Pioneers Fall 10-9 In Double Overtime To Mount

Caitlin Delaney
Caitlin Delaney

Box Score

The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team dropped a double-overtime 10-9 decision to visiting Northeast Conference foe Mount St. Mary's Friday afternoon on Campus Field. The Pioneers fall to 3-8 on the year and 1-2 in league play, while the Mountaineers improve to 2-10 overall and 1-2 in conference action.

Sacred Heart built an 8-5 lead when Caitlin Delaney netted an unassisted goal with 20:00 to play in regulation.  The Mountaineers scored the next three goals, tying the game, 8-8, with 13:25 to play.  Shelby Vaccaro stripped a Mount player on a clear attempt and drove to the goal, scoring with 5:11 to play, putting SHU in front, 9-8. Mount stripped a Pioneer clear attempt in the final minutes and Lindsay Diaz found the inside of the far post, knotting the score 9-9 with 7.7 seconds remaining.

Neither team was able to muster offensive chances in the first overtime, with the Pioneers taking the only shot, which was saved by Steph Rurkowski. Mount won the draw to open the second overtime period and with 51 seconds left in the period to give the Mountaineers the victory.

Kelly Keenan stopped eight shots in net for the Pioneers, to go along with three ground balls.  Rurkowski made seven saves to go along with two ground balls for the victory.

Delaney led all scorers with four points, including a hat track and an assist.  She also recorded a game-high five ground balls, as the Pioneers finished with a 19-13 edge in that category.  Delaney caused five turnovers for the Pioneers, half of the team's total.

Diaz scored three times to lead the Pioneers, with four caused turnovers and three ground balls.  Kelly Maloney and Bridget McGann both scored twice for the Mount.

Sacred Heart continues its three-game homestand on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host NEC foe Wagner.  Prior to the game the Pioneers will honor seniors Vaccaro and Jacqueline Zlevor at 12:50.