Senior captain Alice Lee recorded 15 saves in a 12-4 home loss to Sacred Heart (9-6, 6-1) on Friday afternoon. Central Connecticut (1-15, 1-7) received goals from four different players, including senior captain Stephanie John as the Blue Devils lost in their final game of the 2009 season. Lee, John, senior captain Jill Pomposi, and senior manager Michelle Downey were recognized before the game for their outstanding achievements on and off the field at CCSU.
The Blue Devils got out of the gate quickly when junior Lyndsey Mastandrea scored an unassisted goal exactly one minute into play to take a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, that would be the only lead of the game for CCSU. Sacred Heart's senior duo of Mary Montesarchio and Amanda Williams gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead when they assisted each other on back to back goals.
Central Connecticut sophomore Michele Conway tied the game for the final time at 2-2 on an unassisted goal with 18:07 remaining in the first half. Montesarchio, Williams and junior Carissa Hauser scored the next three goals of the game for Sacred Heart to stretch out to a 5-2 lead. Blue Devil freshman Alexa Smead gave CCSU a spark heading into halftime as she scored off a Courtney Mooney assist with 3:25 to play in the opening frame.
It was all Sacred Heart in the second half as the Pioneers scored six straight goals to open up a 11-3 lead halfway through the final period. Montesarchio and Williams each recorded two goals and one assist during the stretch. John had the only CCSU goal in the second half and Sacred Heart came away with the 12-4 win.
Sophomore Cara Momnie tallied a team high four caused turnovers and three ground balls for CCSU, while Mooney added four ground balls to her one assist on the afternoon. Mastandrea and sophomore Jessica Roberts also picked up three ground balls in the defeat. Lee finished with a game high 15 saves and one ground ball for the Blue Devils.
Montesarchio and Williams finished with four goals and two assists and three draw controls each. Hauser tallied one goal, two assists and three draw controls, while freshman Alicia Fuchs scored two goals in the win. Junior goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner stopped 11 shots for the Pioneers.
Central Connecticut finishes the 2009 season at 1-15 overall and 1-7 in the Northeast Conference. Sacred Heart improves to 9-6 for the season in 6-1 in NEC action. The Pioneers will play in their final regular season game at home against Wagner on Sunday April 19 at 1:00 p.m. Sacred Heart has clinched a spot in the upcoming NEC Tournament to be held on April 24 and 26 at the highest overall seed.