FAIRFIELD, CT (March 20, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team turned the ball over 29 time and managed just 10 shots falling to the University of New Hampshire, 15-2, Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers close out a six-game homestand with the loss and are now 4-2 on the season.
UNH wasted little time taking control of the game as sophomore Katie Leland scored at 27:42 to start the Wildcats off on a 5-0 run. Leland scored again six minutes later followed by junior Laura Dodsall, senior Kelly Blaney and junior Jess Burnap to put New Hampshire up 5-0 with just under 12 minutes to play in the half.
The Pioneers finally got on the board at the 6:56 mark as senior Christina Macchia (Carle Place, NY) scored her fifth on the year off a free position shot. UNH quickly took back the momentum and rattled off three more scores to hold an 8-1 lead at the half. The Wildcats outshot SHU 18-6 over the first 30 minutes while forcing 17 Pioneer turnovers.
Sacred Heart got the second half started off right as junior Natalie Smith (Wantagh, NY) notched her team-leading 17th goal of the year off a pass from senior Jeanne Carroll (East Rockaway, NY) at 28:51. But it wasn't to be this day for the Pioneers as New Hampshire came right back with a goal from Kristin Blanchette, her third of the day, just 46 seconds later to swing the tide once again.
The Wildcats dominated the rest of the half, scoring six more times to produce the final 15-2 margin. The win improves UNH to 2-4 on the early season. Leland and Blanchette each finished with a hat-trick while Burnap, Dosdall, junior Jill Albee and senior Sareh Cahill each had two goals apiece. Senior Kelly Blaney finished with a goal and three assists in the win. Freshman Stacey Plati made five saves in goal to earn her second win of the year.
For SHU, Smith and Macchia were the only scorers as the Pioneers where outshot 34-10 on the day. The Wildcats also won the battle of groundballs by a 27-16 margin. SHU also struggled on the clear; coming up with just nine successful clears in 19 attempts. Junior Maggie Brauer (Blauvelt, NY) made six saves while senior Amy Lavoie (Nashua, NH) came in the second half and recorded four of her own in the losing effort.