SHELTON, Conn. – Wesleyan broke a 3-3 tie with 2:08 remaining against the Sacred Heart women's hockey team at The Sports Center of Connecticut Tuesday, as Ellery Sarosi's second goal of the night gave the Cardinals a 4-3 win.
Alanna Woodford (Scituate, Mass.) and Casey Stathopoulos (Waltham, Mass.) each had two points for Sacred Heart. Woodford had a goal and an assist as Stathopoulos had a pair of assists. Amanda Fontaine (Northfield, Mass.) made 29 saves in goal.
Wesleyan (2-3-0) got on the board 7:24 into the hockey game, with Sarosi scoring a power play goal off an assist from Jordan Schildhaus. The Pioneers tied the game 1-1 with 1:15 to play in the opening period as Natasha Klinoff (Concord, Mass.) scored her third goal of the year from Stathopoulos and Woodford. The Cardinals outshot Sacred Heart (2-4-0) 14-5 in the first period, but the two teams were tied heading into the first intermission.
Lottie Barton put Wesleyan back in front in the second period. Barton fired home a loose puck at 7:38 of the period to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Briana Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) got Sacred Heart back even with 9:15 remaining in the second, with assists from Heather Daley (Brewster, N.Y.) and freshman Duggan Delano (Billerica, Mass.). The Pioneers took their lone lead of the game with 2:48 to play in the middle period on Woodford's tally, but the lead wouldn't last long. Schildhaus scored on the power play with four seconds left to make the score 3-3 heading into the second intermission. After a back-and-forth third period with the two sides trading shots, it was Cardinals that broke the tie late in the game. Sarosi knocked in a Laura Wasnick pass with 2:08 to play to give Wesleyan a 4-3 lead. The Cardinals then held Sacred Heart to two blocked shots in the final two minutes to hang on for the win.
Wesleyan outshot Sacred Heart 33-18 for the game, and was 2-for-3 on the power play. The Pioneers were 0-for-2 on the power play Tuesday night. Sarosi and Schildhaus each had three points for the Cardinals as goaltender Laura Corcoran made 15 saves.
Sacred Heart travels to Franklin Pierce on Friday, Dec. 5 for a 7:30 p.m. game to open a home-and-home series with the Ravens.