FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team led at halftime Saturday against the Hartford Hawks, but the Hawks used a 5-0 run in the third quarter to take the lead and hang on for a 12-10 win at Campus Field.
Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) and Alex Dodge (Smithtown, N.Y.) each had three goals and an assist on the day. Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) also had a hat trick. Senior defenseman Andrew Newbold (Loveland, Ohio) caused a team-high three turnovers as goalie Jon Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made 13 saves.
Hartford (4-3) opened the scoring with 12:11 to play in the first quarter on a Tate Klidonas goal. Sacred Heart (1-5) tied the game at the 8:25 mark on a man-up goal by Marquis. Adam Yee then won the ensuing faceoff for the Hawks, feeding Kevin O'Shea six seconds after Marquis' tally to make the score 2-1. Hartford extended the lead to two, 3-1 with 1:21 left in the first quarter when Jaedon Henderson assisted on Andrew Cacchio's first goal of the game.
The Pioneers cut the deficit to one 28 seconds into the second quarter on Dodge's first goal of the game, making the score 3-2. Hartford extended the lead to 5-2 at the 13:02 mark after getting goals from O'Shea and Cacchio. Down by three, the Pioneers started a rally. Dodge scored his second goal of the day with 11:26 left in the half, with an assist from Alex Miller (Ridgewood, N.J.) to make the score 5-3. Joe Kemp (Troy, Mich.) won the following faceoff and got the ball to Mawdsley, who scored 10 seconds later to get Sacred Heart within one. Dodge finished off his hat trick at the 8:28 mark of the second quarter, getting an assist from Mawdlsey to tie the game 5-5. The Pioneers were able to get the lead with 4:56 left in the half as Marquis buried a Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) pass into the net to give Sacred Heart a 6-5 advantage.
Sacred Heart extended its four goal run to start the third quarter. Mawdsley scored 44 seconds into the period, catching the deflection of a Brian Masi (Smithtown, N.Y.) shot and slamming home the ball to make the score 7-5. Kemp then won the faceoff and assisted on a Marquis goal 10 seconds later to give the Pioneers' an 8-5 lead. Sacred Heart's offense then went cold for the remainder of the quarter. Hartford scored five goals in a span of 2:25 to take a 10-8 lead with 9:55 left in the third. Flood and Hartford goalie Frank Piechota combined for five saves to stem the scoring in the third quarter.
Miller got the Pioneers within one, 10-9, when he scored with 13:15 remaining in the game. The senior midfielder snagged a Dodge pass and scored from 15 yards out. However, Hartford extended its lead back to two with 5:49 to play when Brad Hutton scored a quick-stick goal right in front of the crease to give the Hawks' an 11-9 lead. Mawdsley got Sacred Heart back within one with 3:32 remaining, but Hartford added another goal in the last two minutes to win 12-10.
Hartford outshot Sacred Heart 46-36 and had 27 ground balls to the Pioneers' 26. The Pioneers won 14 of 27 faceoffs and had 13 turnovers. Cacchio and O'Shea each had five points for the Hawks.
Saturday's Face-Off For a Cause game raised money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. A total of $1,480 was raised to benefit Wounded Warrior Project.
Sacred Heart will open a stretch of three consecutive road games on Saturday, March 22 with a 1 p.m. game at Vermont.