EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal deficit in the second half Sunday at Mount St. Mary's to tie the game at 10-10 with over 7:00 to go, but couldn't take the lead as the Mountaineers went on to win 12-10.
Alyssa Pearce led the Pioneers with a hat trick. Caitlin Delaney and Emily Kick both scored two goals, with Delaney adding five draw controls, two caused turnovers, and two groundballs. Dominique Anselmin had four draw controls, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Paige Hammick made six saves in goal.
Sacred Heart (4-10, 2-3 NEC) got off to a fast start, as goals by Averi Farhat and Pearce 0:20 apart to stake the Pioneers to a 2-0 lead with 28:31 to play in the first half. After the Mountaineers got on the board with a goal from Marley Heller, Pearce scored again at the 25:21 mark to put SHU ahead 3-1. Mount St. Mary's then went on a 5-0 run over 10:53 to take a 6-3 lead, with Sammie Knapp capping the run with a pair of goals. Emily Kick got SHU back within two, 6-4, with a goal at the 5:49 mark but the Mountaineers got a tally from Kate Kinsella in the final minute to take a 7-4 halftime lead.
Mount St. Mary's (4-9, 3-2 NEC) and Sacred Heart traded goals to start the second half. Delaney and Doyle answered two goals by Emily Davis to make the score 9-6 with 13:05 to go. Hanna Wise then cut the deficit to two, 9-7, with goal at the 12:31 mark. The Pioneers got back within one on Delaney's second goal of the half about two minutes later. Mount St. Mary's extended its lead back to two with 8:40 to go as another Heller goal made the score 10-8. SHU came back to tie the game 10-10 with 7:28 to go as Pearce and Kick scored goals 0:26 apart. The Mountaineers broke the tie with 5:08 remaining as a Jannel Daufenbach tally put the score at 11-10. Daufenbach tacked on another goal with 1:47 to go to make the final score 12-10.
SHU outshot Mount St. Mary's 26-25 for the game and had 17 draw controls to the Mountaineers' seven. Mount St. Mary's won the groundball battle 18-12. Davis and Daufenbach both had hat tricks for the Mountaineers as Heller led all players with three assists and five points. Jillian Petito had 10 saves in goal.
The Pioneers close the regular season next weekend with a pair of home games beginning Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m. against Saint Francis U.