April 23, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University women’s lacrosse team advanced to the title game of the Northeast Conference Woman’s Lacrosse Tournament after defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 14-5, on Campus Field Friday afternoon. The Pioneers extended their record-long win streak to 11 games and improved to 13-4 on the season, while the Mountaineers finished the season 8-9.
By the midway point of the first half, SHU had raced out to a 4-0 lead. Senior defender Jackie Pierce (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) netted the first goal of the game at 22:52 and less than one minute later sophomore Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, N.Y.) put the Pioneers up by two. Senior attack Carissa Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) tallied her 41st and 42nd scored of the year to put the SHU lead at four.
Sophomore Jen Selmer got The Mount on the board with 13:31 remaining in the first. After Pioneer sophomore Kaitlin Rochler (Shoreham, N.Y.) scored her first of the game, junior Alexis Salerno scored for Mount St. Mary’s to make it 5-2. SHU would score the next three, including two by sophomore Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, N.Y.), to go up 8-2 at the break.
The Pioneers quickly extended the lead to nine as they netted three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second frame. Freshman Jordan Certeza answered with a pair of goals for the Mountaineers to keep SHU from running away with the game. However, Rochler were added her third and fourth scores of the day to put the Pioneer lead back to nine.
Rochler led the way for SHU with four goals and an assists. Pierce and Fuchs posted a pair of goals and a pair of assists apiece. Hauser netted a hat trick, while Kmiotek registered two goals and an assist.
In net, senior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, Colo.) made 14 saves, while only allowing five goals. For Mount St. Mary’s, sophomore Brigid McTavish stopped seven shots.
Sacred Heart outshot The Mount 24-20 and was successful on 19 of 20 clear attempts. The Pioneers converted on three free position opportunities, while the Mountaineers scored only two.
In game two of the semifinals, Quinnipiac defeated Monmouth, 8-4, on Campus Field to move into the NEC Championship. The Pioneers and Bobcats are set to draw for the title at 1:00 pm on Sunday at campus Field.