Jan. 4, 2010
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart hosts Lake Forest College at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, CT at 1:00 pm January 5 for the final contest of a seven game home stretch.
About Sacred Heart... The Pioneers enter tonight’s game with a record of 4-9. Junior forward Brittany Hartman leads the team in scoring with six goals and six assists. Classmates Lauren Fontaine and Taryn Lapierre rank second in points for the Pioneers. Fontaine has registered seven goals and four assists, while Lapierre has four goals and seven assists. In between the pipes for the Pioneers, freshman Emily Siira has started 10 games and made 295 saves, while owning a .865 save percentage. Sophomore Raelene Sydor has made three starts and posted a .829 save percentage. For the Pioneers, this is their first game against a NCAA opponent since sweeping a two game series with Oswego State on December 4 and 5.
Scouting the Foresters... #6 Lake Forest enters this afternoon’s game with a 9-1-2 record, with their only blemish coming in a 3-1 defeat at UMass-Boston January 2. Sophomore Kim Herring leads the way for the Foresters with 18 goals and eight assists. She has recorded five goals on the man advantage and four game-winners. Junior Lynn Switaj ranks second on the team in points with a team-high 13 assists to go with four scores. LFC has utilized a pair of junior goaltenders in net through the first 12 games of the season. Alyssa Wintermute has started eight games and posted a 1.71 GAA with a .929 save percentage. In four starts, Brittany Lemke holds a 1.50 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
Last Time Out... SHU split a mid-week exhibition series with Western Ontario at home last Tuesday and Wednesday. In game one, the Pioneers fell to the Mustangs 5-3, despite power play goals from Lapierre and sophomore Caitlin Gottwald that closed the deficit to one. On wednesday afternoon SHU took down Western Ontario 3-1 behind goals from Lapierre, Fontaine, and sophomore Nicole Palazzo. Siira made 37 saves in the cage for the Red & White.
Up Next... The Pioneers head back on the road for a contest at Southern Maine at 4:00 pm January 7.
Home Cookin’... The Red & White beat Nichols to start a stretch of seven straight home games. So far the Pioneers are 3-1 on their home ice, plus a 4-4 tie in an exhibition matchup with Robert Morris (IL). After Western Ontatio they will host Lake Forest in the first game of the new year on January 5. Last season, Sacred Heart went 7-6 at the Wonderland of Ice.
Nutmeg Classic... Yale hosted the annual Nutmeg Classic at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, CT on Thanksgiving weekend. In the first round, SHU lost the opening game to the host Bulldogs 10-1. Sophomore Sara Reddington registered the lone Pioneer goal. The University of Connecticut took down Quinnipiac 1-0 to advance to the finals. In the championship round, UConn beat Yale 6-1.
Life on the Road... Sacred Heart opened the season with a string of seven straight away games, plus an exhibition at Rhode Island. The Pioneers returned home after completed a 1-6 mark on the road. SHU lost the opening series of the season at Maine with losses of 9-0 and 11-4.