The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team fell 10-9 to Northeast Conference visitor Wagner College Sunday afternoon on Campus Field. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-9 on the year and 1-3 in the NEC, while the Seahawks improve to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in league action.
Jenna Liljeberg converted a free position goal with 9:31 to play in the second-half to give Sacred Heart a 9-8 advantage. Wagner answered that tally just shy of 4:00 later with a goal from Jessica Mills, with 5:48 remaining to play. The decisive tally came with 2:12 to play, when Olivia Streilen scored an unassisted goal for the 10-9 lead for Wagner. The Pioneers controlled the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over and Wagner was able to kill the final seconds for the win.
Shelby Vaccaro and Caitlin Delaney both scored twice to pace the Pioneers offense, which saw seven players touch the back of the net. Delaney, Jesslyn Joseph and Demi Lopez each had two caused turnovers, as Sacred Heart finished the day with 10.
Kelly Keenan made seven saves in net for Sacred Heart, playing the entire 60:00. She had a game-high three ground balls in the effort as well. Katie Ferraro earned the win for Wagner, stopping nine shots and collecting two ground balls.
Kimmy Tumolo and Jessica Mills both had hat tricks for Wagner, which also received three points from a two-goal, one-assist effort from Streilen. Shea Gegan caused five of the Seahawks 16 forced turnovers.
Tumolo started the scoring with consecutive goals in the opening minutes of the half, to give Wagner a 2-0 lead 7:44 into the contest. Kylie Calandra scored the Pioneers first at the 20:58 mark, and was followed at 16:27 be Delaney's first, for the tie game, 2-2. Wagner scored twice in 52 seconds, to push the lead to 4-2, with 14:46 to play. Emily Corrice answered at 13:28 to cut the deficit to one, 4-3, but Stephanie Peterson scored 21 seconds later to make the Wagner advantage, 5-3.
A Delaney free position goal at the 10:52 mark of the first-half began a four-goal Pioneer run, capped by Vaccaro goals within eight seconds of each other at 5:49 and 5:41, giving Sacred Heart a 7-5 advantage. Tumolo stopped the run with an 8-meter goal and sent the game to the intermission with Sacred Heart in front 7-6.
Alison Braig started the scoring in the second-half, netting a goal 15 seconds into the half for an 8-6 Pioneer lead. Jessica Mills scored 2:30 later and Taylor Pastore at the 24:14 mark to tie the score 8-8 and set up minutes.
The Pioneers return home on Friday, April 18 when they host NEC foe LIU Brooklyn at 3 p.m.