Le Moyne Doplphins Squek by Pioneers, 11-9
March 7, 2009
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 7, 2009) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team got two goals and two assists from junior Carisa Hauser (East Northport, NY) but came up just short in their comeback bid falling at Le Moyne, 11-9, Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers battled back from down three goals at the half to tie the game at 9-9 but couldn't complete the comeback as the Dolphins tacked on a pair over the final 12 minutes to come away with the win. Le Moyne freshman goalie Kelly Fucillo turned in 17 saves while sophomore Rebekah Elmer led scoring charge with three goals.
The Dolphins sprinted to a 3-0 lead in the game's first three minutes behind a score from senior Maura Kenville and a pair of goals from Elmer. Defensive play dominated a 12-minute stretch in the first half, until Sacred Heart notched back-to-back goals 20 seconds apart to trim its deficit to one. Junior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) hit on an 8meter attempts followed by an unassisted marker. Le Moyne responded with a quick strike of its own, as junior Jackie Lundblad followed Elmer's third goal of the game to push the Dolphin lead to 5-2 by the 9:37 mark.
The Pioneers responded again with a two-goal spurt thanks to freshman Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY) and Hauser before goals from senior McKenzie Gray and sophomore Nerissa Barzee gave Le Moyne a 7-4 lead to take into halftime.
Sophomore Mia Valletta netted a pair of second-half scores, including a tally 11 seconds into the half, to secure an 8-4 Dolphin advantage. But Sacred Heart struck for five of the game's next six goals to knot the game at nine goals apiece with 12:45 to play. Freshmen Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) and Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) buried a pair followed by two from senior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) sandwiched around Hauser's second.
Lundblad scored what proved to be the game-winner just over a minute later while sophomore Michelle Phillips added an insurance goal to round out the game's scoring at the 4:41 mark.
Fucillo proved vital to Le Moyne's second-half push, stopping 10 shots over the game's final 20 minutes. She collected a pair of crucial saves with under 40 seconds to play, including one on a Pioneer free-position opportunity.
SHU's Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) turned in 14 saves in taking the loss.
Sacred Heart is back in action on Wednesday afternoon playing host to the Stony Brook Seawolves at 3:00 pm.