April 1, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 1, 2010) - Sacred Heart senior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) scored three goals and fellow senior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) scored the game winner 1:22 in to overtime to lift the Pioneers to their fifth-straight win Thursday afternoon, 9-7 over visiting Mount St. Mary's. The Mount kept Hauser, the Pioneer's leading scorer, off the scoreboard until her unassisted overtime game winner kept SHU unbeaten in the Northeast Conference at 5-0.
The Pioneers (7-4, 5-0 NEC) tied the game with 10:59 left and held the Mount off the scoreboard the last 22 minutes for the win. Senior goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made six of her 11 saves in the second half and overtime to earn the win.
Mount St. Mary's (4-6, 2-2 NEC) scored first on a Lucy Pompa unassisted marker five and half minutes in and built a 4-2 lead by the 18:17 mark. The Pioneers went to work offensively and closed the half with three-straight goals for a 5-4 halftime lead. Horelik scored her first at 17:42 off a feed from sophomore Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) and followed with her second at 12:05 from sophomore Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY). Sophomore Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) put SHU up 5-4 with 5:26 on the clock hitting from a Hauser feed.
Mount wasted little time tying it back up just 56 seconds into the second half as Esther Rufolo scored unassisted. Kmiotek put SHU back up one, 6-5, scoring just 27 second later. The Mountaineers posted back-to-back scores to go up 7-6 with 15:36 left. Emily Kirby scored off a feed from Jordan Certeza at 22:16 and Ashley Johnson set up Certeza at 15:36 for a 7-6 lead.
Horelik pulled the game even at the 10:59 mark, scoring on an 8meter attempt for her third of the game. Each team could manage just one shot in the final 10 minutes of regulation and the Pioneers took control of the ball with 3:28 left looking to hold for the last shot. The Mount locked down on the SHU offense and time ran out before the Pioneers could get a shot off.
Mount St. Mary's took the opening draw of overtime and had a chance to strike first as Pompa was awarded an 8meter attempt 51 seconds in. Wagner stood tall and turned away the Pompa attempt as junior Elizabeth Drehwing (Wyckoff, NJ) scooped up the loose ball and the Pioneers cleared setting up the Hauser marker 30 seconds later. The Mount was able to get off two more shots in the overtime, a Rufolo attempt wide and Johnson's attempt produced Wagner's 11 save of the afternoon.
SHU senior Farra Coppola (Wantagh, NY) tacked on an insurance goal with 56 seconds left and then won the ensuing draw giving the Pioneers the chance to run out the clock.
Sacred Heart will play host to the Monmouth Hawks on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon.