Bridgeport, CT – The Sacred Heart women's hockey team closed out their home schedule on a high note, taking down the University of New England (UNE), 7-0, Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. SHU goalie Alexius Schutt notched the shutout win for the Pioneers, making 34 saves on the afternoon. Seniors Sarah Delaney (Whitman, MA), Maura Leahy (Ashburnham, MA), and Jennifer Hasson (Quakertown, PA) were all honored in a pregame ceremony before their last home game as a Pioneer.
Sacred Heart and New England played an extremely tight first period with UNE narrowly outshooting the Pioneers 18-17.Sacred Heart goalie Alexius Schutt (Elk River, MN) played well for the Pioneers, blocking all shots that came her way. Sacred Heart was able to strike first at 16:17 of the first period, a goal by sophomore Meaghan Souza (Wilmington, MA). Souza was assisted by sophomore Alex Davis (Pembroke, MA) and sophomore Natasha Klinoff (Concord, MA).
Sacred Heart put some distance between them and UNE in the second period, adding two more goals and Schutt blocking 11 more Nor'easter shots. Davis scored the Pioneers' second goal at 12:07 of the second, with the assist credited to Delaney. Sophomore Briana Connolly (Duxbury, MA) put the Pioneers up 3-0 with a goal at 15:30 of the second period. Connolly was helped out by sophomore Alanna Woodford (Scituate, MA) sophomore Cara Curran (Westfield, MA).
The Pioneers piled it on New England in the third period, adding four goals to their lead to bury the Nor'easters, 7-0. Sophomore Melissa Robbins scored the first goal of the period, unassisted, at 3:22 of the third period. Klinoff added the next goal for SHU, a shorthanded tally at 5:15 of the third period. Klinoff was assisted by Robbins and junior Catie Ladner (Chaska, MN). Curran put in the sixth goal for the Pioneers, helped out by senior Maura Leahy. The 7th and final goal for the Pioneers was knocked in by senior Jennifer Hasson deflecting fellow senior Sarah Delaney's shot into the top of the net.
The Pioneers were particularly stout on the penalty kill, not allowing a goal on five power play chances for the Nor'easters.
Sacred Heart is back in action next weekend at Franklin Pierce. SHU is 3-0 against the Ravens this season.