March 4, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (March, 4, 2009) - Sacred Heart senior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) scored a career-high six goals while junior goalie Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) matched her career-high with 17 saves as the Pioneers notched their first win of 2009 beating Iona College, 10-9, Wednesday afternoon. Wagner's 17th save preserved the 10-9 lead as the Pioneers were able to hold the ball for the final 4:54 to earn the win.
The Pioneers (1-1) wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard and sprinted out to a 4-0 lead by the 12:35 mark of the first half. Williams buried her first of the day just 35 seconds in to play on an 8meter goal. The senior attacker followed that with her second, unassisted at 27:15.
Junior Carisa Hauser (East Northport, NY) scored off a feed from freshman Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY) at 13:44 and the Pioneers made it 4-0 at 12:35 thanks to a freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) 8meter goal. Iona got their offense in gear over the next four minutes and tacked on three-straight goals to cut the lead down to 4-3.
Gael senior Christie Godlewski scored off a feed from sophomore Elizabeth Coholan at 11:35. Coholan scored two-straight, first off a feed from Lisa Baron and a second from 8meters at 9:13 and 8:37. SHU ended the first half with a 3-1 run, starting with Dorsey's first collegiate goal at 7:41 from the free-position. After Cohloan's third of the half, Hauser set up the Pioneers final two scores of the half. Kmiotek buried her second of the afternoon at 3:37 and Williams made it 7-4 at the break by notching her third with just 10 ticks left.
Williams opened the second half just like she opened the game, scoring her fourth just 1:13 into play. Williams unassisted marker gave the Pioneers an 8-4 lead. Iona cut SHU's lead to 8-6 with goals at 25:25 and 22:25, off the sticks of Jillian Beck and Christie Godlewski. Williams answered back at 21:45 scoring her second 8meter goal of the afternoon for a 9-6 lead.
Iona's (1-2) Godlewski pulled her team within 9-8 with a pair of unassisted scores at 16:49 and 15:26 but SHU went to Williams and the senior answered again. Fellow senior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) found a cutting Williams in front and she buried her sixth at 11:24 for a 10-8 advantage.
The Gaels made it a one-goal game at the 6:12 mark as freshman Casey Scully buried a feed from Charlotte Tietjen but Wagner kept the lead intact. After winning the ensuing draw, Iona's Godlewski fired twice on Wagner, missing wide on her first while getting denied on her second attempt at 4:54. The Pioneers successfully cleared the ball and ran off nearly five minutes to end the game, never letting Iona gain another possession.
Sacred Heart heads out on the road to Syracuse, N.Y. this weekend as they take on Le Moyne Saturday afternoon 1:00 pm