FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team dropped a 15-3 decision to Robert Morris on Thursday afternoon from Campus Field. The Pioneers fall to 2-11 overall and 1-3 in the NEC while the Colonials move to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Robert Morris 15 / Sacred Heart 3
Sacred Heart (2-11, 1-3 NEC) / Robert Morris (9-4, 2-2 NEC)
Campus Field / Fairfield, Conn.
First Half (9-1 RMU)
- Robert Morris jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 1:33 into play but the SHU defense limited the Colonials without a goal over the next five-plus minutes
- Following the scoreless streak, the Colonials took complete control with five more unanswered goals to extend their lead to 6-0
- Cassie Cesario broke up the RMU scoring streak with 10:29 remaining in the first half as she leapt up to get a stick on a lofted pass from Sydney Ericson that beat RMU's goalkeeper Katelyn Miller low
- Despite the positive momentum, the Pioneers allowed three more RMU goals before the end of the half as the Colonials held an eight-goal advantage
SHU is on the board! Ericson lofts one to Cesario who bounces it in pic.twitter.com/7bm1fdfTIk— SHU Pioneers (@SHUBigRed) April 18, 2019
Second Half (15-3 RMU)
- RMU scored twice to open the second half before consecutive SHU goals brought the deficit back down to eight
- Cesario scored her second of the day, this time on a free position, before dishing to Hanna Wise who corralled the pass in traffic and scoring a spinning finish to make it 11-3 RMU
- The Colonials went on to control the remainder of play with four more unanswered goals to salt away the 15-3 victory
Sweet dish from Cesario ➡️ Wise on the finish �� pic.twitter.com/Gu2FT0X494— SHU Pioneers (@SHUBigRed) April 18, 2019
- Cesario finished with three points (two goals, one assist) as the junior midfielder either scored or assisted on all three SHU goals on the day
- Cesario sits second on the team with 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) through 13 games in the 2019 season
- Wise pumped in her 22nd goal of the season
- Ericson dished out one assist to give her a team-leading 13 on the season
- Taylor Sweeney had herself a career game on the defensive end, racking up career-highs in both ground balls (five) and caused turnovers (four)
- Claire McElhenny tallied three ground balls, four draw controls and one caused turnover on the defensive end
- Elizabeth Small added three ground balls and one caused turnover
- After missing three straight games due to injury, freshman goalkeeper Shana Hecht returned to the cage and posted seven saves, three ground balls and two caused turnovers while playing all 60 minutes
The Pioneers host their final home game of the 2019 season, with an NEC tilt against Saint Francis University on Saturday at 1 PM.