneers topped LIU Brooklyn 2-0 for the team's first win of the season. Junior Nichole Tolli (Poughquag, N.Y.) led the way for SHU scoring both goals in the second half.
With both teams scoreless through the first half, the Pioneer offense played aggressively from the get-go in the second period. In the 40th minute, SHU earned its second penalty corner of the half. Allie Brouhard (Washington, N.J.) took the corner and sent the ball in to Tolli at the top f the circle. The junior drilled it towards the goal and watched as it went passed LIU Brooklyn goalkeeper Molly Jannell.
With the Pioneers continuing to pepper the Blackbirds' goal with shots, it wasn't until the 50th minute that Tolli knocked in her second. On another corner, Brouhard passed the ball in to Rebecca Hauser (Mohrsville, Pa.) who went right with it over to Tolli who took two dribbles and sent it in to the back of the goal.
Sacred Heart rounds out the season this Friday at home at Johnson Field against Monmouth at 6:00 p.m. Earlier today, the Hawks clinched the MAAC Regular Season Championship with a 2-0 win over Fairfield.
- The teams were evenly matched in the first half with the Blackbirds having just the slightest of advantages outshooting SHU 10-9, but Emily Degennaro (Wading River, N.Y.) stopped all four shots LIU Brooklyn put on goal. Jannell did the same to the four the Pioneers put on goal keeping the game scoreless at the half
- The Pioneers dominated the second half outshooting LIU Brooklyn 17-2 and earning 10 penalty corners to the Blackbirds' two
- Four of those shots belonged to Tolli who put two of them in the back of the goal