SHU's Fuchs and Kmiotek Help Fuel Pioneers Past Bryant, 17-8
March 21, 2010
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FAIRFIELD, CT (March 21, 2010) - Sacred Heart sophomores Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) and Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) scored four goals apiece to lead the Pioneers past Bryant, 17-8, in Northeast Conference play Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers turned in another solid defensive effort forcing 26 Bulldog turnovers as well as nine broken clears (16-27) to improve to 2-0 in the NEC.
Sacred Heart (4-4, 2-0 NEC) got off to a fast start, winning the first four draws of the game and running out to a 4-1 lead six minutes in. Senior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) scored 1:10 into the game off a feed from Fuchs, her first of three assists. Horelik set up fellow senior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, CT), her first of three markers, for a 2-0 lead three minutes in. Kmiotek buried back-to-back 8meter free position attempts for a 4-2 lead with 24:00 on the clock.
The Bulldogs (1-6, 1-2 NEC) scrapped together a three-goal rally to tie the game at 4-4. Madeleine Pickett and Lauren Sheridan scored just 19 seconds apart at 9:52 and 9:33 to pull the game even. Fuchs put SHU back in front with her first goal of the day off a feed from Hauser at 7:47. The Pioneers would tack two more on in the final minute of the half to carry the momentum in to the break, up 7-4. Hauser scored unassisted at 1:00 and then earned a free-position attempt that she buried with 22 ticks left before half.
Bryant wasted little time in cracking the scoreboard to open the second stanza, scoring just 17 seconds in on an Allison Faiola unassisted marker. The two teams would trade goals over the first five minutes of the half before SHU would put some daylight on the Bulldogs with a 4-1 run.
Senior Jackie Pierce (Cortlandt Manor, NY) buried a Fuchs feed at 20:37 and Sacred Heart would build a 13-7 led over the next 10 minutes of action. Fuchs hit on a pair around a second goal from Horelik. Bryant's Kayla Manzi pulled her team within 13-8 at the 10:39 mark but SHU answered right back with a senior Farra Coppola (Wantagh, NY) score at 9:05 and the Pioneers would tack on three more before the final horn for a 17-8 victory.
Fuchs four goals and seven points marked a new career high for the sophomore attacker. Hauser finished with three scores and a pair of assists with six draw wins and a pair of grounders in the win. Pierce added an assist to her totals and also finished with five caused turnovers and a ground ball. Coppola totaled two goals and an assist with four ground balls.
Senior goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) made five saves in earning the win. SHU outshot Bryant 41-18 in the win.
The Bulldogs got 11 saves from keeper Lauren Filippone while Sheridan finished with three goals and an assist.
The Pioneers will hit the road next week heading to Wagner College on Friday, March 26th for a 3:30 pm start.