WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ (April 13, 2013) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team was held to just three goals, matching their season-low, in falling at Monmouth University Sunday afternoon, 12-3 in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers fall to 3-4 in the NEC while the Hawks remain unbeaten at 7-0.
SHU (4-9, 3-4 NEC) got just five shots off in the first half but trailed just 3-2 at the break. The Hawks would finish with a 31-15 edge on shots in the game and closed out the final 25:27 of the second half shuting out the Pioneers while scoring eight-straight goals.
Monmouth (9-6, 7-0 NEC) got five point afternoons from Karlee Dean and Emily Barbieri in the win. Dean scored four goals and assisted on one of Barbieri's three goals. Barbier added a pair of assists to her three markers.
The Pioneers got a goal apiece from senior Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY), sophomore Taylor Babin (Ellicott City, MD) and freshman Alison Braig (Reistertown, MD). For the second-straight game, SHU leading scorer, junior Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwaters, NY), was held scoreless. Sophomore Kelly Keenan (Wantagh, NY) made 12 saves in the loss.
MU's Sam Savona opened the scoring at 23:38 but SHU's Babin and Pepe went back-to-back at 14:17 and 11:50 to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead. Monmouth closed the half with goals by Allison Stathius and Kaleigh Gibbons to carry a 3-2 lead into the half.
Monmouth's Dean posted her first at 25:36 and SHU answered just nine seconds later off the draw on a Braig unassisted tally to keep it a one goal game, 4-3. From there, the Hawks shut the Pioneers out the rest of the way and tacked on eight for the win. Dean would score three more on the eight-goal rally while Barbieri chipped in her three.
The Pioneers will close out the regular season next weekend hosting Saint Francis U on Friday and Robert Morris on Sunday.