The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team dropped its season finale, 17-9, at Northeast Conference (NEC) rival Bryant University Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers finish the season at 4-11 overall and 2-5 in league play, while the Bulldogs improve to 13-3 on the year and 7-0 in NEC action.
Kylie Calandra tallied the game's first goal, netting a pass from Alyssa Pearce 3:39 into the game, for the Pioneers only lead, 1-0. Bryant scored the next three goals, in a 7:34 span to take a 3-1 advantage with 16:59 to play in the first half. Caitlin Delaney answered for Sacred Heart 12 seconds later, making it 3-2 in favor of Bryant, but again the Bulldogs answered, this time with two goals, to take a 5-2 advantage with 14:20 to play in the first half. Jesslyn Joseph scored a pass from Paige DeVine at the 13:37 mark, the Pioneers final goal of the period. Bryant scored five goals in the final 12:50 of the period to take a 10-3 lead into the break.
Bryant struck first in the second-half, and after a Pearce goal with 25:54 to play made it 11-4, scored again with 23:06 to play to push the advantage back to eight goals, 12-4. Sacred Heart scored the next three goals, two from Delaney, to get back within five goals, 12-7. Bryant squelched the run with three of its own over a 6:06 stretch, pushing the advantage to 15-8. Shelby Vaccaro and Delaney netted goals in the final 6:56 of regulation, both of which were answered by Bryant for the final margin.
Delaney led the way for the Pioneers with four goals, six draw controls and four ground balls, all team-highs. DeVine handed out three assists in the game, Joseph finished with two goals, and Pearce had a goal and an assist in the effort. Kelly Keenan made 10 saves in net for the Pioneers.
Haley Bloom, five goals, and Olivia McCarthy, four assists, both finished with five points on the afternoon for Bryant. Lauren Descalzo finished with three goals and an assist and Lisa Vendel added a hat trick. Brianna Watt played all 60:00 in goal, making seven saves.