FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Trailing 8-5 with over 19 minutes to play Sunday, the Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team scored the final four goals to earn a 9-8 victory over the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers at Campus Field on Senior Day.
Jesslyn Joseph led all players with four goals, recording her 100th career point on her Senior Day. She also had eight draw controls. Liana Doyle added two goals, while the attack duo of Alyssa Pearce and Kylie Calandra both had a goal and an assist. Paige Hammick made six saves in goal.
For the fifth straight game, Sacred Heart (6-6, 2-2 NEC) scored first. Joseph won the opening draw control to herself, ran into the Mount St. Mary's end and scored in just 13 seconds. After the Mountaineers tied the game at the 27:07 mark, Doyle and Joseph scored 14 seconds apart to give SHU a 3-1 lead with 25:53 to play in the first half. Mount St. Mary's tied the game 3-3 with 16:42 remaining in the first on goals by Taylor Carhart and Kelly Maloney. Sacred Heart took a 4-3 lead into halftime, as Calandra fed Averi Farhat for the go-ahead goal with just four seconds remaining in the period.
Mount St. Mary's (4-10, 2-2 NEC) jumped out of the gates in the second half on a 4-0 run, as a Molly Morris goal at the 23:48 mark put the Mountaineers ahead 7-4. Pearce got SHU within two, 7-5, with 20:42 to play in the game but Maloney responded with a goal over a minute later to make the score 8-5.
Sacred Heart started its rally back with a pair of free position goals by Joseph and Doyle to get within one, 8-7, with 13:50 remaining. Joseph tied the game 8-8 with 12:37 to play in the game. She then won the ensuing draw control, getting the ball to Pearce behind the net who found a cutting Calandra for the go-ahead goal with 12:05 left in the game. The Pioneers' defense made the 9-8 advantage hold up, forcing two turnovers and getting two saves from Hammick to preserve the victory.
SHU outshot Mount St. Mary's 21-15 and had 10 draw controls to Mount's eight. The Mountaineers held a 9-8 advantage in ground balls. Maloney led the Mount with four points on two goals and two assists. Carhart also had two goals.
The Pioneers wrap up their three-game homestand on Friday, April 22 when LIU Brooklyn comes to Campus Field for a 3 p.m. game.
- For the third time in the last four games, SHU scored within the first 15 seconds of the game.
- Joseph recorded her 100th career point on her second goal of the game at the 25:53 mark. It was her 86th career goal.
- Farhat's go-ahead goal ended a SHU scoreless drought of 26:03.
- Pearce's goal was her 19th of the season and ended Mount's 4-0 run to open the half.
- Doyle's two goals gave her five for the season, tying her total from a season ago.
- Joseph's goal that tied the game 8-8 was her 25th of the season.
- Hammick stopped a Maloney free position shot with 2:23 remaining to keep the Pioneers up by one.