Fairfield, Conn. (April 20, 2018) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's lacrosse team outscored Sacred Heart by a 9-4 margin in the second half to pull away and post a 14-9 victory on Friday afternoon in Northeast Conference action.
Marley Heller registered five points on four goals and one assist to lead all scorers in the contest. Alayna Pagnotta also notched a career-high four goals, and Kate Kinsella added two to help pace the offense.
Jillian Petito made 11 saves in goal for the win, as she collected her eighth straight game with double-digit saves.
Hannah Wise netted four goals to lead Sacred Heart on the afternoon, while Averi Farhat added three goals and one helper.
Paige Hammock made eight saves in goal in the losing effort for the Pioneers.
With the game tied 5-5 coming out of the halftime break, Pagnotta registered the opening goal of the second half at the 23:36 mark, and Heller followed just over a minute later with her fourth of the game to extend the Mount lead to 7-5.
The Mountaineers still held a two-goal advantage heading under the midway mark of the half before a run of three straight propelled them out to a commanding lead. Pagnotta, Beanie Colson and Kinsella scored the Mount goals during the rally to push the advantage to 12-7 with 10:08 remaining, marking the largest lead of the game.
Sacred Heart wasn't able to get closer than four goals the rest of the way as the Mount went on for the 14-9 victory. With the win, Mount St. Mary's improved to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in NEC play, while SHU dropped to 2-11 overall and 2-2 in league.
The Mountaineers outshot the Pioneers 29-26 in the tilt and held a 22-11 advantage on ground balls, while SHU won the draw control battle, 14-11.
Farhat scored the opening goal of the contest for SHU, but Heller countered with three goals in a span of just under three minutes as her hat trick put the Mount on top, 3-1, at the 23:19 mark.
After a scoreless period of over eight minutes, Sydney Ericson and Cassie Cesario netted back-to-back scores for the Pioneers to even the contest midway through the half.
The teams traded two goals apiece over the final five-plus minutes of the frame, and the game headed into halftime knotted up at 5-5.
Mount St. Mary's wraps up its road swing with a contest at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, April 22 at noon.