FAIRFIELD, CT (March 17, 2011) – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team battled back from down 6-1 to tie the game in the second half but couldn't keep Louisville at bay as the Cardinals closed the game on a 12-2 run for a 19-8 win Thursday afternoon on Campus Field. SHU freshman Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) scored a season-high three goals in the loss as the Pioneers drop their fourth-straight to fall to 1-5 on the year. Louisville stayed perfect at 5-0 with the win.
The Cardinals (5-0) held a 49-17 advantage on shots, 31 coming in the second half of play. Louisville jumped out to a 4-0 lead as senior attacker Liz Lovejoy scored the game's first three goals. Senior Lianne Bobal scored the first of her two goals with 15:51 on the clock to give her team a four-goal advantage. SHU's Emily Pepe (Westhampton, NY) got the Pioneers on the board at 10:09 finishing a pass from Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY). The Cardinals made it 6-1 thanks to back-to-back markers from senior Bergan Foley, the first of what would be seven goals on the day.
The Pioneers (1-5) made a late run in the closing minutes of the first half to cut the lead in half at the break. Russo buried her first, unassisted, at 1:07 and junior Kaitlin Rochler closed it to 6-3 with an 8-meter goal with 43 seconds to play. SHU came out of the locker room and controlled the first four minutes to pull the game even. Russo buried her second just 1:20 into the second half and junior Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) cut it to one, 6-5, just 27 seconds later. The Pioneers came all the way back and knotted the game at 6-6 thanks to a junior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) 8-meter goal with 26:40 on the second half clock.
From there the game belonged to Louisville as the Cardinals, led by five Foley second half goals put the game away. Bobal buried a Foley feed at 23:48 to give her team the lead back for goo and Lovejoy made it 8-6 with her fourth goal at 19:33. SHU's Kmiotek cut the lead to one at 12:27 with an unassisted marker but the Cardinals put the game out of reach with a five-goal run over the next five minutes of action.
Foley started the rally at 11:48 and ended it at 7:21, scoring a pair unassisted to put the Cardinals up 12-7. Russo scored the final Sacred Heart goal at 6:39, her third unassisted, but Louisville tacked seven-straight on the scoreboard over the final five minutes to leave no doubt.
Foley added an assist to her seven goals for an eight point afternoon. Lovejoy finished the day with six goals and an assist while junior Katie Oliverio passed out six assists in the win. The Cardinals forced 17 Sacred Heart turnovers and won 20 of 29 draws.
Sacred Heart sophomore goalkeeper Megan Pepe (Westhampton, NY) turned in 11 saves in taking the loss.
The Pioneers are back in action at home on Saturday afternoon when they close the non-conference portion of their schedule hosting the Holy Cross Crusaders at 3:00 pm.