SHU Pioneers Handed 14-5 Loss by #11 Towson Tigers
April 22, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 22, 2006) - Towson got three goals apiece from seniors Kyle Fiat and Phil Grillo and sophomore Brian Vetter as the #11 Tigers posted a 14-5 win over Sacred Heart in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers finished the CAA schedule at 2-4 and will close out the season on Wednesday hosting Hartford. Towson improves to 5-1 in the league and moves on to the conference tournament in two weeks.
The Tigers (8-4, 5-1 CAA) dominated offensively throughout, ringing up 61 shots to Sacred Heart's 26. Towson took command in the early going, running out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Fiat, Vetter, Grillo and Bobby Griebe in the first quarter. SHU got on the board with seven ticks left in the opening quarter as junior Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) scored unassisted.
Towson opened the second just as they did in the first, scoring the first four goals over a seven minute span. Grillo scored his second of the day at 13:19 to start the run that ended with Fiat's second at 8:07. SHU's Kiel Adams (Rome, NY) scored SHU's second goal on a broken Towson clear but the Tigers added another before the half ended on Fiat's third to go into the break up 9-2. Towson dominated in the face-off circle, winning 11 of 13 draws.
The third quarter followed the same script as the first half with the Tigers running off another four-straight while holding the Pioneers scoreless to cement the game away. Grillo scored his third, man-up, at 10:44 from Steve Mull to make it 10-2. Goals by Todd MacMullan, Matt Zando, his first of the year, and Timmy Andre followed and the Tigers ended the third with a 13-2 lead.
Sacred Heart (2-11, 2-4 CAA) scored twice to start the fourth as senior Tim Rogers (Farmingdale, NY) recorded his first goal of the year off a feed from junior Brendan McAuley (Hicksville, NY). Sophomore Billy Fuchs (Merrick, NY) scored his 11th of the year off a feed from freshman Bobby Karl (Arnold, MD), his team leading 10th assist to make it 13-4. Towson got their final goal at the 6:26 mark on Vetter's third, off a feed from Grillo and SHU closed out the scoring at the 4:35 mark with a man-up goal from Adams.
Towson's Grillo added an assist to his three goals for four points on the day. Goalkeeper Mark DeGroat made five saves in earning the win for the Tigers.
The Pioneers recognized their nine graduating seniors before today's game. Captains Matt Robideau, Kiel Adams, Chad Clark, Thomas Hind along with Kevin Walker, Tim Rogers, Adam Dzedzy, James Hinkson and Jim Millhausen were recognized before the game with their parents.