Pioneers Beaten by UMass 21-8

Emily Pepe

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 16, 2013) - Sacred Heart senior Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) scored four goals and recorded an assist but the Pioneers couldn't slow down UMass who sprinted away with a 21-8 win Saturday afternoon on Campus Field.  The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-5 to start the season as they open Northeast Conference play this coming Friday at Quinnipiac.

The Minutewomen (7-2) got four goals from senior attacker Cori Murray who led 15 players who found the back of the cage for UMass on Saturday.  Junior Katie Ferris, senior Lauren Terracciano and freshman Eileen McDonald each had two goals in the win.  The Umass offense scored 21 times on 31 shots while defensively, forcing 19 turnovers and six failed clears by the Pioneers.

The Pioneers (0-5) fell behind 9-0 before cracking the scoreboard with 9:34 to go in the first half.  UMass posted six goals in the games first nine and a half mintues with Murray and Ferris scoring twice on the opening run.  SHU's Pepe ended the Pioneer drought when she converted an 8-meter attempt with 9:34 left.

UMass tacked on three more goals following the Pepe tally to lead 12-1 with 2:22 left.  SHU ended the first half with two-straight under the minute mark.  Junior Jacqueline Zlevor (Medfield, MA) scored off a feed from Pepe at 47 seconds and Pepe notched her second just 19 seconds later to close the half down 12-3.

SHU junior Samantha Villafranca (Wading River, NY) scored her first career goal at 21:35, off a feed from junior Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY).  Pepe scored her third at 21:35 to cut the lead to 15-5.  The Minutewomen answered with a five-goal run to leave no doubt, running their lead to 20-5 with just under seven to play.

Pepe added her fourth while Russo and freshman Jesslyn Joseph (Bolton, MA) added goals with under five to play. 

The Pioneers open the NEC slate with a trip to conference rival Quinnipiac on March 22nd.  Opening draw is at 3:00 pm.

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