March 14, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (March 14, 2009) - Sacred Heart senior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) scored four goals but the Pioneers dropped their third-straight, falling to Siena College 13-7 Saturday afternoon on Campus Field. The Saints got four goals apiece from Courtney Highsmith and Dierdre McQuillian while goalkeeper Kristin Concordia made 12 stops in the win. SHU falls to 1-4 with the loss.
Sacred Heart (1-4) struck first as Williams picked up an 8meter goal at the 24:47 mark. From there, Siena controlled the next 14 minutes of action, outscoring the Pioneers 5-1 while getting some stellar play in the cage from Concordia. McQuillan notched her first of the day at 24:20 followed by a Highsmith 8meter maker at 23:20 for a 2-1 lead.
Williams buried a feed from junior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) at 22:24 in what proved to be the Pioneers last goal of the first half. The Saints ripped off three-straight starting at the 22:14 mark on an unassisted Highsmith tally. Siena's Allie Kain and Cate Quinlan scored back to back at 17:10 and 10:51 and Concordia made the lead stick posting seven saves as the Saints led 5-2 at the break.
Siena (4-1) added to their lead out of the break as Lindsey Rosecrans buried a feed from Ryan Tierney just 1:06 into the second half. Rosecrans helped make it 7-2 Siena just three minutes later feeding McQuillan in front for her second of the afternoon. The Pioneers started to get their offense back on track as Williams scored her third at 23:04. The two teams traded goals over the next three minutes before Caitlin Mikel and Highsmith made it 10-4 Siena with 14:44 left.
The Pioneers fought their way back to within four goals, outscoring Siena 3-1 over the next seven minutes. Williams buried her fourth and second 8meter attempt at 12:22 and after a Saint marker at 10:35, SHU pulled within 11-7 thanks to freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY). The SHU rookie buried back-to-back goals at 9:21 and 7:48 to give her three scores in the second half.
The Saints were able to put the game away over the final seven and a half minutes as McQuillan buried her third and fourth goals of the afternoon and Concordia kept SHU off the scoreboard for a 13-7 win. In addition to Highsmith's and McQuillan's four goal afternoons, Rosecrans scored a goal with three assists as well as nine groundballs, four caused turnovers and three draw wins.
SHU junior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made 11 saves in goal for the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart returns to action on Tuesday, March 17th at cross-town rival Fairfield at 3:00 pm.