Pioneers Clinch NEC Tournament Berth with 20-5 Win at Saint Francis (PA)
April 9, 2010
LORETTO, Pa. (April 9, 2010) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team posted a 20-5 win at Saint Francis (PA) Friday afternoon to clinch their fifth-straight berth in the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Pioneer offensive attack burst out to a 9-1 lead en route to a season-high 20 goals as they remain perfect in the NEC and tied for first place at 7-0. The win ties the Sacred Heart record for NEC wins in a season, set the last two years, and also matches the program's longest winning streak at seven-straight.
Sacred Heart (9-4, 7-0 NEC) was led offensively by a trio of seniors in Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY), Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) and Farra Coppola (Wantagh, NY) and sophomore Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) who all scored three goals in the win. In addition, six other Pioneers found the back of the cage while senior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) need only make eight saves in just over 40 minutes of action to secure the win.
SHU got out to a 7-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the game as Horelik, sophomore Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY), Kmiotek and Hauser opened the scoring. Kmiotek and Horelik tacked on their seconds while Coppola made it 7-0 at 19:47 with her first, coming unassisted.
The Red Flash (6-8, 2-4 NEC) briefly halted the SHU attack as Kate Simmons scored unassisted at 16:09 but an 8meter goal from Hauser and a score by sophomore Kaitlin Rochler (Wading River, NY) from Coppola made it 9-1 at 12:37. SHU closed out the first half with three more goals coming off the sticks of Rochler and senior Jackie Pierce (Cortlandt Manor, NY) who buried two at 1:26 and 22 seconds for a 12-3 lead at the break.
SHU held a 19-10 edge on shots in the first half while Wagner turned away five Red Flash attempts over the first 30 minutes. The second half held more of the same as the Pioneers built their lead to 17-3 with five-straight to leave no doubt.
Scoring their first goals of the season in the second half where sophomore Mary LaGrassa (Massapequa, NY) and sophomore Amanda Crowe (Upton, MA). Sophomore Aurelie Pluijmakers (Freehold, NJ) scored a goal and added a pair of assists as well. Dorsey added a career-high three assists to her goal while Hauser added three assists to give her six points in the win. Defensively, senior Nicole Gerosa (Branford, CT) finished with a team-high six ground balls.
Sacred Heart's Western Pennsylvania road trip concludes on Sunday afternoon with a stop at Robert Morris for a 12 noon start.