April 3, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 3, 2009) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers got 10 points from junior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) while holding Robert Morris scoreless for the last 41:08 of the game to improve to 3-0 in the Northeast Conference with a 15-4 win Friday afternoon on a foggy Campus Field. Hauser buried a career-high six goals and added four assists as the Pioneers posted their fifth-straight win to move to 6-5 on the season.
SHU (6-5, 3-0 NEC) wasted little time in getting their offense untracked as Hauser played a role in the Pioneers' first three scores, all in the first 1:16 of play. Hauser set up freshman Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY), who finished with three goals, for the game's opening score just 32 seconds into play. SHU took the ensuing draw and Hauser finished off a pass from senior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) just 21 seconds later. Hauser made it a 3-0 Sacred Heart lead with an 8meter goal at 28:44 forcing a Robert Morris timeout.
The Colonials (5-6, 1-2 NEC) used the time out to settle in and got their offense on track, scoring three of the next four goals. Kara Blakeley notched her 26th of the year at 27:51 to put her team on the board and after a Fuchs goal for SHU, Emily Tomlinson and Courtney Sicinski scored back-to-back to pull within 4-3 with 23:41 on the clock.
After a seven goals in less the seven minutes to start the game, both offenses hit a rut for the next seven before Hauser and Fuchs scored at 16:13 and 14:04 for a 6-4 SHU lead. The Colonials scored what proved to be their final goal of the game at 11:08 as Blakeley scored off a feed from Ali Gibbons to pull her team within 6-4. The game again went scoreless, this time for just over eight minutes before Sacred Heart ended the first half with Hauser's fourth and a junior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) from senior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) marker.
Despite holding a 15-13 shot advantage in the first half, Robert Morris failed to convert on eight Sacred Heart failed clears. The second half was all Sacred Heart as the Pioneers out shot the Colonials 13-8 and finished off three-of-four 8meter attempts. Junior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) added six second half saves to her seven first half stops to shut the Colonials out over the final 30 minutes.
Freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) opened the second half scoring with her 15th goal of the season off a pass from Hauser at 24:49. Montesarchio followed at 20:14 with an 8meter goal while Williams answered that with two-straight, one from Hauser and one from 8meters.
Hauser ended the game just like she started it, having a hand in the final three scores of the afternoon. She buried her fifth of the day from 8meters at 10:16 and set up Williams for her third at 8:08 to give SHU a 10-goal advantage. She put the stamp on her career afternoon with 2:59 to go, scoring her sixth of the day and 25th of the year off a pass from Williams, her third assist.
The Pioneers close out a four-game home stand on Sunday afternoon hosting Saint Francis (PA) at 1:00 pm