Pioneers Earn 13-12 Overtime Win Over Manhattan

Jesslyn Joseph
Jesslyn Joseph

The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team earned a 13-12 overtime win over visiting Manhattan College Wednesday evening on Campus Field.  The Pioneers improve to 2-4 on the year, while the Lady Jaspers fall to 2-5.

After scoring twice in the final 11:17 of the first-half to knot the score, 3-3, at intermission, the Pioneers allowed three unanswered goals to Manhattan in the first 3:58 of the second-period, falling behind 6-3.  Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwaters, N.Y.) began the Pioneers comeback with back-to-back goals, 18 seconds apart (20:55 & 20:37) to make the score 6-5.  After a Manhattan tally, Vaccaro struck for a third time at the 14:35 mark and then fed Emily Corrice (Sparta, N.J.) for a goal 11 seconds later to tie the score, 7-7.

Manhattan retook the lead, 8-7, with 14:05 left in regulation, but again Vaccaro answered, drawing the Pioneers even, 8-8, with an unassisted tally at the 13:19 mark.  The Jaspers took their final lead of the game, 9-8, on a Megan Yarusso goal with 8:47 to play in the second half.

Jesslyn Joseph (Bolton, Mass.) tied the game, 9-9, with 6:54 to play, and then Vaccaro struck twice, at 3:42 and 2:33, to give SHU the 11-9 advantage.  Manhattan drew within a tally on a Stefanie Ranagan goal with 2:17 to play and Yarusso's goal with 66 seconds on the clock tied the score and sent the game into overtime.

Sacred Heart struck first in the overtime period, as Caitlin Delaney (Cherry Hill, N.J.) found the back of the net 2:11 into the period, 12-11.  Joseph scored what would prove to be the decisive tally, unassisted, with 2:34 to play in overtime, giving SHU the 13-11 edge.  Domenica O'Brey scored with 75 seconds left to get the Jaspers within a goal, but Sacred Heart controlled play over the final scored minute to secure the victory.

Vaccaro scored all seven of her points after halftime, netting six goals and adding an assist.  She also had two of the Pioneers 13 draw controls on the afternoon.  Delaney recorded a hat trick to go along with five draw controls and two caused turnovers.

Kelly Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) earned the win in net for Sacred Heart, stopping 15 shots, including two in the overtime period. The junior finished with a team-best four ground balls, as the Pioneers finished with a 19-17 edge in that category.  Christine Fiorinelli made 11 stops, seven in the first-half, for Manhattan.

The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, when they travel to West Long Branch, N.J. for a 1 p.m. meeting with Monmouth.