FAIRFIELD, CT (March 2, 2012) - Sacred Heart senior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) tied her career-high with six goals to lead the Pioneers to their first win of 2012, beating Niagara 20-13 Friday afternoon on Campus Field. Rochler added an assist for a seven point afternoon while fellow senior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) matched her with a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists in the win.
Seven different Pioneers scored multiple goals as SHU put 10 goals up in each half. Senior Aurelie Pluijmakers (Freehold, NJ) scored three goals for the second-straight game and tacked on an assist. Senior Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) scored twice and dished out three assists while senior Katie Gerhard (Centennial, CO) scored a pair and assisted on two others.
Niagara (0-2) got five shots off before the Pioneers (1-1) could get one on goal, but came up empty in the early minutes. SHU struck first off the stick of Dorsey and ran out to a 5-1 lead by the 18 minute mark. Dorsey tacked on her second, unassisted, during the run. Niagara's Emily French made it 5-2 with a goal at 17:18 but the Pioneers put together a four-goal run with two off the stick of Pluijmakers to make it 9-2 with eight minutes left.
The Purple Eagles closed the first half strong and out scored SHU 4-1 to cut the lead to 10-6 at the half. Niagara scored at 7:21 and then just 10 seconds later and then got back-to-back goals by Carrie-Jo Farrugia and Fran Pollastro at 4:31 and 4:06.
The Pioneers scored 15 seconds apart as Rochler tallied her second and was followed by Kmiotek for a 12-6 lead. SHU extended their lead to 15-8 at 17:34. Kmiotek and Rochler went back-to-back at 13:40 and 13:28 and Pepe made it 18-9 with just over nine to play as the Pioneer lead proved to much to overcome.
In goal, freshman Kelly Keenan (Wantagh, NY) made 15 saves to earn her first collegiate win.
Sacred Heart is right back in action on Sunday afternoon traveling to the University of Massachussetts. Opening draw is 1:00 pm