April 17, 2009
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (April 17, 2009) - The senior tandem of Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) and Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) scored four goals and dished a pair of assists each to lead the Sacred Heart Pioneers past Central Connecticut State, 12-4, Friday afternoon in Northeast Conference women's lacrosse action. The Pioneers will host Wagner on Sunday and can claim at least a share of the 2009 NEC regular season title and stay in the hunt for the right to host the conference tournament with a win.
The Pioneers improved to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in the league with Friday's win while the Blue Devils closed their season at 1-15 and 1-7 in the NEC. SHU held a 34-25 advantage on shots while out shooting CCSU 16-9 on their way to breaking open a two-goal game at the half.
The Blue Devils struck first and wasted little time in doing it as Lyndsey Mastandrea scored unassisted just one minute into play. Montesarchio and Williams scored and set up each other for the Pioneers first two goals to lead 2-1 10 minutes in. Central pulled even on a Michele Conway unassisted marker at 18:07 but the Pioneers used a three goal run while keeping the Blue Devils off the scoreboard over the next 15 minutes.
Junior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) scored unassisted followed by Williams and Montesarchio for a 5-2 lead with just under 10 minutes on the clock. Hauser collected her first of two helpers on the day assisting on the Montesarchio tally. CCSU, who got off 16 shots in the first half and forced SHU goalie Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) to make six saves, pulled within 5-3 thanks to a Alexa Smead goal to end the half.
Sacred Heart put the game away over the first 15 minutes of the second half, using a six-goal rally to take a commanding 11-3 lead. Montesarchio started the run at 28:53 and Williams ended it at 14:37, both scoring twice during the six-score jaunt. Williams hit on a pair of 8meter attempts while Montesarchio hit on one as well. Freshman Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) scored unassisted while junior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) buried a feed from Montesarchio.
Central Connecticut ended the run as Stephanie John posted an unassisted goal at 12:52 but the SHU's Fuchs added her second with 2:47 left to produce the final, 12-4. SHU's Wagner added five more saves to finish with 11 stops in the cage while also causing five turnovers and picking up four grounders.
Williams filled out her stat line with three draw wins, three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Sunday's match-up with Wagner will close out the regular season as the Pioneers celebrate "Senior Day" honoring their three graduating seniors, Montesarchio, Williams and Erika Spadafora (Saratoga Spring, NY), before the game. Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 pm