Women’s Lacrosse Falls at Home to Iona, 8-7, in Overtime

Women’s Lacrosse Falls at Home to Iona, 8-7, in Overtime

PHOTOS (courtesy of Steve McLaughlin)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team suffered a 8-7 overtime loss to the Iona Gaels from Campus Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss the Pioneers drop to 0-5 on the season while Iona finds the win column for the first time in 2019, moving to 1-7.

After the Pioneers saw Iona claim a one-goal lead with 6;36 remaining, Cassie Cesario netted her third goal of the game with 4:13 remaining in regulation to tie the score and send the game into overtime. In the extra session, Iona's Christine Gironda grabbed the draw control and later spotted Katherine Meyer open in front of the cage for the game-winner 43 seconds into overtime.

Cesario was the best player on the field for the Pioneers, finishing with a season-high four points (three goals, one assist) as the junior midfielder either scored or assisted on over half the team's goals for the game. Hanna Wise added two goals to up her goal-scoring streak to 13 straight while Sydney Ericson (one goal, one assist) also had a multi-point game for SHU. Freshman goalkeeper Shana Hecht totaled 10 saves on 18 shots-on-goal while playing all 60+ minutes.

Iona 8 / Sacred Heart 7

Sacred Heart (0-5) / Iona (1-7)

Campus Field / Fairfield, CT

First Half (4-4 Tied)

  • A tightly-contested first half saw the teams trade goals for the opening 15+ minutes before a 3-0 Pioneer run gave the home side a 4-2 advantage with 8:17 remaining
  • Taylor Sweeney got the scoring started for SHU with her first goal of the season coming off a feed from Cesario
  • Sydney Ericson ignited the 3-0 Pioneer run with an unassisted tally before Cesario put home her first of the day followed by a Wise goal to make it 4-2
  • Iona snuffed out the SHU momentum with consecutive goals to end the first half and tie the score at 4-4 heading into halftime
  • Shots favored Iona 17-11 but the Pioneers limited the Gaels to 1-for-5 on free position shots while Hecht recorded five saves in the opening 30 minutes

Second Half (7-7 Tied)

  • The Pioneers seemed to take control of the game in the early stages of the second half as a pair of goals just 1:23 apart made it 6-4 SHU with 27:15 left in regulation
  • Cesario notched a free position strike while Wise made the most of an Iona yellow card, scoring her second of the day to push the Pioneer advantage up to 6-4
  • Iona, however, buckled down defensively and rode a 3-0 run into a 7-6 lead with 6:36 remaining
  • Kati Paavola scored twice in the Iona run, including her fourth of the day that put Iona ahead late in the stanza
  • A crucial series late, that saw Iona's Carly Young issued a yellow card, in the second half resulted in an extra-player advantage for SHU which Cesario converted into the game-tying goal with 4:13 left
  • Both teams had a possession each to find the game-winner but both defenses prevailed and the game was sent into overtime

Overtime (8-7 IONA)

  • With both sides trying to find the game-winner, Iona's Gironda came up with a crucial draw control and later spotted Meyer open out front to give the Gaels the 8-7 road win


  • Cesario more than doubled her point total on the season as she had three points through four games heading into today's contest
  • Cesario's four points is just one off her career-high while she recorded her third career hat trick
  • Cesario added a game-high three ground balls as she contributed across the board at the midfield position
  • Wise's two goals gives her a team-leading nine tallies on the season
  • Wise has at least one goal in every game this season while she has scored at least once in 13 consecutive games dating back to the 2018 season
  • Sweeney came up with her first goal of 2019 while Kerri Metzler posted one assist for her first point of 2019
  • Elizabeth Small led the defensive unit for the Pioneers as the junior finished with a game-high three caused turnovers to go along with two ground balls and a game-high three controls
  • Casey Hannah put forth a strong effort defensively with two caused turnovers and two ground balls, both totals matching season-highs for the sophomore
  • Freshman Claire McElhenny came up with a game and season-high four draw controls as the rookie has seven draw controls across the last two games
  • Nicole Holder also added two ground balls and two caused turnovers at the midfield spot
  • Hecht tallied double-digit saves (10) for the third time this season as the freshman has started all five games in 2019

The Pioneers prepare for Saturday's home doubleheader with the SHU men's lacrosse team as the women are set to take on UMass Lowell at 3 PM, following the men's Noon contest against Robert Morris.