SHU Drops 13-9 Midweek Contest At Iona

SHU Drops 13-9 Midweek Contest At Iona


NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team moved to 0-2 on the 2018 season Wednesday after a 13-8 loss to the Iona Gaels at Mazzella Field. 


SHU – 0-2

Iona – 2-1


First Half

- Sydney Ericson opened the scoring for SHU, putting a Cassie Cesario pass past Iona goalie Shannon McCaffrey at the 27:46 mark.

- The Pioneers answered a pair of Iona goals with tallies from Hanna Wise and Carrie Speicher to take a 3-2 lead with 19:54 to play.

- Iona went on a 3-0 run over 4:53 to take a 6-4 lead. Pamela Giordano had two of the three goals for the Gaels.

- SHU tied the game 6-6, as goals by Cesario and Metzler 30 seconds apart drew the Pioneers level with 2:51 to go.

- The Gaels took a 7-6 halftime lead on Maureen Murphy's goal with 0:11 left. 

Second Half

- Cesario tied the game 7-7 2:03 into the half. Taylor Sweeney assisted on the goal for her first career point.

- Goals by Jenna Tolzman and Katelyn Noschese put Iona back in front 9-7 with 21:34 to go.

- Wise finished off her hat trick with a free position goal at the 15:45 mark, getting SHU within one at 9-8.

- Iona closed the game with four straight goals in the final 11:00. Noschese scored three of those goals and assisted on the fourth.

- During that final stretch, McCaffrey made three saves to keep SHU at eight goals. McCaffrey had six saves in the half.


Key Stats and Notes

- Iona outshot SHU 30-20 and held a 21-17 advantage in groundballs.

- Wise and Cesario each led the Pioneers with three points. Cesario had two goals and an assist, adding four draw controls.

- Dominique Anselmin and Elizabeth Small each had two caused turnovers on defense.

- Paige Hammick made nine saves in goal for SHU.


Next Game

SHU hosts Fairfield in its home opener at Campus Field on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.