Lydia Werlau Scores Nine to Set Program Record, Women’s Lacrosse’s Comeback Bid Falls Short in Overtime at LIU Brooklyn

Lydia Werlau Scores Nine to Set Program Record, Women’s Lacrosse’s Comeback Bid Falls Short in Overtime at LIU Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Staring at a four-goal deficit with 6:07 remaining, a Carrie Speicher goal with 22 seconds remaining saw the Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team rally back with four unanswered goals over the final four minutes to tie the score at 15-15 and send this highly-contested NEC duel to overtime. Despite the late-game surge, however, the Blackbirds secured the opening draw to the extra session and Elise Person netted the game-winner as LIU Brooklyn escaped with the 16-15 victory.

The heartbreaking finish for SHU does not take away an incredible individual effort from freshman Lydia Werlau as the first-year broke a program record with nine goals on the afternoon. After scoring four of the six Pioneer goals in the first half, Werlau added five more in the second, including two in the late-game 4-0 SHU run that tied the score and sent the game into overtime. One week removed from setting the SHU freshman single-game goal scoring record, Werlau adds another notch to what is already an incredible rookie campaign as she passes Aurelie Pluijmakers and Jesslyn Joseph, who previously shared SHU's all-time single-game goal scoring record with eight.

SHU's loss drops the Pioneers to 2-10 (1-2 NEC) on the season while the Blackbirds continue their strong play, moving to 5-8 (2-1) in 2019.

LIU Brooklyn 16 / Sacred Heart 15 (Overtime)

Sacred Heart (2-10, 1-2 NEC) / LIU Brooklyn (5-8, 2-1 NEC)

LIU Field / Brooklyn, N.Y.

First Half (8-6 LIU)

  • An entertaining first half to say the least, the opening 30 minutes of play featured five ties and six lead changes as 14 combined goals were scored but neither team led by more than two
  • After LIU Brooklyn found the net first, Werlau scored a pair in a span of 1:30 as she converted a free position shot and later finished off a Kerri Metzler feed to hand SHU a 2-1 lead
  • The Blackbirds responded with four of the next five goals to take a two-goal lead, only to have the Pioneers respond with a 3-1 run of their own, highlighted by back-to-back goals from Cassie Cesario and Grace Reinold
  • After Werlau scored her fourth goal of the first half to tie the score at 6-6, LIU Brooklyn scored two in a span of 35 seconds to claim the 8-6 halftime advantage
  • Shots (17-13) and draw controls (9-5) swayed in favor of LIU Brooklyn but the Pioneers limited the Blackbirds to just 2-for-6 on free position attempts to keep the score close

Second Half (15-15 Tied)

  • Amanda Masullo scored just 24 seconds into the start of the second half as LIU Brooklyn built a 9-6 advantage only to see Sydney Ericson and Werlau answer with a pair just 1:20 apart to cut the lead down to 9-8
  • Even with that surge, LIU Brooklyn answered with a dominating 4-0 run in which the Blackbirds held the Pioneers scoreless for over 16 minutes to take a five-goal lead at 13-8
  • Werlau went back on the attack and netted two goals just 25 seconds apart to whittle the lead back down to three but the Blackbirds scored two of the next three goals to retake a four-goal advantage with just 6:07 remaining
  • Running out of time, the stage was set for SHU as the Pioneers embarked on a dramatic 4-0 run over a span of 4:38 to tie the score at 15-15
  • Werlau notched her eighth goal of the day to start the game-tying run while Reinold followed with her second free position goal of the day, this time with the Blackbirds playing shorthanded
  • With 1:09 remaining, Werlau made history with her ninth goal of the day that made it 15-14 LIU Brooklyn
  • Elizabeth Small won a crucial draw control as the Pioneer offense swung the ball to Cesario who carried underneath the LIU Brooklyn cage, spotted Speicher streaking towards the net and fed the senior attack who scored the game-tying goal with just 22 seconds left in regulation
  • The Blackbirds won the ensuing draw control but were unable to get a shot off before the clock hit 0:00
  • SHU erupted for nine goals in the second half, seven of which were scored over the final 11:05 of the stanza

Overtime (16-15 LIU)

  • Despite the late-game heroics in regulation, the Blackbirds won the draw that started overtime and Elise Person's first shot of the extra session beat Olivia Millard in the cage and won the game for LIU Brooklyn


  • Werlau's nine goals pass the previous SHU record holders Jesslyn Joseph (eight goals vs SFU, April 26, 2015) and Aurelie Pluijmakers (eight goals at LIU Brooklyn, March 23, 2012) while she bests the Pioneers' freshman scoring record of five which she set in last Sunday's 15-9 win over CCSU
  • Werlau moved into a tie with five other players for the most goals scored in an NCAA Div. I game in 2019
  • The five other players to have scored nine goals in a game this season include Tessa Chad (twice - Louisville), Risa Mosenthal (Brown), Selena Lasota (Northwestern) and Kiley Anderson (UMass)
  • Werlau's nine-point effort is tied for the fifth-most points in a single-game in SHU program history and are the most points ever scored by a Pioneer rookie
  • The last time the Pioneers saw a player score more than nine points in a game came back in 2013 when Shelby Vaccaro tallied 10 against Saint Mary's
  • Werlau ups her season goal total to 31 which is just one-off Kelly Russo's 32 goals in 2011 for the SHU Div. I (since 2000) single-season freshman program record
  • Werlau has 36 points on the season and is just eight away from matching Christina Macchia's 44 points back in 2001 for the SHU Div. I single-season freshman points record
  • Werlau scored nine of the 15 Pioneer goals on the day while she racked up half (15) of the 30 total shots on the day for SHU
  • SHU continued to play without starting goalkeeper Shana Hecht as Millard (two saves, six goals allowed in 24:40 minutes) and Amy Cadle (five saves, 10 goals allowed in 36:43 minutes) split time in the cage
  • The Pioneers were also playing shorthanded in the field as Hanna Wise, their second-leading goal scorer this season, missed the game due to injury
  • After not registering a point in her first five appearances of the season, Reinold notched two goals for the second straight game and now has five points across the last three contests
  • Ericson continued her multi-point streak to three games as she posted two goals for her first multi-goal game of the season
  • Cesario was all over the field, posting one goal, one assist, two ground balls and one caused turnover on the day
  • Taylor Sweeney led the defensive effort with two caused turnovers and two ground balls on the day
  • This marks the second overtime loss of the 2019 season for SHU while the Pioneers drop their seventh consecutive game that extended into overtime

The Pioneers play host to Robert Morris (Thursday, 3 PM) and Saint Francis U (Saturday, 1 PM) for their final home games of the 2019 season.