April 11, 2010
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA (April 11, 2010) - The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team won its eighth straight game to remain unbeaten in the Northeast Conference with a 10-7 victory at Robert Morris, Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers improved to 10-4 overall and 8-0 in the NEC on the season, while the Colonials dropped to 5-8 and 3-4.
For Sacred Heart, the eight straight victories is a school record as well as eight wins in the conference is a season-high. The win sets up a regular season finale with Quinnipiac to decide the regular season champion and earn the right to host the NEC tournament.
RMU jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three scores, two by senior Ali Gibbons, in the first 7:41 of the opening half. SHU answered with four straight and six of the next seven to take a 6-4 lead at halftime. Senior Jackie Pierce (Cortland Manor, NY) and sophomore Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) scored twice each for the Pioneers in the first stanza.
Pierce notched her third goal of the game less than four minutes into the second half to put SHU up by three. The Colonials cut the deficit to one as junior Ashley Trombetta and senior Alana Beck, her first of three, found the back of the net. The Pioneers responded as Kmiotek posted her third goal of the contest.
Pierce and Kmiotek each finished the game with a hat trick and an assist. Senior Cori Horelik (South Windsor, CT) added a pair of goals in the win.
Senior Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) stopped 13 shots for Sacred Heart. For RMU senior goalie Erica Webb made 11 saves.
The Pioneers return to action on Wednesday April 14 at 4:00 pm as they play host to Lafayette.