March 15, 2008

Second Half Rally Lifts Le Moyne over Sacred Heart, 9-7

March 15, 2008

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 15, 2008) - Sacred Heart got four goals from senior Katie Salamone (Baltimore, MD) and built a 7-3 second half lead with 18:50 to go but Le Moyne rallied for six-straight goals with Maura Kenville notching the go-ahead score at 1:43 for a 9-7 Dolphin win Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers drop their third-straight and fall to 2-5 on the year. The Dolphins evened their record at 3-3 with the come from behind win.

Sacred Heart built a 4-2 lead at the half thanks to Salamone who scored three of her game-high four markers over the first 30 minutes. SHU junior Meghan McCaffrey (Garden City, NY) scored the game's first goal at 23:44 and Salamone tacked on a pair of unassisted scores and hooked-up with junior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) for her other as the Pioneers took a convincing two goal lead into the locker room.

The second half opened with more of the same for the Pioneers with a pair of 8meter goals in the first five minutes of action built a four-goal advantage. Salamone and Williams both connected from 8meters as the Pioneers continued to dominate play. Le Moyne's Michelle Phillips answered the Williams goal just 30 seconds later off the ensuing draw to trim the lead to three but neither team could manage much offense over the next six minutes.

SHU sophomore Farra Coppola (Wantagh, NY) gave the Pioneers back their four-goal lead, 7-3, scoring her first career goal at 18:50 on a free-position attempt. Coppola's marker proved to be the last for the Sacred Heart offense as the Dolphins began their march back with just under 14 minutes to go.

Senior Whitney Vecchio started the comeback with her second and third goals of the day at 13:57 and 10:02 to pull her team within 7-5. Mia Valletta answered Vecchio's pair with two-straight of her own to tie the game. Valletta scored first at 7:23 off a pass from Vecchio but the Pioneers took the draw and looked to push their lead back to two goals on the ensuing possession. SHU had their chances, getting three-straight free-position attempts on the possession but all three missed their marks and the Dolphins countered.

Valletta got loose on the Dolphins clear attempt and scored unassisted at 4:37, knotting the game at 7-7. The Pioneers won the ensuing draw but Le Moyne's Alex Dwyer made her biggest save of the half, stopping SHU's Salamone ending the threat. The Dolphins continued to build momentum and Vecchio set up the game-winner, hitting a cutting Kenville for the go-ahead marker with 1:43 left.

Kenville took the draw and put her team in position to run out the clock as Le Moyne tacked one more on in the waning seconds to come away with the 9-7 win. Dwyer played the second half in the cage making six saves in securing the win for the Dolphins. SHU's Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made eight saves in taking the loss.

The Pioneers return to action on Thursday afternoon hosting Monmouth in the Northeast Conference opener. xxxxxxx