Sacred Heart Falls To High Point’s Fourth Quarter Comeback 12-10

Sacred Heart Falls To High Point’s Fourth Quarter Comeback 12-10

Sacred Heart Falls To High Point's Fourth Quarter Comeback 12-10

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team led the High Point Panthers 8-5 after the third quarter Saturday at Campus Field, but the visitors outscored the Pioneers 7-2 in the fourth to win 12-10.

Midfielders Alex Miller (Ridgewood N.J.) and Brian Masi (Smithtown, N.Y.) each had hat tricks for the Pioneers. Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) also had three points on three assists. Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) had two points on a goal and an assist. Andrew Newbold (Loveland, Ohio) and Jimmy Eazor (Centennial, Colo.) each scored their first goals of the season. Joe Kemp (Troy, Mich.) won 15 of 26 faceoffs and had a team-high eight groundballs.

High Point (2-2) controlled play early, scoring two goals in the first four minutes. Dan Lomas and Bucky Smith gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with 11:24 remaining in the first quarter. Michael LeClair put High Point ahead 3-0 with 8:05 left in the first, prompting a Sacred Heart (0-2) timeout. The Pioneers got on the board with 2:43 to play in the opening quarter as Miller scored with Sacred Heart on the extra-man. The Panthers responded less than two minutes later, as Bucky Smith scored to give High Point a 4-1 lead after the first quarter.

The Pioneers scored three unanswered goals in the second quarter to tie the game 4-4. Masi scored his first career goal man-up with 7:34 to play in the quarter, with an assist from Marquis. Eazor then put an Alec Dauses (Glen Arm, Md.) pass into the net at the 6:15 mark to make the score 4-3. Masi then tied the game with an alley dodge, rifling a shot past Austin Geisler to tie the game 4-4 with 2:55 left until halftime. Forty-one seconds later, High Point took back the lead on a Matt Thistle man-up goal that gave the Panthers a 5-4 halftime lead.

Sacred Heart dominated the third quarter, outshooting High Point 19-4. The Pioneers leveled the game, 5-5, with 11:54 remaining in the third on Masi's third goal of the game. Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) gave the Pioneers' their first lead of the game with his goal at the 8:00 mark of the quarter, putting in the rebound of a Miller shot. Miller then scored his second goal of the game with 4:14 left in the quarter to make the score 7-5. With 11 seconds left, Newbold scooped a ground ball and went coast-to-coast to score and give Sacred Heart an 8-5 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

High Point answered the Pioneers' four-goal run in the third with a four-goal run of its own in the fourth quarter. Christian Beith scored 20 seconds into the quarter, as back-to-back Brad James goals tied the game 8-8 with 11:02 to play. Thistle put the Panthers back in the lead at the 9:56 mark, making the score 9-8. Miller capped off his hat trick with an alley-dodge goal with 7:06 to play to tie the score at 9-9. Gannon then tallied his first goal of the season with 4:01 to play, scoring from right in front of the Panthers' goal to give Sacred Heart the 10-9 advantage. Mitchell Dupere tied the game 10-10 for High Point with 2:05 remaining, with Lomas scoring just over one minute later to give High Point an 11-10 lead. Smith tacked on a goal in the final seconds to make the final score 12-10.

Sacred Heart outshot High Point 51-25 for the game, but were outshot 12-9 in the final quarter. The Panthers held a 32-29 advantage in ground balls. The Pioneers were 2-for-6 on the extra man as High Point was 1-for-2. Smith had a hat trick for High Point as Thistle had four points on two goals and two assists.

The Pioneers now travel to Dallas, Texas to face Dartmouth on Saturday, March 1 in the Patriot Cup at SMU's Ford Stadium. Face-off is at 1 p.m. eastern.