Women’s Lacrosse Drops NEC Opener to Bryant, 20-8

Women’s Lacrosse Drops NEC Opener to Bryant, 20-8

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team fell at home to Bryant, 20-8, in the Pioneers' first Northeast Conference game of the season on Friday afternoon from Campus Field. The loss drops SHU to 1-9 on the season while Bryant evens their overall record at 5-5.

Lydia Werlau pumped in four of the eight Pioneer goals for her fourth hat trick of the season while the defensive duo of Claire McElhenny (five draw controls, three caused turnovers) and Elizabeth Small (three caused turnovers, three ground balls) were heavily involved in the action for SHU.

Bryant 20 / Sacred Heart 8

Sacred Heart (1-9, 0-1 NEC) / Bryant (4-5, 1-0 NEC)

Campus Field / Fairfield, Conn.

First Half (10-3 BRY)

  • Bryant jumped out to a dominating 7-0 lead just 10:29 into the game
  • SHU answered with consecutive Werlau goals to cut into the lead and make it 7-2 with 10:57 left in the half
  • After Bryant's Jess DeMeo scored to make it 8-2 Bulldogs, SHU junior midfielder Olivia Millard replaced Amy Cadle for her first career action in the cage for the Pioneers
  • Normally a midfielder, Millard was forced into duty today as the Pioneers were playing without their injured starter Shana Hecht
  • Millard made quite the impact in the early going, posting four straight saves to stymie the Bryant attack
  • The momentum was felt on the other end as Hanna Wise found the back of the net for her team-leading 19th goal of the season to cut the margin back to five
  • Bryant, however, snapped the Millard save streak down the stretch and pushed their advantage to 10-3 at the half

Second Half (20-8 BRY)

  • Taylor Sweeney cashed in on a great feed from Sydney Ericson behind the cage as an immediate Pioneer response to start the second half made it 10-4
  • The six-goal margin, however, was as close as the Pioneers would get to the lead in the second half as Bryant rode a 6-1 run that made it 16-5 with 18:43 remaining
  • Werlau added two more goals in the second half of play while Cassie Cesario netted one and Nicole Holder notched her first goal of the season before the final horn sounded on a 20-8 Bulldog victory


  • Werlau continues to shine in her rookie season as her four-goal total moves her season total to 17 (second on the team) while upping her point total to 21 which is tied with Cesario for the team-lead
  • Werlau continues her point streak which now sits at nine straight as the rookie has chipped in at least one point in all nine appearances to start her career
  • Werlau's goal-scoring in particular has been trending upwards of late, as the freshman has at least one goal scored in five straight games while she has scored 12 goals across the last four games
  • Ericson's two assists ups her team-leading total to nine on the season
  • Cesario posted one goal and one assist on the day to move her point streak to seven straight contests (20 points in those seven games)
  • McElhenny racked up a pair of career-highs as the rookie went for five draw controls and three caused turnovers
  • The five draw controls for McElhenny represents the highest single-game total for a Pioneer this season
  • McElhenny now sits tied with Small for the team-lead with 13 draw controls on the season while she is second on the team with 13 caused turnovers
  • Small continues to produce on the defensive end as she added three caused turnovers to her team-leading total of 21 this season while her three ground balls ups her season total to 20 (third on the team)
  • Holder notched her first goal of the season while Kerri Metzler dished out her second assist of the season and Grace Reinold added her first career point with an assist on one of Werlau's goals in the first half
  • Millard finished the day with six saves playing in relief duty while Cadle finished the game with two saves in the cage for the Pioneers

The Pioneers host CCSU on Sunday for Senior Day at Campus Field with the opening draw set for 1:00 PM.