Pioneers Win in Triple OT on Rochler's Third of the Day
April 14, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sophomore attack Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, N.Y.) ended a marathon game against Lafayette by finding the back of the net, scoring with just 1:02 remaining in the third overtime period, to give the Pioneers a 15-14 win at Campus Field Wednesday afternoon. The win extended SHU's record-long win streak to nine straight. Sacred Heart stands at 11-4 heading into their final game of the regular season, while the Leopards dropped to 3-12.
Lafayette senior Maria Drehwing netted a goal with 8:27 left on the clock in the first half to give the Leopards a 6-1 lead. Freshmen Cammie Linville and Addie Godfrey contributed two goals apiece in the early going.
SHU cut the deficit to two goals by halftime as they outscored the Leopards 4-1 down the stretch. Rochler tallied her first two scores of the game in an effort to trim the Lafayette lead.
The Pioneers opened the second stanza with three straight, in the span of 1:03, to give them their first lead of the afternoon. Godfrey put one in the net to knot the game at eight. Senior attack Carissa Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) and sophomore Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, N.Y.) each posted a goal for SHU to give the Pioneers a 10-8 lead.
The game continued to go back and forth as there were five more tied and three lead changes before overtime. Senior midfielder Cori Horelik (South Windsor, Conn.) scored for the Pioneers with 1:58 left in regulation to tie the game at fourteen and force overtime.
Senior Laurine Stafin (Spring Lake, N.J.) started in net for SHU and made eight saves while allowing eight goals in 38:24 between the pipes. She was relieved by classmate Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, Colo.). Wagner saved two shots, gave up six goals, and earned the win with 32:34 played. For Lafayette, senior Emily Bjork (Westborough, Mass.) made 15 saves.
Rochler, Horelik, and sophomore Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, N.Y.) all registered a hat trick. Hauser led the Red & White with four scores and a pair of assists, while Horelik and senior Jackie Pierce (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) added three assists apiece. Godfrey led all scorers with six goals.
For the game the Pioneers outshot the Leopards 41-31. However, Lafayette converted on five of nine free-position opportunities, while Sacred Heart only scored twice in seven chances.
Sacred Heart faces off against Quinnipiac, in a showdown of undefeated NEC teams, for a right to host the conference tournament this Saturday at 7:00 pm on Campus Field.