Pioneers Open NEC Play with 10-8 Win at Rival Quinnipiac
HAMDEN, CT (March 22 2013) – Sacred Heart junior Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwaters, NY) posted a career-high four goals to lead the Pioneer women's lacrosse team to a 10-8 come from behind win at Northeast Conference rival Quinnipiac Friday afternoon. It was the NEC opener for both clubs as the Pioneers end a five-game losing streak notching their first win of 2013.
The Pioneers (1-5, 1-0 NEC) trailed 4-0 and 5-1 before roaring back with seven second half goals. Vaccaro added an assist for a five point afternoon while classmate Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) scored three goals in the win. Sophomore Taylor Babin (Ellicott City, MD) tacked on a pair of goals as well.
Quinnipiac (2-6, 0-1 NEC) held the Pioneers off the scoreboard for the first 20 minutes of action on Friday, jumping out to a four goal lead. Sarah Allen opened the scoring at the 21 minute mark and then set-up a pair of Bobcat goals on the opening run. SHU's Vaccaro got the Pioneers on the board at 10:08 with her first but QU's Kyra Ochwat answered right back three minutes later for a 5-1 lead.
The SHU defense kept the Bobcats off the board until the 13:44 mark in the second half, running off six-straight goals starting with Babin's first of the day at 5:29 of the first. Vaccaro added her second before halftime as SHU trailed 5-3 at the break.
Babin's second started the second half scoring at 21:31 and tacked on back-to-back markers at 19:52 by Jacqueline Zlevor (Medfield, MA) and an 8-meter goal at 19:21 to take their first lead, 6-5. The Pioneers made it 7-5 on Vaccaro's third at 16:49.
Allen and Michaela Tinsley tied the game back up at 7-7 with consecutive markers at 13:44 and 11:27 but a three-goal spurt by SHU put the Pioneers in control. Russo scored back to back at 9:21 and 8:42, off feeds from senior Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) and Zlevor. Vaccaro tacked on her fourth at 5:12 for a 10-7 lead.
QU's Allen scored her third with 1:08 left to cut the SHU lead to two and after getting the ball back with 36 seconds left, gave it back to the Pioneers on a turnover allowing SHU to run out the clock.
The Pioneers are home on Sunday for their final non-conference game of the season, playing host to the Saint Mary's (Ca.) Gaels. Opening draw is at 1:00 pm.