The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team fell 14-10 to visiting Fairfield University Wednesday afternoon on Campus Field. The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-6 on the year, while the Stags improve to 5-3.
Jessyln Joseph (Bolton, Mass.) scored her first of four goals 4:15 into the game to give the Pioneers the early 1-0 lead. Melanie Raso scored back-to-back goals within 50 seconds of that goal, and 15 seconds of each other to give the Stags a 2-1 advantage. That lead was short-lived however as Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwaters, N.Y.) netted a pass from Caitlin Delaney (Cherry Hill, N.J.) at the 22:13 mark to knot the score 2-2. Fairfield would score the next three goals, and five of the next six to build a 7-3 lead with 10:26 to play in the first-half.
The Pioneers responded, scoring four of the final six goals of the half. Vaccaro started the run with a tally at the 9:51 mark, and then fed Kylie Calandra (Washington Township, N.J.) 36 ticks later to make the deficit two, 7-5. Fairfield scored at the 6:37 mark and the 2:43 mark to push the lead back to four goals, before Alyssa Pearce (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Vaccaro scored in the final 1:16 of the half to send the Pioneers to the locker room down two goals, 9-7.
Fairfield scored four times in the first 15:09 of the second-half, while holding the Pioneers scoreless to jump out to a six-goal advantage, 13-7. Joseph ended the Pioneers scoring drought with a tally at the 7:36 mark, as Sacred Heart scored three of the final four goals of the game, for the final margin.
Joseph finished with four goals, while Vaccaro had three goals and two assists for a game-high equaling five points. Five Pioneers scored in the game, and Sacred Heart assisted on six of its 10 goals.
Kelly Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) stopped 16 shots in goal for Sacred Heart. Chelsey Sidaras made four stops, all in the first-half, to earn the win in goal for Fairfield.
Raso led the Stags with four goals and an assist, while Jamie Leone netted a pair of goals and handed out three assists. Fairfield finished with a 35-20 edge in shots and a 13-11 advantage in draw controls.
The game marked the final non-conference game of the season for Sacred Heart, which is idle until the Northeast Conference opener at Robert Morris on April 4. The Pioneers are next home on April 11 when they host NEC foe Mount St. Mary's at 3 p.m. on Campus Field.