LORETTO, PA (April 7, 2012) - Sacred Heart senior Aurelie Pluijmakers (Freehold, NJ) and sophomore Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) scored four goals apiece to lead the Pioneers to a 14-11 Northeast Conference win at Saint Francis (PA) Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers move to 4-2 in the NEC and 5-7 overall with the win.
Junior attacker Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) scored three goals and dished out four assists to lead the Pioneers with seven points in the win. SHU out shot the Red Flash 29-18, including 16-8 in the first half. The Pioneers dominated the draw circle with Russo winning five to lead SHU to a 17-7 advantage.
The Pioneers doubled up Saint Francis in the first half, leading 8-4 at the break. SHU ran out to a 3-0 lead as senior Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY), Pepe and Russo scored in the game's first nine minutes. A Kate Simmons 8-meter goal got the Red Flash on the board at 19:11 but SHU extended their lead to 5-1 thanks to back-to-back goals by Russo and Pepe at 18:39 and 17:09.
SFU cut the lead to 5-4 at the eight minute mark on Simmons' second free position goal but SHU closed the first half on a 3-0 run to lead by four at the break. Pepe scored her third of the first have and the game at 7:20 to start the rally. Senior Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) and Pluijmakers finished it off.
The Red Flash continued to rally in the second half and twice cut the Pioneer lead to just one goal. SFU pulled within 8-6 seven minutes in off consecutive goals by Catherine Helming. SHU's Pluijmakers answered with two-straight and senior Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) made it 11-6 at the 20:18 mark.
Helming got the Red Flash started on a four-goal run with her third at 19:17 and by the 12:12 mark, Saint Francis had pulled within 11-10. Russo buried her third at 11:07 but Simmons tacked on her third at 9:24 to again pull within one. From there, SHU shut down the Red Flash offense and tacked on a pair of insurance goals en route to the win.
Pluijmakers and Russo went back-to-back for their fourth goals of the day at 9;10 and 5:36 to lift SHU to a sweep of the Western Pennsylvania road trip.
The Pioneers will be back at home on Friday, April 13th when they play host to NEC rival Quinnipiac at 4:00 pm on Campus Field.