Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart opens its season with a pair of games at Maine on Friday night at 7:00 pm and Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. The Pioneers are coming off a 13-16-2 campaign in 2008-09, while the Black Bears finished last season 5-23-5.
About Sacred Heart... Junior forward Lauren Fontaine looks to lead the Pioneer offense after producing 19 goals and 17 assists in her sophomore season. Classmate Taryn Lapierre finished fourth in scoring for SHU last season with seven goals and 14 assists. Senior captain Kate Dunlop returns after scoring nine goals and adding nine assists a year ago. Sophomore goaltender Raelene Sydor becomes the starter for SHU after appearing in seven games with a save percentage of .787.
Scouting the Black Bears... Last season’s leading goal-scorer, junior foward Jennie Gallo returns for Maine. Gallo tallied a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists to total 23 points. Senior defender and assistant captain Lexie Hoffmeyer looks to anchor the defense and build on her four goal, 14 assist season from a year ago. Classmate Jenna Ouellete contributed regularly to the Black Bears offense as she scored nine goals and assisted on nine others. Sophomore goaltender Candice Currier takes over in between the pipes after appearing in four games as a freshman.
Last Time They Met... Sacred Heart and Maine split a series in Orono in October last season. The Pioneers took the first game, backed by goals from Dunlop, Fontaine, and Nicole Palazzo, 3-2. The Black Bears took game two 11-1.
2008-09 in Review... Gina Arnone finished her career second all-time in points (127) and goals (75) with the Pioneers. She scored the second most goals in a season leading the team with 24. Goaltender Amanda Nagel set the single-season mark for saves with 950 in her only season for SHU. As a team, the Pioneers achieved wins over Maine and Robert Morris for the first time in program history. The season ended with a 4-2 loss in the ECAC Open Tournament final to Holy Cross. Fontaine scored both goals for Sacred Heart.