Game 11 * SACRED HEART AT ROBERT MORRIS * Thursday, April 5, 2012 * 4:30 pm
Game 12 * SACRED HEART AT SAINT FRANCIS (PA) * Saturday, April 7, 2012 * 12:00 pm
Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team makes their final Northeast Conference road trip of the season heading to Robert Morris and Saint Francis (PA) this week. The Pioneers are 2-2 after falling to Monmouth, 9-7, and Mount St. Mary's, 11-6, at home last weekend. Robert Morris is 2-1 after beating rival Saint Francis (PA), 18-13, to open a three-game home stand. The Red Flash are 0-3 in league play also losing to Monmouth and Mount.
Last Time Out... 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 Sunday. 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 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. 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 held SHU off the scoreboard until the nine minute mark in the first half, building a 3-0 lead. The Pioneers wouldn't score until the 7:19 mark in the second half, falling behind 9-3 in that span.
Pioneer News & Notes... Sacred Heart sits tied for fifth in the NEC standings with Monmouth at 2-2...Following this road trip, the Pioneers will play their final three conference games at home with a non-conference road trip to Brown wedged in...Senior Aurelie Pluijmakers ranks sixth in the NEC in goals scored, with 27 (2.70 pg)...Junior Emily Pepe is second in the NEC in assists (2.50 pg) and third in points (4.10 pg)...Pepe has 25 assists, two off her career high total of 27 set last spring...Senior Kate Kmiotek ranks sixth in the league in assists with 14 (1.40 pg)...Freshman goalie Kelly Keenan posted a season-high 17 saves in the loss to Monmouth and is third in the conference in saves per game (10.60 pg).
All-Time Series vs. RMU... The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 5-2. The Colonials ended a three-game SHU winning streak last season, posting an 11-10 overtime win in Fairfield. RMU's other win in the series came in 2007, also on Campus Field, 14-12. SHU is 2-2 at home and 3-0 on the road against the Colonials.
Scouting the Colonials... Robert Morris is 4-7 on the year and come in winner of three of their last four. The Colonials are fourth in the NEC averaging 10.00 goals per game as a team and among the league's best in taking care of the ball, averaging 15.82 turnovers per game. Sophomore Talia Waskowicz ranks fourth in goal scoring with 26 goals (2.89 pg) and eighth in points per game (3.22 pg). Senior midfielder Colleen O'Donnell leads the NEC in caused turnovers with 27 (2.45 pg).
All-Time Series vs. SFU... Sacred Heart has never lost to the Red Flash, leading the all-time series 10-0. The Pioneers have won every meeting in the series by an average of 12.7 goals per game. SHU is 5-0 at home and 5-0 on the road.
Scouting the Red Flash... Saint Francis is still searching for their first NEC win of the year and come in allowing the second most goals per game at 14.86. The Red Flash do have one of the NEC's top-goal scorers in junior attacker Danielle Conwell who has 33 goals on the year (3.00 pg) to rank second. Conwell has 15 assists for a league high 48 points, ranking second in points per game (4.36 pg). Freshman goalie Caitlin Flynn is tied for the NEC lead averaging 11.00 saves per game.
Around the NEC... The Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-0) and Central CT State Blue Devils (3-0) sit atop the NEC standings still unbeaten...QU's Sarah Allen and Robert Morris' Talia Waskowicz were named the NEC Co-Offensive Players of the Week...Allen tallied 11 assists over the course of the Bobcat's 2-0 weekend, while Waskowicz boasted eight points in the Colonial's only game of the weekend, a 18-13 victory over Saint Francis (PA)...CCSU's Erin DeLancey picks up her third NEC Defensive Player of the Week honor after booking a .629 save percentage and 2-0 record on the weekend...Quinnipiac's Kyra Ochwat earns her third NEC Rookie of the Week nod of the spring after she totaled nine goals in two games.