March 15, 2012

Pioneers Will Hit the Road with a Stop at Vermont on Saturday

SACRED HEART (2-3) AT VERMONT (0-6)

Game 05 * Burlington, VT * 1:00 pm * Virtue Field

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Setting the Scene...  The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team heads north to the University of Vermont off a pair of wins last week.  The Pioneers nabbed their first win of 2012 in upset fashion, knocking off then #15 ranked Yale, 13-12.  SHU closed out the week using a big second half to take down Manhattan, 9-6, on Saturday.  The Catamounts are still searching for their first win over 2012 and are coming off a 9-8 loss to Holy Cross on Tuesday.

Last Time Out...  SHU sophomore Mike Mawdsley scored four goals, two man-up, to help fuel a second half comeback in a 9-6 win over Manhattan.  The Jaspers jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held a 3-2 advantage at the half before the Pioneers struck for five goals in the third en route to the win.  Sophomore Cody Marquis started a 6-0 Sacred Heart run with a second quarter goal and ended the rally in the third with his second score to give the Pioneers a 6-3 lead with 6:41 left.  Mawdsley scored twice on the run as well.  Marquis would tack on a third goal with four ticks left in the quarter and Mawdsley found the back of the cage twice in the fourth quarter to secure the win.  Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Hughes turned in his third-straight game with 12 saves to earn the win.  SHU went three-of-five on man-up opportunities and won 12 of 19 face-offs, all by junior Stephen Kontos. 

Pioneer News & Notes...  SHU sophomore attacker Mike Mawdsley has been on a tear, scoring 13 of his team-high 15 goals in the last three games...Mawdsley was rewarded for his career-high five goals effort vs. Yale and four goal afternoon against  Manhattan with both the NEC Offensive Player of the Week and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Week awards...Mawdsley has 15 goals on 24 shots, a .625 shooting percentage...Mawdsley took over the NEC scoring lead, averaging 3.00 goals per game and leads the league with four man-up goals...Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Hughes registered 24 saves in both wins last week, earning the NEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week award...Hughes is sporting a 9.34 goals against average, second among NEC leaders, and a .543 save percentage...The Pioneers as a team are second in the NEC in scoring, averaging 10.20 goals per game...SHU has the NEC's top man-up offense, scoring 10 times on 23 opportunities...Sophomores Matt Gannon and Cody Marquis rank first and third, respectively, in assists per game...Gannon is dishing out 2.75 assists per game while Marquis is passing out 1.80 per game...Junior Stephen Kontos is third in the NEC in face-off percentage, winning 63 of 114 (.553).

All-Time vs. Vermont...  Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Pioneers and the Catamounts on the lacrosse field.

Scouting the Catamounts...  The Vermont Catmounts saw an 8-5 lead with 10:46 to play against Holy Cross erased by four-straight Crusader goals, the game-winner coming with 30 seconds to play.  The Catamounts are 0-6 to start the season but have played four-ranked opponents (Colgate, Harvard, Virginia, Fairfield) and will play just their second game at home on Virtue Field Saturday afternoon.  Vermont lost to Fairfield at home, 14-7, last Sunday.  Vermont has a pair of 10 goal scorers in junior Drew Philie and sophomore Connor McNamara.  Senior attacker Geoff Worley has scored six times and assisted on nine others for a team-best 15 points.  Senior goalie David Barton has played the majority of minutes with a 13.67 goals against average and a .486 save percentage.

Around the NEC...  Joining SHU's Mawdsley and Hughes as a NEC Weekly Award winner this week was Quinnipiac freshman Michael Sagl who scored four goals with two assists in a loss to Detroit Mercy...Hughes shared the Defensive Player of the Week Dillon Pope of Robert Morris...The Robert Morris Colonials and Bryant Bulldogs could crack the USILA Coaches Top-20 and NIKE/InsideLacrosse.com Media Top-20 polls with a couple of wins this week.  The Colonials received votes in both polls this week after their win over #20 ranked Ohio State last week.  The Bulldogs received votes in this week's Coaches' Poll. 

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