August 27, 2010

Pioneers Host Saint Peter's and Binghamton This Weekend

Heading In... The Pioneer's open up the second weekend of the regular season with their third consecutive home game tonight against Saint Peter's.  SHU finishes up a four game home stand Sunday afternoon in a non-conference clash with Binghamton.  Sacred Heart posted a 1-1-0 start to 2010 as they defeated Army 1-0 last Friday but dropped a 2-0 decision to Providence on Sunday.  Tonight's game marks the season opener for Saint Peter's while Binghamton also kicks-off their season tonight against Fairfield University.

Follow the Action Live on Twitter... If you can't make it to tonight's game follow us on Twitter @SHUBigRed to get live in game updates.  Coverage will begin shortly before kick-off and offers a whole new way to follow the Pioneers.

Back in the Spotlight...  In the Pioneers 1-0 victory last week it was a trio of familiar faces that took center stage.  Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) netted the only goal of the game early in the second half.  The junior forward led the 2009 squad in all three offensive categories with 15 points on five goals and five assists.  Meghan Reichelt (Selden, NY) wasted no time getting her first shutout of the year after picking up five clean sheets in 2009 to go with her impressive 0.99 goals against average.  The assist on Kee's goal came from senior Leigh Dogmanits (Walnutport, PA), who led the Pioneers two season's ago with seven goals.

Scouting the Peahens... Saint Peter's opens the 2010 season after closing 2009 with a 4-15-1 record.  In their preseason coaches poll the Peahens have been picked to finish 10th in the MAAC.   Sophomore goaltender Caitlin Hoffer is the backbone of the Saint Peter's defense after claiming three shutouts in her freshman year.  The Peahens also return their top scorer from 2009 in Courtney Sundstrom, who tallied six goals and one assist a season ago.

Scouting the Bearcats... Binghamton finished the 2009 season as the runner-up in the America East conference and posted a 9-7-2 mark overall.  The Bearcats bring back seven starters from last year's squad including all-rookie performers Jamie Holliday and Emily Pape.  The sophomore duo was one-two for Binghamton's in scoring last season with Holliday leading the way notching 10 total points on four goals and two assists.