SACRED HEART (3-8) VS. Mount St. Mary's (3-7)
Game 12 * Staten Island, N.Y. * 1:00 p.m.
Setting the Scene… The preseason favorite and defending NEC champion Mount St. Mary's hosts the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Saturday as both teams are still looking for their first NEC victory as the season is coming to a close. The 3-8 Pioneers are hoping to snap a four game losing streak in the final road game of the year before coming home next week to face in-state rival Quinnipiac.
Last Time Out… The Pioneers headed into the final quarter of the game with a two-goal lead, but the Seahawks held the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team scoreless while netting five goals to earn Wagner its first win of the season. The Pioneers dominated the second period. Sophomore goalie Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) recorded four saves in the quarter shutting out Wagner and allowing the Pioneers to go on an offensive streak. Sophomore Tom Sardelli (Rochester, Mich.) kicked off the run with 11:12 remaining in the half, getting the ball from Ferrino and launching a shot to the bottom right of the goal. Sardelli's classmate Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) got scored back-to-back goals on Wagner goalie Nicholas Gibaldi less than two minutes apart. Gannon also had a hand in the first of two Pioneer goals in the final minute of the half, dishing the ball to senior Aaron Lupo (Schenectady, N.Y.) giving Sacred Heart their first lead of the day. Junior Steve Kontos (Danvers, Mass.) dominated the faceoff circle, winning 20 out of 23 on the day.
Pioneer News and Notes… Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) leads the league averaging 1.80 assists per game… Matt Ferrino and Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, On.) sit atop the NEC averaging 0.45 man-up goals per game… Sophomore goalie Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) has had double-digit saves in all nine games he has started this season… Mawdsley leads the Pioneer offense with 23 goals this season…
All-Time vs. Mount… Sacred Heart has never beaten Mount St. Mary's in five meeting over the last 12 years. The first time the teams faced off on April 8, 2000, the Pioneers fell just one goal short, picking up a 9-8 loss.
Last Meeting with Mount St. Mary's… Leading 3-2 at the half, the Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team came out flat in the third quarter and was outscored 6-0 en route to an 11-7 Northeast Conference loss to Mount St. Mary's at Campus Field. Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, On.) led the Pioneers with three goal in the loss.
Scouting the Mount… Mount St. Mary's comes into Saturday's matchup carrying a 3-7 record and are still looking for their first conference win after falling to Quinnipiac 8-12, Bryant 9-17 and Robert Morris 14-17. Twin brothers Brett and Bryant Schmidt lead the Mount offensively with 21 goals each this season. Mount leads the NEC in man-up scoring percentage (39.3), penalties per game (2.90), penalty minutes per game (2.50) and turnovers per game (13.50). Goalie Chris Klaiber owns a 45.9 save percentage and averages 11.55 goals against per game.