March 13, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT (March 13, 2010) - Sophomore midfielder Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) scored a career-high six goals but Sacred Heart fell at the hands of the Connecticut Huskies Saturday afternoon, 14-7, on Campus Field. The Huskies outshot the Pioneers 34-19 and were led by r-senior Ashley Mitchelides who posted six points to lead her team to their sixth-straight win. SHU falls to 2-4 with the loss.
UConn (6-1) controlled the first 10 minutes of play running out to a 5-0 lead. The Pioneers (2-4) won the game's first four draws but turned the ball over in each instance to set up UConn goals. Mitchelides set up the first two Husky goals at 28:38 and 27:09, feeding Jillian Cerar and Kiersten Tupper. The r-senior attacker buried her first of two goals on the afternoon for a 3-0 lead at 24:44.
After a Mackenzie Rainone 8meter goal at 21:51, the Huskies answered right back with an unassisted marker by M.E. Lapham just 43 seconds later forcing a Sacred Heart timeout. The Pioneers cracked the scoreboard at 19:22 as Kmiotek buried her first of the day at 19:22. Mitchelides hit on her second, this time on a free position shot, followed by Lapham's second for a 7-1 lead with 13:27 left. SHU senior Jackie Pierce (Cortlandt Manor, NY) buried a feed from senior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) and Kmiotek tacked on her second to follow Lapham's third of the half to put the Pioneers down 8-3 at the break.
The Huskies forced 12 Pioneers turnovers and five failed (4-9) clears while holding an 18-7 advantage on shots over the first 30 minutes. UConn built their lead to 12-4 thanks to four of the first five goals of the second half. Mitchelides notched her fourth assists setting up Cerar for the first goal at 20:54. Rainone followed just 33 seconds later off a feed from Lapham. Catherine Gross and Dorian Gilmartin-Dzitko scored around a Kmiotek marker or a 12-4 lead with 12:26 left in the game.
Kmiotek followed with three-straight goals in the span of 58 seconds. The sophomore midfielder buried a feed from Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) at 9:02 and followed with back-to-back 8meter free position goals at 8:29 and 8:04 to cut the lead to 12-6. The Huskies tacked on a pair of Chelsea Hauswirth goals in the final minutes to leave no doubt.
SHU's Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made 14 saves in taking the loss and also picked up a team-best five ground balls. The Pioneers as a team turned it over a total of 23 times and had nine failed clears (13-22).
UConn's Lapham had a team-high three goals with an assist. In addition to her six points, Mitchelides had four ground balls and a caused turnover in the win. Senior Jenna Moulton turned in seven saves in earning the win in the cage.
The Pioneers will open up the 2010 Northeast Conference schedule next weekend with a pair of home games. SHU will host Central Connecticut State on Friday, March 19th at 3:00 pm and Bryant on Sunday, March 21st at 1:00 pm.