March 25, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CT (March 25, 2008) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers got four goals apiece from senior Katie Salamone (Baltimore, MD) and junior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) along with a career-high seven assists from junior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) en route to a season-high 17 goals afternoon beating Lafayette, 17-10. The Pioneers used a 7-1 run in the second half to break open an 8-5 game at the half and even their record a 5-5 on the year.
The Leopards (0-8) struck first, taking the opening draw and racing in for an Emily Archibald unassisted tally 34 seconds in. The Pioneers answered that with a 5-0 run that featured a pair of goals from junior Meghan McCaffrey (Garden City, NJ) as well as markers from senior Liz Ottey (Baltimore, MD), freshman Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) and Montesarchio, who assisted on two scores during the run.
Lafayette halted the rally at 20:11 with a Kristin Ruminski from Maddy Booth goal and the Leopards got some momentum back pulling within a pair of goals with 14:38 left. Ruminski returned the favor to Booth setting her up at 14:48 and the won the ensuing draw, racing all the way in for her second goal of the afternoon just 10 seconds later.
The Pioneers (5-5) righted the ship and pushed their lead back to four goals with scored by Ingrilli and junior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) at 8:20 and 1:09 but it was the Leopards closed the half like they started it with Archibald netting another unassisted goal with 19 ticks left.
Sacred Heart wasted little time in grabbing control of the game in the second half, outscoring the Leopards 7-1 over the first 15 minutes of play to open up an insurmountable 15-6 lead. Ottey and Salamone opened the half with goals at 28:54 and 27:35 before Lafayette's Lauren Brown briefly interrupted SHU's scoring barrage. From there, it was the Montesarchio show offensively as the junior captain set up five-straight goals on the run, feeding Williams twice, Ottey, Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) and Salamone.
Salamone tacked on her third and fourth of the day to close out the SHU scoring as the Pioneers coasted to the win. The Leopards got three goals and an assist each from Ruminski and Booth in the loss.
In goal, SHU's Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) was stout stopping 12 shots while allowing eight goals. Sophomore Laurine Stafin (Spring Lake, NJ) came in late in relief and made a pair of stops. Ottey finished with three goals and an assist while both McCaffrey and Ingrilli found the back of the cage twice.
The Pioneers return to Northeast Conference play this weekend with a trip to Western Pennsylvania. SHU will make a visit to Robert Morris on Friday afternoon and head back through Saint Francis (PA) on Sunday.