SHU Streak Snapped as Mount Deals Pioneers First NEC Loss
April 9, 2009
EMMITSBURG, Md. (April 9, 2009) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team saw their six-game winning streak snapped Thursday afternoon as Mount St. Mary's used eight second half goals to come away with a 12-7 Northeast Conference win while dealing the Pioneers their first league loss. Sacred Heart was the last conference unbeaten as the league heads into this weekend's slate with four teams, SHU, Quinnipiac, Mount and Monmouth, all with just one loss.
Sacred Heart's (7-6, 4-1 NEC) Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT), the NEC's leading scorer, led the Pioneers with three goals and an assist. The Mount (5-9, 5-1 NEC) held the Pioneer's other top scorers, Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) and Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) to just a goal apiece as they held a 12-4 advantage in shots in doubling up SHU in the second half to come away with the win.
The Mount struck first and held the Pioneers off the scoreboard for nearly the first 12 minutes of action. Freshman Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) opened the scoring for SHU off a feed from Williams at 18:14 followed by an 8meter Hauser goal at 13:47 for a 2-1 lead. After trading goals over the next four minutes, the Mount grabbed the lead at the half thanks to Kathleen Rossetti's second and third goals to go to the locker room up 4-3.
The Pioneers tied it right out of the break and went up one thanks to back-to-back markers off the stick of Williams, both in the first 1:17 of play. From there, the Mountaineers took over, rattling off a 5-0 run over 11 minutes to build a 9-5 lead.
Brianna Gauthier started the run and added one more while Roissetti notched her fourth. Gauthier scored her second at 18:48 and Lucy Pompa finished the run off just 17 seconds later for the four goal advantage. The Pioneers finally broke through with a pair of scores at 15:17 and 10:56 from Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) and Montesarchio to pull within 9-7.
The Mount ended any hopes of a SHU comeback however, keeping the Pioneers off the scoreboard for the final 11 minutes while tacking on three more, two from Katelyn Catanese to produce the 12-7 final. The Mount out shot the Pioneers 26-14 on the day and forced 20 SHU turnovers. Sacred Heart struggled on the clear, finishing just 10-of-16.
The Pioneers return to the field this Saturday afternoon when they head to Monmouth for a key NEC match-up.