March 24, 2009
EASTON, Pa. (March 24, 2009) - The Sacrd Heart trio of seniors Mary Montesarshio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) and Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) and junior Carisa Hauser (East Northport, NY) recorded five points apiece to lead the Pioneers past Lafayette College, 12-9, Tuesday afternoon in women's lacrosse action. Montesarchio tallied four goals with an assist to lead the way as SHU improved to 3-5.
Sacred Heart (3-5) took advantage of a pair of 5-0 runs in each half to hold off a Leopard squad in search of their first win on the year. Lafayette (0-10) struck first on a Michaela Corn goal just two and a half minutes in but the Pioneers would keep the Leopards off the scoreboard for a little over nine minutes as they built their first run of the afternoon.
Montesarchio started a 5-0 rally with her first of the day off a pass from Williams at 27:15. The senior co-captain finished off the run at the 20:13 mark burying her second, again off a feed from Williams. In between, SHU rang up goals off the sticks of Hauser, freshman Alicia Fuchs () and Williams for a 5-1 advantage.
Lafayette answered with a run of their own and pulled the game even thanks to four-straight from four different players in the span of just three minutes. SHU junior Cori Horelik (Bay Shore, NY) put the Pioneers back in front, 6-5, at 8:27 with an unassisted score but the Leopards would send the game into the half tied thanks to Emily Archibald's second of the day. The Leopards took their first lead since 1-0 after nearly 10 minutes of scoreless action out of the break with Corn hitting on her second unassisted marker of the game.
Sacred Heart took control from there and over the next eight minutes of action rang off five-straight to take the lead back for good. Montesarchio again started the rally, scoring on an 8meter attempt at 18:55. Williams answered with an unassisted goal at 16:30 followed by Montesarchio's fourth off a pass from Hauser at 14:51 to go in front 9-7.
Fuchs tacked on her second of the game off Hauser's fourth assist of the day at 13:45 and Hauser ended the run burying a feed from freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) at 12:07 fot an 11-7 advantage. Julie Bateman finally ended the Pioneer rally at 6:53 with an 8meter goal but SHU put the game out of reach when Williams tallied her third with just under two to play.
In addition to Montesarchio's five point day, Williams scored three times and assisted on two others while Hauser scored a pair with three helpers. Junior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) was once again solid in goal, turning away 11 shots to collect the win.
The Pioneers out shot the Leopards 27-23 in the win.
SHU returns to Campus Field this Friday, March 27th when they host Long Island in a Northeast Conference match-up at 3:00 pm.