March 5, 2011

Pioneer Women’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short Falling to Manhattan, 9-8

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 5, 2011) – Sacred Heart sophomore goalkeeper Megan Pepe (Westhampton, NY) turned in 14 saves but Manhattan sophomore goalie Julia DiBernardo made 15, the last coming with five seconds left to preserve a 9-8 Jaspers win Saturday afternoon on Campus Field.  Sacred Heart senior Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) scored three goals with five caused turnovers and four ground balls in the loss.

Manhattan (2-1) opened the scoring just 1:44 into play on a Tara Convery 8-meter goal.  The two teams struggled to find offense until the Pioneers finally broke through with 12:12 left in the half.  Sophomore Emily Pepe (Westhampton, NY) scored back-to-back unassisted goals and the Pioneers got off on a four-goal spurt.  Junior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) buried a feed from fellow junior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) at 8:02 to put SHU up 3-1.

Rochler made it 4-1 Sacred heart just 17 seconds later when she converted on a pass from junior Katie Gerhard (Centennial, CO).  The Jaspers ended their scoreless drought and took back some momentum heading into the half.  Freshman Carly Eskenazi scored unassisted at 6:36 and then converted an 8-meter attempt with 32 seconds left to pull the Jaspers within 4-3 at the break.

Manhattan's Phelicia VanOverbeke led the Jaspers in the opening minutes of the second half creating three goals off her defense.  VanOverbeke fed Toscano just 57 seconds into play after creating a SHU turnover and converting in transition.  The senior midfielder then converted a pair of unassisted goals, both off Pioneer turnovers to put her team up 6-5 with 26:29 left, forcing a SHU timeout.  The Jaspers made it 7-5 with 15:43 left as Julia Lavelle scored unassisted.

The Pioneers (1-2) pulled even on a pair of 8-meter goals, the first coming off the stick of junior Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY) at 14:05.  Ingrilli knotted it at 7-7 converting from 8-meters at 10:25.  Manhattan took the lead back with 2:30 left in the game.  The Pioneers turned it over on a missed pass where Manhattan's Breana Leonard scooping the ball and making a full-field dash to goal where she beat Pepe.  Julia Lavelle tacked on what would be a huge insurance goal at 1:30, scoring off her own rebounded miss.

SHU looked for a last second comeback to force overtime and got one goal back when Ingrilli beat DiBernardo off a feed from Pepe.  SHU won the ensuing draw and set up for one final attack on cage.  The Pioneers were stopped on the doorstep in the closing seconds as DiBernardo turned away a point blank Rochler shot with five second left to preserve the one-goal lead.

Sacred Heart out shot Manhattan 31-23 and forced the Jaspers into seven failed clears.  Emily Pepe finished with two goals and an assist in the loss.

The Pioneers will take on their third-straight MAAC opponent when they head across town on Wednesday afternoon to take on the Fairfield Stags at 3 pm.

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