FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Coming off a thrilling 9-8 overtime win at Marist, the Sacred Heart Pioneers return home to Campus Field to take on the Dartmouth Big Green at 12:00 pm.
About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart enters the weekend at 1-1 after it posted its first win of the season in dramatic fashion at Marist, last Saturday. Freshman attack Mike Mawdsley scored each of his first four collegiate goals, including the game-winner, against the Red Foxes. He is tied with sophomore attack Bryan Badolato for the team lead in points with five. Badolato has found the back of the net twice to go with a team-high three assists. In net, senior goalie Zach Frank has totaled 22 saves for a .550 save percentage and 8.74 goals against average, through two games. Sophomore midfielder Stephen Kontos has collected a team-high nine groundballs, while sophomore defender Nick Soubry has caused four turnovers.
Scouting the Big Green... Dartmouth fell at home in its season opener to Colgate, 13-8, Saturday afternoon. Despite cutting a six-goal lead down to three, the Big Green was not able to complete the comeback as the Raiders posted two late goals to push the final deficit to five. Senior midfielder Rhett Miller and sophomore midfielder Chris Costabile each tallied a hat trick in the loss. Between the pipes, junior goalie Fergus Campbell provided seven stops. Junior midfielder Alex Del Balso won 10 face-offs and grabbed a team-high seven groundballs.
Last Time Out... The Pioneers avenged an overtime loss at the hands of Marist at Campus Field last season with a 9-8 OT victory on the road against the Red Foxes last Saturday. Mawdsley posted the game-winner, on his fourth score of the day, as he snagged the ball out of midair, in front of the cage, and quickly snapped it into the net with just 26 seconds remaining in the extra frame. The Pioneers trailed 7-5 late in the third, until Mawdsley brought them within one on a man-up goal. Badolato tied the game at seven, midway through the fourth and Mawdsley put them on top just 15 seconds later. Marist sophomore Aedan Herman brought the teams back to even, on a man-up opportunity, with 4:08 remaining to force overtime. In the first quarter, Mawdsley recorded his first collegiate goal, the only score for either side in the period. SHU went up 3-0 off goals from sophomore Trevor Dauses and freshman Cody Marquis in the early moments of the second. After the Red Foxes posted their first score of the day, freshman Tim Caton and Badolato extended the Pioneer lead to 5-1. In the second half, Marist came out hot and tallied five straight scores to go up 7-5. Frank came up with 14 saves in the win for Sacred Heart, while sophomore Brendan Price stopped 11 shots for the Red Foxes.
Last Time They Met... The Pioneers and Big Green have not faced off since 2005. Sacred Heart was victorious in that game 9-8 in overtime, on the road. Similar to last week's win over Marist, Adam Dzedzy buried a shot with 28 seconds left in OT, off a feed from Kieran Carney, to win the game for the Pioneers. Billy Fuchs tallied a hat trick for SHU, while Matthew Robideau added two scores and two helpers. For Dartmouth, Ben Grinnell registered a hat trick of his own to go with a pair of assists and Andrew Goldstein stopped 15 shots in net.
All-Time vs. Dartmouth... Sacred Heart's lone victory over Dartmouth came in 2005, the last time the two team's took the field together, 9-8 on the road in overtime. The Pioneers and Big Green faced each other for eight straight years, between 1998 and 2005, with Dartmouth taking each of the first seven match-ups to hold a 1-7 series lead.
On This Date... The Pioneers are 2-1 when playing on March 5. They first played on this date in 1995, and lost to St. Andrew's, but exacted revenge with a 19-9 win over St. Andrew's at Duke in 1997. The only other contest for SHU on this date was a 14-6 win over Manhattan on Campus Field in 2008.
Weekly Honors... Freshman attack Mike Mawdsley received a pair of weekly awards for his four-goal effort at Marist this week. First he was named the Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Sacred Heart Student-Athlete of the Week and was later named the NEILA/Turfer Player of the Week by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association for the week ending February 27.
Up Next... Sacred Heart remains at home to take on Mercer, who is competing at the Division I level for the first time, at 3:00 pm on March 8.