FAIRFIELD, Conn – Junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) ran into the record books and the Sacred Heart defense recorded its second shutout of the season, as the Pioneers defeated the Duquesne Dukes 10-0 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. Sacred Heart improves to 9-2 on the season and 3-2 in the Northeast Conference.
On the way to breaking the Sacred Heart single season rushing record, Spence rushed for 181 yards on a career high 35 carries. The junior back now has rushed for 1,364 yards this season, breaking Ed Pricolo's record of 1,339 rushing yards in 2004. Spence's 22-yard touchdown run with 3:40 left put the pioneers up 10-0.
R. J Noel (Lowell, MA) added 88 yards on the ground as the Pioneers ran for a total of 299 yards. The rookie quarterback finished the afternoon with 167 total yards.
J.D. Roussel (Pawtucket, RI), Troy Moore (Worcester, MA), Dennis Regan (Philadelphia, PA) all recorded interceptions for a Pioneer defense that recorded its second shutout this season (Bucknell). Regan's interception in the end zone ended a promising Duquesne drive with 12:08 left in the second quarter.
Locked in a 0-0 tie in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers finally got on the board with a Chris Rogers (Cazenovia, NY) 31-yard field. Noel started the drive with an 11 yard rush and then a 13 yard completion to senior Greg Moore (Newark, NJ). Moore was the Pioneers leading receiver with 5 receptions for 37 yards. Spence closed out the ten play scoring drive with six straight carries to bring the Pioneers into field goal position.
Duquesne missed a few opportunities to take the lead on the Pioneers, missing two field goals and having another one blocked right before halftime. Junior defensive lineman Connor Caveney (Fitchburg, MA) came up with the field goal block to send the game into halftime tied at zero.
Duquesne first year quarterback Dillon Buechel struggled against a fierce Pioneer defense, finishing the day 15 of 43 for 167 yards and three interceptions.
Sacred Heart closes out the 2013 regular season next weekend with a trip to Robert Morris.
Notes: SHU finished the season 5-1 on Campus Field. Today was the Pioneers' first ever home victory against Duquesne. SHU honored its 15 departing seniors prior to the game.