Women’s Lacrosse Falls to League-Leader Mount St. Mary’s

Women’s Lacrosse Falls to League-Leader Mount St. Mary’s

EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team dropped a 17-6 decision at league-leading Mount St. Mary's on Friday afternoon. The Pioneers dip to 2-13 overall (1-5 NEC) while the Mountaineers win their 11th straight to move to 14-2 overall (6-0 NEC).

Lydia Werlau made more history on Friday, notching two goals to give her 37 for the season and upping her point total to 44. The team and NEC rookie leader in points, Werlau moved into a tie with Christina Macchia (44 points in 2001) for the SHU rookie points record. Werlau already has the SHU rookie goal-scoring record.

Mount St. Mary's 17 / Sacred Heart 6

Sacred Heart (2-13, 1-5 NEC) / Mount St. Mary's (14-2, 6-0 NEC)

Waldron Family Stadium / Emmitsburg, MD

First Half (10-3 MSM)

  • An explosive first half saw Mount score 10 times while SHU posted three in the opening 30 minutes
  • After consecutive Mountaineer goals Sydney Ericson got the scoring started for SHU with her fifth goal of the season 5:07 into the game
  • MSM built up their lead to 6-1 before SHU scored two of the next three goals to make it 7-3 with 2:48 left in the first half
  • Hanna Wise started with a free position goal and Werlau followed over four minutes later with her first tally of the day
  • Three key MSM goals finished the half as all were scored over the final 2:19 of the stanza as the Mountaineers stretched their advantage from four all the way to seven
  • SHU won the turnover battle in the first half, forcing 12 MSM turnovers compared to nine for the Pioneers, but a 5-0 MSM advantage in saves was the key stat in the 10-3 Mountaineer domination

Second Half (17-6 MSM)

  • Wise scored her second of the day with 28:06 remaining to make it 10-4 but another 3-0 Mountaineer stretched their lead to 13-4
  • SHU notched consecutive goals over a span of 34 seconds as Ericson netted an unassisted tally and Werlau scored a free position strike to make it 13-6 with 12:42 remaining
  • The remainder of play, however, was dominated by the Mountaineers as the final four goals scored on the day were all by MSM to finish off the 17-6 win for the home side


  • Three Pioneers – Wise, Werlau and Ericson – netted two goals apiece to account for the SHU goal scoring
  • This marked the second multi-goal game of the season for Ericson while she extended her point scoring streak to six straight games
  • Wise added two goals to give her 29 on the season and extend her goal-scoring streak to five straight games
  • Werlau added three draw controls with her two goals, tied for her second-highest single-game total of the season
  • SHU dominated with a 15-10 lead in draw controls on the day
  • Claire McElhenny posted six draw controls to lead SHU while adding three ground balls
  • Elizabeth Small went for five draw controls and one caused turnover
  • The trio of Werlau, McElhenny and Small tallied 14 of the Pioneers' 15 draw controls
  • Cassie Cesario posted three caused turnovers to go along with four ground balls
  • Despite the 11-goal deficit, SHU trailed Mount by a slim 28-18 margin in shots for the game
  • Jillian Petito starred in the cage for Mount as she tallied 10 saves and allowed just six goals in her 60 minutes of action

The Pioneers finish the 2019 season with a matchup at Wagner (12-3, 5-1 NEC) on Sunday with the opening draw set for 1 PM.