Second Half Haunts Pioneers in 12-7 Loss to Holy Cross

Shelby Vaccaro
Shelby Vaccaro

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 19, 2011) – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team turned it over 15 times in the second half and were outshot 13-8 as they saw a 54- halftime lead erased on the way to their fifth-straight loss, falling to Holy Cross 12-7 Saturday afternoon on Campus Field.  The Pioneers got two goals apiece from freshman Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwaters, NY) and Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) in the loss.

The Crusaders (2-7) to four goals and an assist from junior attacker Kayla DiBari to help lead the second half rally for the win.  Senior goalkeeper Sarah Weber turned away 13 shots to earn the win.  Holy Cross jumped out quickly and posted two goals on the scoreboard in the game's first two minutes.  Sophomore Maddie Carrellas opened the scoring just 28 seconds in with an unassisted marker.  Junior Kat Sutton made it 2-0 Holy Cross at 28:02 scoring off a feed from senior Meg O'Leary.

The Pioneers (1-6) settled in and Vaccaro delivered her first of the day scoring off a feed from junior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY).  Senior Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) tied the game a two apiece with 21:14 on the clock, scoring from a feed from sophomore Emily Pepe (Westhampton, NY).  The Crusaders would jump back in front by two with a pair of quick goals coming at 20:21 and 10:44.  O'Leary found the back of the cage, unassisted, and DiBari tacked on her first, and first of the season, just 38 seconds later.

The rest of the first half belonged to Sacred Heart as the Pioneers kept Holy Cross off the scoreboard for the remaining 19 minutes and tacked on three scores.  Junior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) and Russo both scored 8-meter goals and Kmiotek closed the first half scoring with a goal at 5:41 to send SHU to the break with a 5-4 lead.

The second half opened much like the first with a quick Crusader strike and it would be all Holy Cross from there.  Maggie Reichenbach buried a feed from O'Leary just 1:26 into the half and started a five-goal run for Holy Cross.  DiBari found the back of the cage twice and Sutton and Cassie Rudden both scored to give the Crusaders a 9-5 lead with 14:40 left.

SHU's Vaccaro finally put the Pioneers on the board at 13:54 but Holy Cross would answer with two-straight off the sticks of Reichenbach and Sutton in the next 2:32 to push their lead to 11-6.  DiBari finished off the scoring with her fourth with just under three minutes left to leave no doubt.

O'Leary finished with a goal and two assists but also registered five caused turnovers and had six ground balls in the win.  Sutton finished with three goals and a pair of assists. 

SHU will open Northeast Conference play next Friday, March 25th when they play host to the Robert Morris Colonials at 3:00 pm.