March 9, 2011

Kmiotek Scores Six but Rival Stags Surge Past Pioneers 19-12

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 9, 2011) - Sacred Heart junior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) scored a career-high six goals but the Fairfield Stags used a 10-1 run in the second half to pull away for a 19-12 win over the Pioneers in a battle of cross-town rivals Wednesday afternoon.  The Pioneers got four goals from freshman Kelsey Russo(Lindenhurst, NY) but fall to 1-3 on the season with the loss.

Fairfield (4-1) got four goals apiece from Melanie Raso and Addie Reilly to lead the way.  Chole Mangan scored five points on three goals and two assists while Raso added an assist to her totals for a five-point afternoon as well.  The Stags held a slim 29-26 shot advantage and forced 19 SHU turnovers.

The Stags struck first just two minutes in and took a 4-1 lead by the midway point of the first half thanks to a pair of goals from Mangan and Reilly.  Kmiotek notched her first at 20:38 and then cut the Stag lead to 4-2 at 12:59 scoring her second off a feed from junior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY).  The two teams traded goals at 8:03 and 4:44 but it would be Fairfield who would strike last on Raso's first with just 18 seconds left to send the Stags to the locker room up 6-3.

The Pioneers (1-3) bit into the Fairfield lead in the opening minutes of the second half and pulled within two.  Kmiotke scored unassisted at 26:54 and Rochler converted an 8-meter attempt at 25:17 to pull SHU within 7-5.  From there the Stags controlled the next 11 minutes of action rattling off eight-straight goals in the midst of a 10-1 run to take control.

Reilly started the run at 23:59 and within the next two minutes and 36 seconds Fairfield had four goals on the scoreboard.  Raso closed out the eight-goal rally with her fourth at 18:48 for a 15-5 lead.  Russo briefly halted the run with a marker at 10:56 but the Stags would extended their lead to 11 on goals by Jenna Slowey and Alex Clark to lead 17-6 with 9:49 left.

Sacred Heart would score five of the games final six goals but the damage was too much to overcome.  Kmiotek tacked on three more while freshman Kameryn Downing (Cherry Hills Village, CO) and Russo closed out the scoring.

The Pioneers will remain on the road this Saturday, March 12th when they head up-state to take on the UConn Huskies.  Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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