Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Second Half, Celebrates Senior Day with 15-9 Victory over CCSU

Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Second Half, Celebrates Senior Day with 15-9 Victory over CCSU


FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Despite falling behind 5-2 midway through the opening half, the Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team recovered and put on a show in the second half and celebrated a 15-9 Senior Day win over Central Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon from Campus Field. The win moves the Pioneers to 2-9 on the season while SHU picks up their first NEC win to move to 1-1 in conference while the Blue Devils drop to 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Following a pregame ceremony that saw the five senior class members – Hanna Wise, Carrie Speicher, Blair Yesko, Anna Finn and Olivia Mittleman – honored on Senior Day, the Pioneers got off to a sluggish start but outscored the Blue Devils 13-2 over a span of 43+ minutes of play after going down 5-2 early to claim the victory.

Lydia Werlau (5G, 1A) and Cassie Cesario (3G, 2A) combined for 11 of the Pioneers' 22 total points on the day while Wise (two goals), Mittleman (two ground balls, two caused turnovers) and Speicher (first goal of the season) each had their moments on Senior Day. A converted midfielder, Olivia Millard entered as a goalkeeper midway through the first half and was stellar in the cage, making four saves against just four goals allowed as the junior picked up the victory in net.


Sacred Heart 15 / CCSU 9


Sacred Heart (2-9, 1-1 NEC) / CCSU (2-9, 0-2 NEC)


Campus Field / Fairfield, CT

First Half (6-6 Tied)

  • Coming off the Senior Day ceremony, the Pioneers jumped out to an early advantage as Taylor Sweeney scored her first of two on the day before Wise later tacked on her first as SHU led 2-1 just over seven minutes into play
  • The Blue Devils then took over as CCSU scored four unanswered to claim the 5-2 lead with 15:54 remaining in the half
  • Four different CCSU players scored in spurt that occurred in a series of 6:55 minutes
  • Inserting Millard in the cage seemed to spark the Pioneers as SHU followed up with a 4-1 run of their own to tie the score heading into halftime
  • Four different Pioneers scored in the run as Werlau started an initial 3-0 run that tied the score, followed by Sweeney's second and Cesario's first of the day before Grace Reinold pumped in her first of the season with just 1:04 remaining to level the score at 6-6
  • Shots favored SHU 13-9 but the Blue Devils converted their chances with goals on all six of their shots on-target in the opening 30 minutes of play while the Pioneers went just 1-of-4 on their free position shot attempts in the first half

Second Half (15-9 SHU)

  • A revitalized SHU squad came out firing in the second half as the Pioneers continued their 4-1 run to end the first half with three straight goals to open the stanza
  • Cesario started the half with the Pioneers' first shorthanded goal of the season while Werlau struck for back-to-back tallies to make it 9-6 SHU
  • After CCSU's Carson Adelberger scored to make it 9-7, the Pioneers seized complete control with six unanswered goals to take a sizable 15-7 advantage with just 3:45 remaining
  • Werlau and Cesario scored or dished out assists on three straight SHU goals (4-of-6 in the run) to start the game-deciding 6-0 scoring spree as Werlau first found her classmate Reinold open in front with CCSU playing shorthanded, followed by a Cesario free position strike and the two then linked up with 13:33 remaining to make it 12-7 Pioneers
  • Playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends, Speicher had a Senior Day moment to remember as the senior attack scored her first goal of the season to make it 14-7
  • Wise completed the scoring run with her second of the day, this time on a free position attempt
  • Outscoring CCSU 9-3 in the half, SHU dominated in several stat categories including shots (18-9), ground balls (11-8), turnovers (CCSU 14, SHU 5) and free position shots (SHU 3-for-6, CCSU 0-for-1)


  • All five seniors saw playing time on Senior Day, as Wise (two goals) pumped in her sixth multi-goal game of the season, Mittleman matched her season-high with two caused turnovers and Speicher recorded her first goal and point of the season
  • This marks the fifth straight victory for SHU over CCSU in the series history
  • Werlau continues to produce for the Pioneers as she set a new career-high with her six points (five goals, one assist) on the day
  • Werlau now leads the team in points (27) and goals (22) in 2019
  • Werlau's five goals matched SHU's Division I freshman single-game record (accomplished fives times before today's game) while her six points are the tied for the third-most ever scored by a SHU freshman
  • The last SHU freshman to recorded more than six points in a single-game was Kelsey Russo who racked up seven against Wagner back on April 17, 2011
  • Werlau now has 10 points, including nine goals scored, over her last two games while she ups her point streak to 10 straight games
  • Cesario recorded three goals and two assists to go along with four ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls for the junior midfielder
  • Cesario now has 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) on the season while she leads the team in ground balls (26) and is second with 14 caused turnovers in 2019
  • Ericson matched her season-high with three assists on the day to go along with two draw controls as she continues to lead the team with 12 assists on the season
  • Wise scored twice to up her season total to 21 through 11 games
  • Sweeney produced her first career multi-goal game as the sophomore midfielder chipped in two goals to go along with one caused turnover and one draw control
  • Getting her first chance at extended minutes, the freshman Reinold delivered with two goals as she now has three points over the last two games after not registered a point in her first five career appearances
  • Millard provided the Pioneer defense with a lift as the converted midfielder played 41:03 minute in the cage and posted a .500 save percentage (four saves on eight shots-on-goal) and picked up the win for SHU
  • Elizabeth Small anchored SHU's defensive effort with four ground balls and two caused turnovers as she upped her team-leading total to 23 caused turnovers on the season

The Pioneers have six days to prepare for their next NEC matchup on Sunday, April 14th as SHU travels to take on LIU Brooklyn at 11:00 AM.