Sacred Heart Clinches NEC Playoff Spot with 17-8 Win at Wagner
April 6, 2008
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (April 6, 2008) - Sacred Heart freshman Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) scored a career-high five goals to lead the Pioneers to a 17-8 win at Wagner, clinching a berth in the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Pioneers also set a new Division I record for consecutive wins with their seventh-straight victory Sunday afternoon improving to 9-5 overall and remaining perfect in NEC play at 6-0.
Wagner (1-10, 1-4 NEC) made the Pioneers work for their seventh-straight win Sunday, scoring on the game's first possession, just 22 seconds in on a Terri Noll unassisted tally. Back-to-back SHU goals by junior Meghan McCaffrey (Garden City, NY) and sophomore Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) gave the Pioneers a short lived 2-1 lead at 27:07 but Wagner would answer right back.
Three-straight Seahawk goals, two by Cara Gonzalez, put Wagner up 4-2 at the 17 minute mark, forcing a Sacred Heart timeout. The Pioneers responded in a big way and rattled off eight-straight goals over a span of 13 minutes to go up 10-4 and threatening to run away with it before the half. Ingrilli started the run at 16:17 with an unassisted goal while Hauser tallied three and assisted on another on the run, ending it at 4:51 for a 10-4 lead. The Seahawks ended the SHU rally on their next possession as Noll buried one unassisted while senior Katie Salamone (Baltimore, MD) answered right back with an 8meter goal at 3:10.
The Pioneers (9-5, 6-0 NEC) couldn't hold off the Seahawks from making a late run to the end the half as the Seahawks closed with a Gonzales goal at 1:19 and a Kelly Blundin unassisted marker with four ticks left to go into the break trailing SHU 11-7. Wagner struck again to open the second half, pulling within three, 11-8, just over three minutes in on Noll's third but that was as close as the Seahawks would get.
SHU rang off six-straight starting at 25:49 on McCaffrey's second to come away with the win. Ingrilli scored three of her five goals in the second half as the Pioneers out shot Wagner 15-9 in the second half while forcing 10 turnovers and five broken clears. Sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made six of her 11 saves in the second half to help keep the Seahawks at bay and allow the Pioneers to pull away.
Junior Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) three goals and added an assist to bring her season totals to a team-leading 33 goals with eight assists. Fellow junior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) scored once and passed out four assists raising her school record season total to 30 on the year. Hauser finished with three goals and a helper while both seniors Salamone and Liz Ottey (Baltimore, MD) scored one and assisted on another in the win.
Sacred Heart will return home to Campus Field after spending the last two weeks on the road and play host to instate rival Quinnipiac on Friday, April 11th. A Pioneer win against the Bobcats would clinch the #1 seed and the right to host the NEC Tournament at the end of April