Sacred Heart Pioneers Drops Season Opener, 10-6, to Brown Bears
Feb. 25, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 25, 2009) - The Brown Bears got five goals and one assist from senior Jesse Nunn as they dealt the Sacred Heart Pioneers a 10-6 loss in the season opener for both teams. The Pioneers got three goals from senior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) in the loss. The Bears held a 29-11 advantage on shots while taking advantage of 28 Sacred Heart turnovers and 10 failed clears.
Sacred Heart (0-1) grabbed an early 2-1 lead, answering a Katelyn Caro 8meter goal to open the game. Sophomore Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) earned an 8meter attempt at 22:06 and and connected with Montesarchio on the goal. Monestarchio answered with her second, an unassisted marker at 19:40 for a 2-1 lead. Brown's Nunn answered back with a four-goal streak, all unassisted, that spilled over into the second half for a 5-2 advantage.
Nunn pulled her team event at 13:33 in the first half and then tacked on two more at 12:49 and 6:40 to give her team a 4-2 lead at the half. Nunn buried her fourth-straight at 28:04 to open the second half and open a 5-2 Bear lead. The Pioneers ended the streak at 19:44 as senior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) found Montesarchio cutting to the cage for her second on the afternoon.
The Bears (1-0) used the next 11 minutes to pull away tacking on three-straight off the sticks of Kaela McGilloway, Nunn and Kelly Robinson. McGilloway started the rally with an 8meter marker at 19:44 and followed that by feeding Nunn for her fifth at 16:05. Nunn helped make it 8-3 Brown by dishing to a cutting Robinson for a score at 8:12.
The Pioneers looked to get back in to it and cut the lead to three, 8-5 at the 3:38 mark thanks to Hauser's second and an 8meter goal from freshman Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY). Lauren Vitkus answered right back just 30 seconds later with an unassisted score to push the lead back four goals, 9-8.
SHU freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) tacked on her first collegiate goal with 2:17 left, unassisted, but Brown controlled the play for the final two minutes and tacked on the final goal of the day on Kiki Manners first of the season with 22 ticks left. Sacred Heart goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made 14 saves in taking the loss.
The Pioneers will stay at home when they return to action on Wednesday, March 4th playing host to Iona at 3:00 pm.