BURLINGTON, VT (March 17, 2012) - The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team rallied back from five-goals down to tie late in the fourth quarter but Vermont's Connor McNamara delivered the game-winner scoring with 10 seconds left to give the Catamounts their first win of the season, 12-11, on Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Pioneers fall to 2-4 with the loss, their fourth loss this season by two goals or less.
Sophomore midfielder Tom Sardelli (Rochester, MI) scored three goals to lead eight Pioneers who found the scoring column on Saturday. Sophomore defender Andrew Newbold (Loveland, OH) scored a pair of the Pioneers in the loss.
SHU dominated the first and fourth quarters, putting five goals up in each session, outscoring th Catamounts 10-4 in that time frame. SHU opened the game with three-straight goals in just under the first four minutes of play. Sardelli started it off with a man-up goal off a pass from Matt Gannon (Huntington, NY) just 56 seconds into the game. Senior Aaron Lupo (Schenectady, NY) scored unassisted at 11:21 and junior Stephen Kontos (Danvers, MA) took the ensuing drawn and raced in for a goal just eight seconds later.
Junior Matt King (Brewster, NY) and Newbold tacked on first quarter scores and the Pioneers carried a 5-3 lead into the second. Newbold's goal came at 4:37 in the first as the Vermont defense and goalkeeper David Barton would keep the Pioneers off the scoreboard until 8:45 of the third quarter. Barton collected seven of his 15 saves during the second and third quarters and helped his team build an 11-6 lead after three.
McNamara scored the first of what would be three goals on the afternoon during what was a 6-0 Catamount run over SHU's scoreless streak. Sardelli finally got the Pioneers back on the scoreboard at 8:45 to cut the lead to 8-6 but UVM would close the third quarter with goals by Drew Philie, McNamara and Cal Case to head to the fourth up five.
The Pioneers found their offense again in the fourth as five different Pioneers tallied goals in just under 10 minutes of play to knot the game at 11-11. Newbold started the rally off the opening face-off just 26 seconds in. Senior Chris Casey (Duxbury, MA), Sardelli, and senior Matt Ferino (Orchard Park, NY) followed to pull SHU within 11-10 at 8:50.
Senior Trevor Dauses (Glen Arm, MD) would go on to tie it with an unassisted score at 5:10. SHU successfully killed off a late one-minute slashing penalty and after a Ryan Hughes (Bayport, NY) save gave the Pioneers the ball back with 1:31 to play and a chance to take the lead back.
Sardelli went looking for the go-ahead with 58 seconds left but was denied by Barton. SHU scooped the loose ball and looked to reset the offense but Michael Connors caused a turnover to give the Catamounts back the ball. After a time-out at the 30 second mark, A.J. Masson battled his way out of the left corner and found McNamara in front for the game-winner with 10.7 seconds showing on the clock. Andrew Muscara won the face-off to seal the win.
The Pioneers will turn around and face their second America East opponent of the season on Wednesday when they play host to the Hartford Hawks at 3:00 pm on Campus Field.