Strong First Half Guides Sacred Heart Past Wagner, 9-7
March 26, 2010
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (March 26, 2010) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team used a five-goal run to close the first half and turned in a solid defensive effort on their way to a 9-7 Northeast Conference win at Wagner Friday afternoon. For the third-straight game, the Pioneers forced their opponent into 20 or more turnovers while allowing less the 10 goals as they improve to 3-0 to start NEC play.
The Pioneers (5-4, 3-0 NEC) used a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring two goals apiece in the win. SHU used the final 11:42 of the first half to erase a 3-2 Wagner lead with a 5-0 run with sophomore Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) scoring both of her goals in the rally.
Wagner (1-7, 0-3 NEC) struck first with a Dana Marchitelli unassisted goal just 1:37 into the game and then answered a pair of Pioneers goals with a pair for a 3-2 lead. Senior Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) put SHU on the board at 23:19 with a score from sophomore Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY). Sophomore Alicia Fuchs (Bay Shore, NY) made it 2-1 Pioneers just 1:09 later off a feed from Jackie Pierce (Cortlandt Manor, NY), her first of three assists.
Karen Vitkus put the Seahawks up 3-2 with 14:48 left in the first half scoring consecutive goals. SHU's Kmiotek ignited the Pioneer rally with an unassisted marker at 11:42 and ended it with 45 seconds left before the half off a feed from Hauser. In between, Hauser, Fuchs and Rochler all found the back of the cage, two from Pierce, as SHU went up 7-3 at the half.
The Pioneers made it six unanswered goals opening the second half with Rochler's second at 27:14 for an 8-3 advantage. Wagner used a pair of 8meter free position goals at 24:43 and 16:13 to cut the lead to 8-5. Pierce scored her lone goal at 10:25 on a free position attempt to push the lead to 9-5.
The Seahawks would tack on two more as Caroly Clark scored unassisted at 5:05 and Teri Noll buried an Annie O'Connor feed at 1:23 to pull within 9-7. In the closing minute Wagner had a chance to cut the lead to one but an Ericka Bulken shot was turned away by senior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) and the Pioneers would clear the ball and run out the clock for the win.
Defensively, SHU forced 20 Wagner miscues and held the Seahawks to just 12-of-19 on clear attempts. Kmiotek led the way with three caused turnovers and five ground balls. Sophomore Mary LaGrassa (Massapequa, NY) had five grounders as well. Wagner made six saves in collecting the win.
SHU will head to Long Island University on Sunday afternoon for an 11:00 am start.