March 19, 2010

Sacred Heart Opens NEC Schedule with 18-3 Win Over Central Connecticut`

March 19, 2010

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (March 19, 2010) - Sacred Heart senior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) scored five goals with a pair of assists as the Pioneers shut out Central Connecticut in the second half en route to an 18-3 win in their Northeast Conference opener Friday afternoon. The win marked the 100th career victory for Sacred Heart head coach Laura Cook, the program's all-time leader in wins.

Sacred Heart senior goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made 10 saves in earning the victory and becomes the school's all-time leader in career wins for a goalie with 33. She passes former Pioneer Ginny Capicchioni who had 32 from 1998 through 2001.

Defensively, the Pioneers (3-4, 1-0 NEC) forced 30 Central turnovers and 14 failed clear attempts (9-23) while keeping the Blue Devils off the scoreboard for a 21 minute stretch in the first half and the entire second half. Senior Nicole Gerosa (Branford, CT) had four of the SHU's 18 caused turnovers while sophomore Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) had four grounders and five draw controls in the win.

The Blue Devils (2-3, 0-2 NEC) answered each of the Pioneers early goals to keep it tied just over eight minutes in. Hauser buried her first of the day to open the scoring at 28:28 but Central's Ashley Mara followed off a feed from Ali Roche at 25:52. Senior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) scored unassisted at 23:38 but the Blue Devils answered once again with a Mackenzy Ryan marker from Betsy Vendel at 21:52.

From there it was all Sacred Heart as the Pioneers held Central off the scoreboard until the 40 second mark while running off five-straight scores. Hauser buried a pair on the run while also setting up senior teammate Farra Coppola (Wantagh, NY) for a score. Sophomore Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) also scored and set up another. CCSU would end the run as Mara scored her second off a feed from Vendel with 40 seconds to go before the half to trail 7-3 at the half.

SHU outshot Central 16-6 in the second half as they rattled off 11-straight scores while keeping the Blue Devils off the scoreboard. SHU's Jackie Pierce (Cortlandt Manor, NY) opened the half with a pair of scores and Hauser tacked on her fourth and fifth of the afternoon. For Hauser it was her third five-goal game this season as she raised her team-leading totals to 21 goals and 13 assists for the year.

Sophomore Aurelie Pluijmakers (Freehold, NJ) put together a three-goal run in the second half for her first points on the season. Kmiotek, Fuchs and Horelik all scored their second goals of the win in the second half.

The Pioneers will close out a four-game home stand this Sunday afternoon, March 21st as they play host to the Bryant Bulldogs at 1:00 pm.

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