SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team saw its season end Friday in the 2017 Northeast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinals, falling 17-10 to the Bryant Bulldogs at Bryant Turf Complex.
Sacred Heart (6-11) opened the game on a 3-0 run in the first 5:44, getting two Delaney tallies and a goal from Liana Doyle. Bryant responded with five straight goals, including three from Jess DeMeo, to take a 5-3 lead with 15:56 left in the half. After an Alyssa Pearce goal cut the deficit to one, the Bulldogs went on a 3-0 run to take an 8-4 lead at the 6:18 mark. Bryant led 10-5 when Doyle scored her second goal of the game with 0:17 left to get the Pioneers back within four, 10-6. The Bulldogs took an 11-6 halftime lead on Meaghan Brennan's goal with 0.5 seconds left in the first.
Bryant (12-4) opened the second half on a 3-0 run with goals by DeMeo, Shannon Sullivan, and Catlin Brown to take a 14-6 lead with 17:02 left in the game. The Pioneers got back within six at the 9:57 mark when goals by Delaney and Pearce, making the score 14-8. Back-to-back goals by Brown and Sullivan gave the Bulldogs a 16-8 lead with 7:08 to go. The two teams traded goals the rest of the way, with Delaney and Emily Kick scoring to make the final score 17-10.
The Bulldogs outshot the Pioneers 33-25 and held a 15-13 edge in draw controls. Sacred Heart won the groundball battle 17-15. DeMeo led all scorers with eight points on five goals and three assists. Sullivan added four goals with Brown scoring three goals with an assist. Samantha Santeramo made nine saves in goal.
The Pioneers finish the 2017 season with a record of 6-11.