WINCHENDON, Mass – After falling down 3-0 for the second consecutive game, the Pioneers pulled within one goal but couldn't get any closer in falling to the Franklin Pierce Ravens 4-2 Saturday afternoon at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena. The Pioneers fall to 5-12-5 on the season, while FPU improves to 17-2-1.
After a scoreless first period, Franklin Pierce got on the board at 2:42 of the second period. Bryana Harron found the back of the net to give FPU a 1-0 lead, assisted by Francesca Paciello.
Marissa Ketterman scored the Ravens next goal to take a 2-0 lead at 3:43 of the third period. Colleen Doucette and Sarah Sheils recorded assists on the play. Franklin Pierce scored their third in a row less than two minutes later. After a Sacred Heart tripping penalty, Haylea Barbieri lit the lamp to put FPU up 3-0. Barbieri knocked it home from the slot after Ketterman failed to finish a wraparound.
As they did last night, the Pioneers found themselves down but not out as they attempted their comeback. Freshman Amie Varano (Duxbury, MA) put SHU on the board after her shot from the point was deflected by Franklin Pierce into the back of the net. Casey Stathopoulos (Waltham, MA) and Whitney Henderson (Elkins, PA) were credited with assists on the goal. The Pioneers scored again on a well executed 3-on-2 rush that ended with Alex Davis (Pembroke, MA) scoring her first goal of the season off a nice dish from Melissa Robbins (Nashua, NH).
Down 3-2, the Pioneers pulled the goalie and Karsyn Baker put SHU away for good with an empty net goal at 18:15 of the third.
Sacred Heat goal Nicole Magee made 38 saves in the loss, as the Pioneers by were outshot by FPU 42-29.
Up next, the Pioneers return to Connecticut to take on Trinity in Hartford Tuesday night.