Pioneers Open NEC Play with 9-8 Win at Quinnipiac

March 22, 2009

Final Stats

HAMDEN, Conn. (March 22, 2009) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team used three goals apiece from senior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) and freshman Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) to snap a five-game losing streak and open up Northeast Conference play with a 9-8 win at Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats out shot SHU 28-19 but Pioneer junior goalie Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) turned in a 14 save afternoon, 10 in the first half, to lead the way.

The Pioneers (2-5, 1-0 NEC) used four-straight goals to erase a two-goal second half deficit en route to the win in a rematch of last season's NEC Championship game, a 15-14 Sacred Heart victory. Both Montesarchio and Fuchs also added assists to their three goals while senior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) tacked on two markers with an assist as well.

Quinnipiac (4-2, 1-1 NEC) used a fast start to take command early, running off a 3-0 lead in the game's first six and a half minutes. Marissa Caroleo scored the game's first goal at 27:28, unassisted, while Ashley Valentine scored back-to-back, hitting on a Christine Sinnigen feed and an 8meter opportunity.

The Bobcats held the Pioneers without a shot for nearly the first 14 minutes of action before SHU would finally crack the scoring column at the 16:42 mark as Fuchs buried her first off a pass from Montesarchio on the team's first shot of the afternoon. Williams scored unassisted at 13:26 to cut the lead to 3-2 before QU would tack on two more goals over the next four minutes to take a 5-2 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the half.

Fuchs ended QU's run with her second goal at 8:52, this time off a feed from Williams. SHU finished off the last nine minutes with two more goals, one from freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) and the first off the stick of Montesarchio with 1:25 left to send the teams into the locker room knotted at 5-5. The Bobcats held a distinct advantage on shots over the first 30 minutes, 20-9, but Wagner helped keep QU at bay turning away 10 attempts.

Quinnipiac jumped out in the second half much like the opened the game scoring a pair of quick goals to retake the lead. Valentine buried her third of the afternoon at 27:39 followed by Tiffany Manzi scoring an 8meter attempt at 26:40 for a 7-5 lead. That would be it for the Bobcat offense for the next 22 minutes as the Pioneers took full advantage with a 4-0 run to grab control of the game.

Montesarchio started the rally with two-straight, scoring unassisted at 23:15 and off a pass from Fuchs at 20:17 to tie the game at 7-7. Williams buried her second unassisted goal of the afternoon at 12:27 to give Sacred Heart their first lead of the day and Fuchs made it a two-goal advantage with 7:28 left, her third, unassisted.

Quinnipiac was able to pull within one as Nicole Fiore scored at 4:34 but the Pioneer defense stood tall down the stretch and SHU was able to hold the ball for the final minute of action to seal the win.

The Pioneers will close out a three-game road swing on Tuesday afternoon when they head to Lafayette for a 4:00 pm start. SHU will return to NEC play on Campus Field next weekend hosting Long Island on Friday followed by a match-up with future conference member Bryant on Sunday afternoon.

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