Oct. 17, 2009
BETHANY, CT - Sacred Heart Equestrian team defeated Stonehill College 6-2 in an event held at River's Edge Farm. The Pioneers and Chieftains tied in the jumping phase and SHU took a clean sweep in the flat, earning all four points.
Junior Julie Law led the team with a solid performance in the jumping phase and pulled the judge's MVP pick for the flat test.
"Week after week Julie produces solid performances both in the IHSA events and at the NCAA Varsity Equestrian Competitions," says head coach Sloane Milstein. "From her freshman beginnings with the team, her hard work and dedication shows in and out of the arena- earning respect from myself and her teammates."
The win took on significant meaning for the team with starters Casey Marino and Ali Lyons on the injured list. The team pulled together and, with assistance from sophomore Western riders Colleen Booth and Alyssa Woronik, the Pioneers pulled off the win.
Other highlights from the afternoon included the high score in the jumping phase for Sacred Heart by freshman Devan Beaulieu, and a jumping point being awarded to freshman Grace Smith in her head-to-head match.
Adrianna Dattoli, originally only slotted for a flat spot, was put in as a last-minute substitute for one of the injured jumping riders and pulled off an extremely respectable round.
Sacred Heart will host its next varsity equestrian event on November 7th against Auburn. The matchup with Auburn will include both English and Western events.