FAIRFIELD, CT (April 1, 2012) - Mount St. Mary's got four goals from sophomore Lindsay Diaz and defensively held Sacred Heart in check on the way to a 11-6 win over the Pioneers on Campus Field Sunday afternoon. The Mount went six-for-eight on 8-meter free position attempts let by Diaz who was three-of-five in the win.
The Pioneers (3-7, 2-2 NEC) started both halves with long scoring droughts and couldn't recover en route to their second-straight NEC loss. SHU was whistled for 30 fouls in a physical game that saw each team draw five yellow cards a piece. Sacred Heart senior Aurelie Pluijmakers (Freehold, NJ) scored twice while junior Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) had a goal and two assists in the loss.
The Mount (4-8, 3-1 NEC) opened up a 3-0 lead 12 minutes into play as senior Esther Rufolo began the theme of the day with an 8-meter tally at 24:56. SHU used a time-out following Diaz's first 8-meter goal at the 18:00 minute mark but the Pioneers continued to struggle offensively. The Mount kept the Pioneers off the scoreboard until 9:41 when sophomore Kelsey Russo (Lindehurst, NY) ended the drought with an 8-meter goal of her own.
SHU pulled within 3-2 with 3:25 left thanks to a great indivdual effort by Pepe who made her way through traffice for an unassisted marker. Mount answered with a pair of goals a minute apart as Aubrey Rubino converted off the draw at 2:58 and Erin Seipp buried a free-position shot with 1:55 left for a 5-2 lead. The Mount won the ensuing draw and looked to pad their lead further before the break but SHU's Kelly Keenan (Wantagh, NY) turned away a pair of shots and got a turnover. The Pioneers quickly changed fields and Pepe fed senior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) who finished it off with three ticks left to steal back some momentum and head to the locker room down 5-3.
Mount goalie Brigid McTavish set the tone in the opening minutes of the second half, coming up with saves on 8-meter attempts by Katie Gerhard (Centennial, CO) and Russo to keep the Pioneers off the board. Diaz opened the scoring in the second half with two-straight and the Mountaineers finished off a four-goal run at 14:53 on an Esther free-position goal for a commanding 9-3 lead.
The Pioneers ended their second long scoring drought at 7:19 as Pluijmakers finished off a Pepe pass for her first of the afternoon. The Mount quickly answered at 6:37 on Diaz's fourth to push the lead back to six, 10-4. SHU's Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) scored 36 seconds later off the draw but Mount St. Mary's answered once again on a Jen Semler unassisted goal with 3:37 left to seal away the win.
McTavish finished with six saves in cage to earn the win. SHU's Keenan stopped five shots for SHU.
The Pioneers are back in action on Thursday, April 5th at Robert Morris.