Sacred Heart Pioneers Streak Past Bryant Bulldogs, 19-9

March 29, 2009

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FAIRFIELD, CT (March 29, 2009) - The Sacred Heart offense posted a season-high 19 goals led by senior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) six scores en route to a 19-9 win over Bryant University Sunday afternoon on Campus Field. The Pioneers opened up a four-goal halftime lead by outscoring the Bulldogs 10-4 in the second half to win their fourth-straight game in the span of seven days, evening their record at 5-5.

Bryant (2-6) struck first just over a minute into play as Mary Green buried a feed from Lauren Sheridan for a quick 1-0 lead. The Pioneer offense began to take the game over starting with two goals just 20 seconds apart at 26:32 and 26:12 by junior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) and Williams. SHU made it 4-1 as Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) hit an 8meter attempts and freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) finished off a four-goal spurt at 21:26.

The Bulldogs pulled back within one, 4-3, as Delia Glover and Lauren Albert scored back to back. Williams answered Albert's goal 50 seconds later with her second and added another at 11:22, both unassisted, for a 6-3 SHU lead. The two teams traded 8meter goals before Williams made it four first-half goals burying a feed from Hauser to make it 8-4 Sacred Heart with 6:43 left in the half. After another Bryant goal cut it back to a three-goal SHU lead, the Pioneers pushed it back to four just before halftime as Hauser buried her second from Williams with just 33 ticks left.

The Pioneers (5-5) put the game in the second half's first 11 minutes of play, using seven-straight goals to build an insurmountable lead. Bryant struck first with a Faiola goal at 27:53 but Montesarchio started the 7-0 rally just 51 seconds later scoring unassisted. Williams buried her fifth and sixth of the day on the run, both from freshman Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) while both freshman Mary LaGrassa (Massapequa, NY) and junior Jackie Pierce (Cortlandt Manor, NY) each notched their first goals of the season.

With Sacred Heart up 16-6 with just over 19 minutes to play, Bryant finally got back in the scoring column with consecutive markers by Sheridan and Green, her third, at 15:55 and 12:15. SHU put to rest any doubt as sophomore Nicole Messina (Smithtown, NY) scored her first of the year followed by a pair from junior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT), her second and third of the second half, for a 19-8 lead with 2:28 left.

SHU finished the afternoon with a 37-23 advantage on shots while converting four of five 8metter free-position attempts. The Pioneers forced 25 turnovers in the win and were led defensively by Kmiotek who finished the day with seven caused turnovers and four ground balls to go with a goal and three draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made 10 saves, nine in the second half, to earn the win.

Montesarchio finished with three goals and an assist while picking up a game-high five grounders. Hauser notched a pair of goals to go with three assists with five draw controls.

The Pioneers stay at home next weekend in hosting Robert Morris and Saint Francis (PA) in NEC play.

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