October 31, 2010

Pioneers Fall to Bryant 3-2 in 2 OT Heart-Breaker

(Fairfield, CT) - Dana Luhrs (Milford, PA) scored two goals and Kim Stow (Norwalk, CT) made 13 saves, but Elise Boissoneau's goal with 1:49 to play in the second overtime led the Bryant Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneer field hockey team in the season finale. 

Both teams generated numerous chances in an entertaining game on Senior Day.  Fittingly, fellow seniors Luhrs and Stephanie Fazio (Norwalk, CT) connected twice while the Pioneer senior goalie Stow made a number of difficult saves, including nine in overtime.  However, Boissoneau took a cross from the left from Olivia Jenkins and deposited it into the wide-open goal for the SHU heart-breaker at the 98:11 mark.

Toby Maltz put Bryant on the board first, one-timing a feed from Kayleigh Ballantyne from the left inside of the circle at 15:05.  However, Luhrs tied it at 22:33, one-timing a touch pass by Fazio off a penalty corner set up by Chelsea Carlson (Peterborough, NH).  Bryant went ahead 2-1 at the 60:48 mark on a goal by Olivia Jenkins, who blasted a corner pass from Alex Guisti.  However, Luhrs tied the game almost four minutes later, scoring as she did her first goal, on a blast from inside the circle off a penalty corner set up by Fazio and Carlson at the 64:36 mark.

The Pioneers nearly won the game (Fair Haven, NJ) three minutes into overtime, when Lindsay Kasten barely missed the far post on a one-timer created by a rush down the right side by Karly Duven (Freehold, NJ).  Stow made a couple of her biggest saves in the first overtime, stopping Jankins from in close off a corner at the 7:25 mark and robbing Katherine Andrusin with about six minutes to play in the first OT.  She also stacked the pads to stop Boissoneau at the beginning of the second OT.

Luhrs finishes her season as the Pioneers' second leading scorer, with five goals and three assists for 13 points.  Fazio's two assists boosts her points total to two goals and three assists for seven points.  Stow, who has led the Northeast Conference much of the year in saves, finishes with a total of 163 saves on the season.  Senior defender Jessica Garcia(Freehold, NJ) also played her final game with the Pioneers, making a couple of clutch defensive plays in the circle in the first overtime.