Oct. 22, 2008
The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team put the finishing touches on their 2008 Northeast Conference Championship over "Homecoming Weekend" as the head coach Laura Cook and the Pioneers received their Championship Rings during halftime of the SHU vs. Robert Morris football game. The Pioneers captured their first-ever league title last April when they beat rival Quinnipiac in the championship game, 15-14.
The Pioneer women's lacrosse team along with the Sacred Heart women's bowling team received their rings during a halftime ceremony honoring the players, coaches and support staff for each program. The women's lacrosse team's success also played a key role in the University claiming it's first-ever Northeast Conference Commissioner's Cup last season.
SHU had a magical run in 2008, finishing with a school record 12 wins and a 7-1 NEC mark that earned them the #2 seed in the conference tournament. The Pioneers went on the road to QU and beat #3 seed Monmouth in the quarterfinal round, 12-11, on the strength of three goals from Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT). Sacred Heart brought home the championship trophy with a thrilling 15-14 win over the Bobcats as Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) buried the game-winner with three seconds left to send the Pioneers into NCAA Tournament play.
Williams, a senior captain this season, was named the tournament's MVP. The season was also highlighted by six Pioneers garnering All-NEC honors in Williams, Hauser, Liz Ottey (Baltimore, MD), Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY), Alyssa Harris (Kings Park, NY) and Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY).
Montesarchio, also a senior captain this season, had a record breaking 2008, setting new school marks for assists in season with 38, blowing past the former mark the of 18, and career assists 68 assists. Montesarchio's seven assist afternoon against Lafayette set a new Division I record for assists in a game. Heading into her senior season, Montesarchio leads all active Pioneers with 130 career points on 62 goals and 68 assists.
The 2009 women's lacrosse season will get underway on February 25th as the Pioneers play host to Brown University. SHU will begin the defense of its NEC Championship on March 22nd when they travel to Quinnipiac for a rematch of the title game.