Hanna Wise Nets Career-High Six Goals, Leading Women’s Lacrosse Past UMass Lowell, 11-8

Hanna Wise Nets Career-High Six Goals, Leading Women’s Lacrosse Past UMass Lowell, 11-8

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The monkey is officially off the backs of the Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team as the Pioneers held off a late-charging UMass Lowell team to defeat the Riverhawks, 11-8, and score their first win of the season. An impressive performance from the Pioneers in multiple facets, SHU's victory moves the team to 1-5 on the season while UMass Lowell falls to 3-6 with the outcome from Campus Field on Saturday afternoon.

After going up three midway through the second half, the Pioneers saw the Riverhawks rattle off a pair to cut the margin to 8-7 with 14:41 remaining. On the ensuing UML possession, Elizabeth Small stepped up and forced a turnover which the Pioneers converted into a Lydia Werlau goal on the other end to swing momentum back in favor of the home side. Hanna Wise then finished off the Riverhawks with her fifth and sixth goals of the day as the Pioneers were able to get past UML and into the win column for the first time in 2019.

Wise played a large role in the outcome, netting a career-high six goals as the senior accounted for more than half the entire goals scored on the day for the Pioneers. Small, meanwhile, tied a school record as the junior defender recorded seven caused turnovers on the day which is a single-game mark that has only been met twice before in program history. Cassie Cesario either scored or assisted on five of the six SHU goals in the first half as she finished with six points (three goals, three assists) on the day while Sydney Ericson added three assists and freshman goalkeeper Shana Hecht tallied 10 saves for her first career win in the cage.

Sacred Heart 11 / UMass Lowell 8

Sacred Heart (1-5) / UMass Lowell (3-6)

Campus Field / Fairfield, CT

First Half (6-3 SHU)

  • The Pioneers jumped out to a 3-1 lead midway through the first half as Cesario was heavily involved in the action, finding Wise for the first goal of the game and then scoring three straight goals for the Pioneers
  • After building an early two-goal advantage, the Riverhawks cut the lead to one on two different occasions before SHU grabbed a three-goal lead heading into halftime
  • Wise scored her second of the half off a feed from Ericson before Cesario found Caroline Wax who cut in front of the UML cage and scored to make it 6-3 heading into halftime
  • Hecht played a key role early, recording five saves on eight UML shots-on-goal in the opening 30 minutes of play, two of which coming on free position shot attempts
  • With UML going 0-for-2 on free positions, SHU converted at a 40 percent clip (2-for-5)
  • SHU outshot the Riverhawks 11-8 in the first half and owned a 14-9 edge in ground balls

Second Half (11-8 SHU)

  • The positive momentum built up across the first half carried over into the second as Wise scored her third of the day off a feed from Werlau just three minutes into the stanza
  • UML wouldn't go away quietly, however, as the Riverhawks made their run scoring four of the next five goals to cut the SHU lead to 8-7 with 14:41 left
  • Needing a response, Werlau took matters into her own hands and fought off contact before darting in front of the cage and putting one past UML goalkeeper Renee Gonzalez that ignited a crucial game-deciding 3-0 SHU run
  • After Werlau's goal, Small took her second charge of the second half and won possession back for her team which ultimately led to Wise's highlight-reel goal in which she took a pass from Cesario, spinning back to the middle and flinging a rocket shot over Gonzalez's right shoulder to make it 10-7 SHU
  • The Pioneer defense continued to lockdown the UML attack, holding the Riverhawks scoreless for a span of 12:39 down the stretch and to just one goal over the final 14:41 of play
  • Wise scored her sixth of the day on a free position to ice the game away with less than five minutes remaining
  • Five of the 10 SHU shots in the second half found the back of the net
  • Hecht continued to play well in the cage, registering five more saves in the second half as UML outshot the Pioneers 13-10 in their comeback bid


  • In a six-goal career game for Wise, the senior attack recorded her 10th career hat trick while besting her previous career-best of four which she recorded twice last season
  • Wise has scored 15 of the Pioneers' 33 goals this season (45.5 percent)
  • Small put forth one of the best all-around single-game efforts by a SHU defender in program history
  • The junior Small recorded a career-high and matching the program record with seven caused turnovers while setting a career-high with five ground balls and matching a season-high with three draw controls
  • The seven caused turnovers has only been accomplished twice before in SHU's program history, with the most-recent coming all the way back in 2009 when Kate Kmiotek tallied seven against Bryant on March 29, 2009
  • Cesario matched a career-best six-point performance which came back in her freshman 2017 season (three goals, three assists vs Iona on March 8)
  • Cesario nearly doubled her point total for the season with her six-point outburst as she now has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) through six games
  • The junior midfielder Cesario also pitched in defensively with two caused turnovers and three ground balls
  • Ericson finished one assist shy of matching her career-high (four assists at CCSU on April 15, 2018)
  • Werlau continues to produce as a freshman as her two-point game (one goal, one assist) ups her season totals to five goals and three assists
  • Werlau has at least one point in all five games in which she has appeared to start her career
  • Hecht continues to show well in her rookie season, finishing with 10 saves and four ground balls in all 60 minutes in the cage
  • Hecht now has 10 saves in back-to-back games and has recorded a save percentage of at least 50 percent in three straight games now
  • Ever since joining the starting lineup four games ago, freshman defender Claire McElhenny has established herself as one of the team's top defenders as she added a pair of season-highs with four ground balls and two caused turnovers

A season-long three-game road swing looms for the Pioneers as they begin their play away from home on Wednesday afternoon at crosstown foe Fairfield with the opening draw set for 3 PM.