The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team dropped an 11-9 Northeast Conference game to Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. Friday afternoon. The loss drops the Pioneers to 4-10 on the year and 2-4 in conference action and eliminates them from postseason contention, while the Blue Devils improved to 6-9 on the year and 3-3 in league play.
The Blue Devils opened the game with two goals in the first 2:25 of play for an early 2-0 advantage. The Pioneers came charging back scoring six consecutive goals, starting at the 21:45 mark with an unassisted goal from Shelby Vaccaro. The tally was followed 66 seconds later by Jesslyn Joseph goal, knotting the score, 2-2.
Alyssa Pearce put home a pass from Kylie Calandra at 18:22 for a 3-2 advantage. Jenna Liljeberg struck at 17:11 and 15:34 and Brianna Schussler netted a Liljeberg pass at the 14:24 mark for what would prove to be the largest lead of the day for either team, 6-2. Falynn McCartney scored three straight goals in response for the Blue Devils and assisted on a goal to Brigit Hogan with 1:58 to play in the half, sending the teams into intermission tied, 6-6.
McCartney's personal point streak continued in the second-half, as she scored for the fourth time, 1:56, into the period, to give CCSU a 7-6 advantage. Vaccaro answered for the Pioneers with her second tally at the 23:52 mark and Calandra put Sacred Heart in front 8-7 with 20:18 to play in regulation. The lead lasted just 11 seconds until Amanda Toke score her first of two consecutive goals, the second coming with 17:52 to play, to put the Blue Devils back in front, 9-8. CCSU sandwiched goals around an Alyssa Pearce tally with 8:35 to play, for the final margin.
Liljeberg and Vaccaro both had two goals and an assist, while Calandra finished with a goal and two assists for the Pioneers. Pearce also scored twice for SHU, while Caitlin Delaney finished with an assist and team-highs in ground balls, four, and caused turnovers, three. Kelly Keenan made nine saves, and had two ground balls, in goal for the Pioneers.
McCartney led all scorers with five points, netting four goals, as well as controlling a game-high five draws. McCurry finished with two goals and an assist and Toke had two goals and three ground balls. Morgan Tuller stopped seven shots in net to earn the win.
Sacred Heart closes the 2014 campaign on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Bryant University.