FAIRFIELD, CT (March 27, 2011) – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team sprinted out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back snapping a six-game losing streak with an 18-9 Northeast Conference win over Saint Francis (PA) Sunday afternoon on Campus Field. Junior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) scored a career-high six goals while freshman Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) notched a career-best five scores in the win as SHU evens their NEC record at 1-1.
Russo added a pair of assists to her totals for a seven point afternoon while junior Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) matched her seven points with three goals and four assists. SHU held a 32-22 advantage on shots and dominated the draw circle, 20-9.
The Pioneers (2-7, 1-1 NEC) wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard as the combination of Pepe to Rochler would strike for the first of four first half goals just 1:01 into the game. The duo made it 2-0 at 24:47 and after Russo's first on an 8-meter attempt, hooked-up for a third time to make it 4-0 with 20:48 on the clock. Russo buried another free-position attempt just 23 seconds later and senior Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) and Rochler would follow with unassisted markers to make it 7-0 with 16:31 left in the half.
Saint Francis (3-6, 0-2 NEC) would crack the scoring column as Danielle Conwell buried one unassisted at 9:18. The Pioneers would tack two more one before the break as Pepe buried a feed from Katie Gerhard (Centennial, CO) at 1:58 and then set-up Rochler one more time with 33 seconds left for a 9-1 lead at the half.
SHU opened the second scoring just 24 seconds into play as Russo notched her third 8-meter goal. The Pioneers would go on to tack two more on in the first five minutes of play off the sticks of Pepe and Ingrilli. The Sacred Heart lead hit its high-water mark of 17-4 with 11:46 left as junior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY), Rochler and Pepe all found the back of the cage on a three-goal run. Ingrilli would close out the Pioneer scoring with her third of the day at 5:59 left.
Ingrilli added an assist to her three goals while Kmiotek tallied a goal and an assist. Sophomore Megan Pepe (East Quoge, NY) made seven saves in goal to earn her second win of the season.
Sacred Heart will play five of their last seven games on the road starting next Friday, April 1st when they travel to rival Quinnipiac. Game time is 3 pm for the re-match of the last three NEC Championship games.