May 8, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 8, 2010) – The Sacred Heart University women’s lacrosse team fell to the United State Naval Academy, 12-2, in the NCAA Play-In Game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped a school-record long 12 game win streak.
The Midshipmen, champions of the Patriot League, raised their record to 17-3 on the season and will advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. For the Pioneers, they finish the year 14-5. It is the third straight season that SHU has lost in the NCAA Play-In Game, following their third straight Northeast Conference championship.
The game went scoreless for the first eight minutes until Navy senior Erin Rawlick got the Midshipmen off and running. She scored her first of the day on a free-position opportunity 8:12 into the contest. Two minutes later sophomore Danielle Vivonetto scored, from freshman Kathy Young, to put Navy up 2-0.
After another eight minute stretch without a goal, SHU sophomore Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) put the Pioneers on the board. Rochler received a pass from classmate Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) to the left of the goal and charged and shot low to beat Midshipmen sophomore netminder Elaina Ponchione.
Navy countered with four more scores, including two by junior Katrina Nietsch within a 38 second span, to go up 6-1. Pioneer senior attack Carissa Hauser found the back of the net with 2:01 left in the half. She appeared to score again, just 11 second later, but was called for a crease violation and the goal was disallowed.
In the second half, the Midshipmen held Sacred Heart scoreless. Sophomore Madison Bell and freshman Kathy Young scored twice each for Navy.
Vivonetto finished the game with three goals, pushing her season total to 62. Ponchione made four saves, while allowing just two goals, to earn the win. In the cage for the Pioneers, senior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) stopped six shots.
Hauser finished the season with the team lead for points with 79. She tied with Kmiotek for a team-high 47 goals to go with 32 assists. Wagner totaled 173 saves, a .577 save percentage, and a 13-4 record.
The box score indicates a much closer game than the result shows. Navy outshot Sacred Heart 22-15 and held a slight 17-14 advantage in groundballs. The Pioneers were also minus one in the turnover battle.