April 5, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 5, 2009) - Sacred Heart got goals for 10 different Pioneers on their way to their sixth-straight win Sunday afternoon, beating Saint Francis (PA) 16-3 to stay unbeaten in the Northeast Conference at 4-0. The Pioneers got five points apiece from senior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) and junior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) in the win, raising their record to 7-5 on the year.
Sacred Heart (7-5, 4-0 NEC) kept the Red Flash off the scoreboard in the first half and over six minutes into the second half resulting in a Pioneer 13-0 advantage. Williams and Hauser, the NEC's top scoring tandem, got the SHU attack started on Sunday contributing the game's first three goals. Williams opened the game with her first of four markers, coming unassisted two minutes in.
The duo flip-flopped on the next two scores with Williams setting up Hauser a minute later and then finishing off her second at 23:45 off a feed from the Pioneers assist leader. Williams added two more goals before the half to finish the day with four scores and an assist. Hauser buried two more before halftime as well, finishing a feed from senior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) and one from freshman Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) just before the break.
Also picking up first half goals was junior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT), who also assisted on a Williams tally, freshman Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) and Fuchs, who hit on a pair of 8meter free position attempts. The second half opened with freshman Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY) scoring her third goal of the year off a feed from Kmiotek and junior Jackie Pierce's (Cortlandt Manor, NY) second goal of the season. Hauser set up Pierce for the score ending her afternoon with three goals and two helpers.
Saint Francis (1-7, 0-5 NEC) picked up three of the next four goals as Kate Simmons, Jenna Rutledge and Sheri Fort all found the back of the cage. The Pioneers closed out the scoring with goals from freshmen Kelli Rutledge (Howell, NJ), her first collegiate score, Aurelie Plujimakers (Freehold, NJ) and Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY).
The Pioneers held a 36-12 advantage on shots and won the ground ball battle, 23-19. Kmiotek led SHU with a game-high seven grounders to go with her three caused turnovers, goal and three assists on afternoon. Junior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made six saves in earning her seventh win of the year.
The Red Flash got a strong outing in goal from Danielle Pokusa who made 13 saves and finished with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. SFU struggled clearing the ball in the loss, finishing just 15 of 24 with 23 turnovers.
Sacred Heart will hit the road for their next three starting Thursday afternoon at Mount St. Mary's. Opening draw is scheduled for 3:00 pm.