February 28, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Set For Showdown With Dartmouth In Patriot Cup In Dallas

Dartmouth Big Green (0-2) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (0-2)

Patriot Cup

 March 1, 1 PM - Ford Stadium - Dallas, Texas

Game Notes

The Week Ahead: Sacred Heart travels to Dallas to face Dartmouth in the Patriot Cup. The Pioneers are still looking for their first win under new head coach Jon Basti. The Pioneers have been in the lead, or been down by one goal, heading into the fourth quarter in both games this season.

Series History Vs. Dartmouth: Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart 9-1. The Big Green won the last meeting 11-10 on March 3, 2012 in Hanover, N.H. Mike Mawdsley had four goals as Matt Gannon added four assists. The Pioneers are 2-13 all-time against the Ivy League. Sacred Heart has also faced Brown (0-2) and Yale (1-2).

Last Time Out: Sacred Heart dropped its second game in a row to open the season on Feb. 22, losing 12-10 to High Point. The Pioneers overcame a 5-4 halftime deficit by scoring four unanswered goals in the third quarter to lead 8-5 heading into the fourth. High Point opened the final quarter on a 4-0 run to take a 9-8 lead. Sacred Heart got goals from Alex Miller and Matt Gannon to take a 10-9 lead before the Panthers scored the final three goals of the game. Alex Miller and Brian Masi each had three goals for the Pioneers. Cody Marquis had three assists as Matt Gannon added a goal and an assist. Joe Kemp won 15 of 26 faceoffs.

Mawdsley Aproaching 100 Points: With two goals and an assist in two games this season, senior attackman Mike Mawdsley now has 86 goals and 99 points, putting him one shy of 100 for his career. He has scored at least 25 goals in each of his first three seasons as a Pioneer, tallying a career-high 30 in 2012 while shooting 56.6%. Mawdsley is on pace to become the ninth Pioneer to reach 100 career points.

Three Is A Magic Number:  Sacred Heart has gotten hat tricks from three different players in the first two games this season. Sophomore Alex Dodge had his first three-goal game of his career in the opener against Binghamton, as senior Alex Miller and freshman Brian Masi each had three goals against High Point last Saturday. Senior attack Cody Marquis had three assists last Saturday, his first three-assist game since April 7, 2012 against Robert Morris.

Pioneers And Wounded Warrior Project: Saturday's Patriot Cup game is the first of two benefits the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team is participating in for Wounded Warrior Project. The Pioneers will host Face-Off For A Cause on March 15 when Sacred Heart takes on Hartford. The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.