April 22, 2010
Setting the Scene... After completing a perfect 9-0 mark in the Northeast Conference, #1 Sacred Heart hosts the NEC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament for the second straight year. The Pioneers take on #4 Mount St. Mary’s in the semifinal round at 12:00 pm on Friday at Campus Field. The winner moves on to play the winner of #2 Quinnipiac vs. #3 Monmouth at 1:00 pm, Sunday April 25.
About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart enters the NEC Tournament riding a school-record 10 game winning streak. This is the team’s fifth straight appearance in conference post season play. Senior goalie Chelsea Wagner leads the nation in save percentage at .585. She is also eighth in the nation in goals against average at 7.97 and 11th in saves per game with 10.4. Classmate Carissa Hauser has posted a team-high 70 points on 40 goals and a team-leading 30 assists. She conlucded the regular season tops in the NEC with 4.67 points per game and second in assists per game at 2.00. Sophomore Kate Kmiotek is the leading goal scorer for SHU with 43 and has added eight assists. Senior Cori Horelik has contributed 28 goals and picked up 11 assists.
Scouting The Mount... The Mountaineers won a pair of road contests, 11-5 at Wagner and 18-10 at Long Island, to clinch a spot in the NEC Tournament. Overall, Mount St. Mary’s is 8-8 and finished 6-3 in conference play. Senior Ashley Johnson leads the attack with 49 goals and 10 assists to total 59 points. Freshman Jordan Certeza has a team-high 23 assists to go with 20 goals of her own. Senior Emily Kirby has added 20 goals and 13 assists. Sophomore Brigid McTavish has started all 16 games in the cage and has accumulated 133 saves and posts a 9.74 GAA.
Last Time vs. MSM... SHU took down The Mount, 9-7 in overtime, back on April 1. The game featured six ties and five lead changes before the Pioneers prevailed on OT goals by Hauser and fellow senior Farra Coppola. Horelik tallied a game high three goals, while Wagner made 11 saves in net. Johnson scored twice and added an assist for the Mountaineers.
Scouting Quinnipiac... The Bobcats completed the regular season 9-6 overall and 8-1 in the NEC. Senior Katie Latonick leads the team in points with 62, on 22 goals and a team-high 40 assists. Sophomore Devon Gibney is the team’s leading goal scorer with 38 to go with 10 helpers. Junior Lauren Matuszczak has netted 25 scores and added 10 assists. In between the pipes, junior Lexi DeStefano holds a .507 save percentage and 8.10 GAA.
Last Time vs. The Bobcats... Despite trailing for much of the game the Pioneers prevailed 9-5 last Saturday. SHU grabbed its first lead of the game, at 5-4, with 6:02 remaining when sophomore Kmiotek tallied her third score of the night. The Bobcats came right back a minute later to tie the game on Gibney’s second of the contest. With 3:47 to go, Horelik scored on a free position shot to put the Pioneers ahead for good. SHU would go on to add three more scores and put the game out of reach. In the first half, Kmiotek got the Pioneers on the board first when she intercepted a pass on a clear attempt by QU. She immediately took the ball to the net and scored. The Bobcats outscored SHU 3-0 the rest of the way to take a 3-1 advantage at halftime. Later in the second, Horelik found the back of the net with the game winner. Her fourth goal was also a free position opportunity. In net, Wagner made nine saves to record the win for SHU. For QU, DeStefano stopped three shots.
Scouting Monmouth... The Hawks enter post season play at 9-8 and 7-2 in the NEC. Seniors Ali Pollock and Shawn Evans have scored 35 goals apiece. Pollock has recorded a team-high 13 assists, while Evans has added 10. Classmate Megan Brennan is third in scoring with 27 goals and seven assists. Junior Kirby Mundorf has started all 17 games in net and holds a 10.36 GAA, while making 142 saves.
Last Time vs. The Hawks... SHU defeated Monmouth, 8-5 at home, on April 3. Down 3-2 at the break, the Pioneers outscored the Hawks 6-2 in the second half. Hauser totalled four scores and two assists in the win. Kmiotek added two goals and an assist, while Wagner made 13 stops in the cage. Evans notched a pair of goals for MU. In net, Mundorf gathered nine saves.
In the Cage... Senior Chelsea Wagner has been named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week three times this season. Her most recent came on April 19, it was also the sixth such honor of her career. On April 6, Wagner was named the WomensLacrosse.com Division I Defensive Player of the Week. She posted 24 saves and gave up just 12 games in wins over The Mount and Monmouth.
On the Offensive... Senior attack Carissa Hauser has tallied 211 points in her four season for the Red & White. She has 131 goals to go with 80 assists. In each year, she Hauser has scored at least 24 goals. Coming into the NEC Tournament her totals of 41 goals and 31 assists from 2009 are both career-highs. Twice this season she was honored as the NEC Player of the Week.