SHU Loses Season Finale at Mount; Pioneers Earn NEC Tournament Spot
EMMITSBURG, MD (April 23, 2011) – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team lost their season finale, 10-9 at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday but still qualified for a spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament thanks to a Quinnipiac win over Monmouth. The Pioneers saw a three-goal second half lead erased as they end the regular season 6-10 overall and 5-4 in the NEC.
Sacred Heart will be the #4 seed in the NEC Tournament and will face the top-seed and host Quinnipiac Bobcats in the semifinals on Friday, April 29th. The Bobcats beat the Pioneers earlier this season 14-5 at home. The #2 seeded Robert Morris Colonials will face the #3 seeded Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers.
Senior Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) and junior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) each scored a pair of goals in the loss. Ingrilli scored the game's opening goal, putting SHU on the board just 36 seconds into play. The Mount tacked on two-straight before the Pioneers rattled off a five-goal run over a five minute stretch.
Ingrilli started the rally with her second unassisted marker at 23:19 and four different Pioneers would follow. Freshman Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) scored at 22:51 and junior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) finished off a feed from sophomore Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) just 31 seconds later. Pepe scored one of her own at 19:19 and freshman Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwater, NY) gave the Pioneers a 6-2 lead with an unassisted score at 18:40.
The Mount would keep the Pioneers off the board the remainder of the half and scored three times to trail 6-5 at the break. Kmiotek pushed the Pioneer lead to 8-5 after the break, scoring her two goals at 29:18 and 22:19, both unassisted. The Mount pulled within 8-7 with back-to-back scores at 13:55 and then 38 seconds later from Jen Semler and Kaitlyn Larrimore. Kmiotek set up teammate Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY) at 12:39 for a 9-7 lead.
SHU's offense went cold again and the Mount closed out the game on a three-goal run to win it. Larrimore scored her third and fourth goals of the day to tie it at 9-9 with 1:17 left. Nicole Price delivered the game-winner with just 21 seconds left to deliver the Mount the win and a spot in the NEC Tournament field.
The Pioneers will now move on to the postseason for the sixth-straight season and look for an NEC record fourth-straight title. SHU and Quinnipiac have met each of the last three seasons, all coming in the championship game and all three resulting in Pioneer victories.