March 9, 2008

Marist Scores Late to Edge Pioneers, 9-8

March 9, 2008

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 9, 2008) - Sacred Heart junior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) scored three goals with an assist but the Marist Red Foxes overcame a three-goal second half deficit, scoring the game-winner with 3:05 to go to edge out the Pioneers, 9-8, Sunday afternoon on Campus Field. Marist's Jessica O'Brien buried the game-winner and the Red Foxes took the ensuing draw and were able to run out the clock for their second win of the season.

The Pioneers (2-3) got a quick goal to open the game as freshman Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) scored 1:13 into play off a feed from Williams. From there, both teams went nearly 16 minutes without many offensive chances. Marist's Kaitlyn O'Sullivan ended the drought with an unassisted marker at 12:39 to tie it at 1-1. Another four minutes went by without another score before both teams went on an offensive firestorm over the last 8:30.

SHU's Williams notched her first of day off a feed from sophomore Jackie Pierce (Cortlandt Manor, NY) at 8:30 but Marist answered with back-to-back scores at 7:28 and 7:03 from O'Brien and Kellie Considine. Senior Katie Salamone (Baltimore, MD) scored unassisted at 5:23 to knot it at 3-3. After a Marist goal at 3:57, SHU scored the last two of the half, an unassisted Liz Ottey (Baltimore, MD) goal at 1:47 and Williams' second at 42 seconds to go into the locker room up 5-4.

The Sacred Heart lead hit three goals just out of the break as an 8meter goal by Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) opened the half at 28:26 and senior Alyssa Harris (Kings Park, NY) made it 7-4 off a feed from junior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) at 27:40.

Marist (2-1) ended the SHU run just 29 seconds later as Ali Carnabuci buried a feed from Lindsey Diener. The Red Foxes pulled within 7-6 on an unassisted score by Stephanie Garland at 22:57. Williams pushed the Sacred Heart lead back to two scores, 8-6, at 18:38. That would be the last Pioneer score of the day as the Red Foxes ended the game with a three-goal rally.

Carnabuci scored her second, again from Diener at 17:33 to pull her team within one, 8-7. Kate Noftsker tied the game at 5:55 to set up O'Brien's game winner at 3:05. Marist's Morgan Dillon pulled down the ensuing draw and the Red Foxes set up their stall trying to run out the clock. The Pioneers did force a turnover with 33 seconds left but SHU gave it right back, turning it over seven second later as Marist ran out the clock for the win.

The Pioneers struggled on the clear all afternoon, going 15-of-23 while turning it over 21 times. The Red Foxes out shot SHU 31-21 and won 12 of the 19 draws. SHU's Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) continued her solid play in goal turning in 11 saves.

Sacred Heart will be back in action on Wednesday, March 12th at Stony Brook for a 3:00 pm start. The Pioneers return home next Saturday to play host to Le Moyne.

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