Pioneer Men's Lacrosse Holds On Against Manhattan, 13-12

March 13, 2005

Final Stats

DELRAY BEACH, FL (March 13, 2005) - The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team scored six-straight goals to open the third quarter and withstood a fourth quarter Manhattan College rally to come away with a 13-12 win on Sunday afternoon, their final day in Florida. The Pioneers finish 3-0 on the trip while the Jasper fall to 1-3 overall with the loss.

Manhattan struck first Sunday when Sean Crowley took a feed from Eugene Tanner and scored at the 12:32 mark. The Pioneers wasted little time in answering when senior Blake Reardon (St. Michael, MN) won the draw and sophomore Casey Kirch (Newtown, CT) scooped up the ground ball and scored on the break away 10 second later.

After another Jasper goal, SHU tacked on three in the closing minutes. A score by Kevin Kimball (Framingham, MA), Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) and Tony Tanzi (Mahopac, NY) gave the Pioneers a 4-2 lead after one.

SHU extended the lead to 5-2 just 16 second into the second quarter on an unassisted score by junior Kiel Adams (Rome, NY). Manhattan stormed back with four-straight goals, two by sophomore Brian Murray, to take the lead, 6-5, with 9:06 to go in the half.

The Pioneers tied it up less than a minute later on the man-up offense when freshman Billy Fuchs (Merrick, NY) buried a feed from Adams. SHU jumped in the lead with 1:42 to go when junior Matthew Robideau (Massena, NY) scored unassisted giving the Pioneers a 7-6 lead at the half.

Sacred Heart stormed out of the break, rolling up six-straight goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 13-6 lead with 7:40 to play. Senior Christian Lynch (Northport, NY) and Greco each scored twice while Tanzi added his second and senior Dana White (Gorham, ME) scored unassisted on the run.

The Jaspers stopped the bleeding with a marker by sophomore Chris Oppito and another by Crowley to close the quarter down 13-8. Manhattan kept the pressure on and turned what looked to be a runaway win for Sacred Heart into a nail biter.

Murray got it started with his third of the afternoon followed by a score by freshman Jonathan Chambers. Junior Greg Lewis put Manhattan down 13-11 with a score at 7:29 and Chambers struck again at 3:17 to slice the lead to one, 13-12. Manhattan had a chance, taking the face-off, but turned the ball over on what was their last offensive possession. The Pioneers successfully cleared the ball and then killed off close to three minutes to earn the win.

Reardon and freshman Joe Cavagnaro (Kinnelon, NJ) gave the Pioneers a big advantage on the face-off, winning 19-of-28. Reardon was 14-of-21 and Cavagnaro was five-of-eight. Greco led SHU with three goals while Tanzi scored twice with an assist and Lynch scored twice. Senior Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) made six saves in goal for the Pioneers.

For Manhattan, Tanner scored once and passed out a game-best four assists. Murray scored three times with an assist while Crowley and Lewis each found the back of the net twice. Sophomore Justin Henry made 11 saves in the cage for the Jaspers.

The Pioneers return to action next Saturday, March 19th when they travel to Dartmouth College for a 3:00 pm start.