Jan. 5, 2010
BRIDGEPORT, CT (January 5, 2010) – The Sacred Heart University women’s ice hockey team surrendered four goals in the final period on their way to a 7-5 defeat at the hands of Lake Forest at the Wonderland of Ice Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers fell to 4-10-0 on the season, while the Foresters, ranked 10th in Division III, improved to 10-1-2.
Sophomore Kim Herring got LFC off on the right foot with her 19th goal of the season in just the second minute of play. SHU tied the game as sophomore Jamie Mey (Middletown, RI) skated down the right wing and around a Forester defender to win the puck and center to classmate Tara Kent (Glenview, IL) for the score.
The Pioneers would rattle off three more goals before taking a 4-3 lead into the second intermission. Sophomore Caitlin Gottwald (Reading, MA), assisted by Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, CT) and Kristina Hankins (Lexington, MA), scored a power play goal on a slap shot from the right side before the end of the first. In the second, sophomore Lauren Towers (West Hartford, CT) and Hankins each added a goal of their own.
Lake Forest cut into the Sacred Heart lead by the end of the second period with goals from junior Lynn Switaj and freshman Denise Perez. The Foresters overtook the Pioneers with goals from Herring and classmate Jessica Dare in the first five minutes of the final period.
Dare and Perez would add on more goal apiece to hold of SHU, despite a goal from Mey.
Junior Brittany Lemke entered the game midway through the second period and made 15 saves, while allowing one goal, en route to earning the win. Starter Alyssa Wintermute made 10 saves between in the pipes for LFC. In the cage, for the Pioneers freshman Emily Siira (Cedarburg, WI) allowed six goals and made 28 saves.
Sacred Heart returns to action Thursday at Southern Maine at 4:00 pm.