Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Wagner, 18-5, in Season Finale

Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Wagner, 18-5, in Season Finale

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Facing stiff competition in the form of a top-notch Wagner side, the Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team say their 2019 season come to an end with a 18-5 loss to the Seahawks from Hameline Field on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers finish 2-14 (1-6 NEC) on the season while Wagner (13-3, 6-1 NEC) advances to the NEC Tournament as the second seed.

Despite the loss, freshman Lydia Werlau scored one goal to give her 38 goals and a SHU rookie record 45 points on the season. Werlau came into today tied with Christina Macchia's 44-point season in 2001 for the highest single-season rookie point total in program history.

Today's result signals the end of the careers of SHU's five-member senior class – Hanna Wise, Carrie Speicher, Blair Yesko, Anna Finn and Olivia Mittleman – who all played in their final collegiate game on Sunday.

Wagner 18 / Sacred Heart 5

Sacred Heart (2-14, 1-6 NEC) / Wagner (13-3, 6-1 NEC)

Hameline Field / Staten Island, NY

First Half (12-3 WAG)

  • Wagner jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Pioneers found the back of the net for the first time
  • Wise broke the SHU scoreless streak with her first of two goals on the day, with this one coming off a feed from Sydney Ericson
  • The Seahawks tacked on five unanswered goals, taking an 11-1 lead, before the Pioneers responded with consecutive tallies
  • Cassie Cesario broke up the 5-0 Wagner run with her 23rd goal of the season while Kerri Metzler faked out her defender with a nice spin move to net her third goal of the season and make it 11-3 Seahawks
  • Kelsey Savje scored with 54 seconds left in the half to make it 12-3 Wagner at the half

Second Half (18-5 WAG)

  • Facing a nine-goal deficit, SHU saw Wagner increase their advantage to 15-3 nearly midway through the second half
  • Back-to-back SHU goals from Werlau and Wise stymied the Wagner run before three straight Seahawks goals over the final 7:41 gave Wagner the 18-5 victory


  • Making her third start of the season and of her career, Amy Cadle made seven saves in the cage for SHU in her 47:30 minutes of action
  • Wise led the SHU offense with two goals in her final collegiate game
  • Wise finishes the season with 31 goals and 32 points, giving her 69 goals and 73 points across her four-year career
  • Werlau completes a freshman campaign to remember as she racked up SHU rookie records with 45 points and 38 goals to go along with seven assists
  • The 38-goal total is the most for any Pioneer in a single-season since Shelby Vaccaro netted 42 back in 2014
  • Cesario completes a breakout junior campaign with 37 points (23 goals, 14 assists) as she has 82 points heading into her senior year in 2020
  • Cesario set new single-season career-highs in points, goals and assists
  • Ericson finishes 2019 with a team-leading 17 assists to go along with six goals for a total of 23 points
  • Through three seasons, Ericson has racked up 34 career assists and 55 career points
  • Elizabeth Small guided the SHU defensive effort with four caused turnovers and three ground balls
  • Small finished with a team-leading 34 caused turnovers while ranking second on the team with 33 ground balls in 2019
  • For her career, Small has racked up 76 ground balls and 78 caused turnovers in 46 games
  • Casey Hannon put forth a solid effort on the defensive end, matching her season and career high with three ground balls while tying her season-high with two caused turnovers
  • Taylor Sweeney added three ground balls and one caused turnover while Claire McElhenny tied for the team-lead with two draw controls