Men's Lacrosse Defeats Hartford, 12-10
April 25, 2007
WEST HARTFORD, CT - Sophomore Bobby Rushton scored three times and added an assist, while sophomore Zach Smith won all 25 of the faceoffs taken on the night to set a new NCAA record and lead the Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team to a 12-10 win at the University of Hartford Wednesday night. Sacred Heart, 3-8, had eight different players in the scoring column.
Smith was perfect on the game for the Pioneers going 25 of 25 in the face-off column and setting an NCAA Division I record in the process. Smith became the seventh player in NCAA history to finish a game with a perfect faceoff percentage (1.000) in a minmum of 10 attempts. Smith's feat moves to the top of the list for best perfect performance however, besting Alex Garn of Army who won 20-of-20 against Lafayette in 2001. In addition to his perfect night, Smith picked up 18 ground balls in the win.
Ricardo Vargas finished with ten saves for the Pioneers.
Hartford, 2-11, wad led by Justin Bearse who finished the game with four goals while Rob Steffens tallied three goals of his own. Brian Tilley, Jacob Eustice and Steve Roop contributed with one goal each. Sophomore goalie Jon McMahon finished with 13 saves.
Steffens gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead with a goal just :25 into the game off a pass from Tom Harris. Less than two minutes expired before Bearse hit his first goal of the game with an assist from David Spivey to put the Hawks up 2-0.
The Pioneers would get their first goal of the game from Morse off a rebound in front of the net at the 9:36 mark. A Hartford player would then get a three minute penalty for an illegal stick to give Sacred Heart the man-up advantage. The Pioneers would capitalize with two goals- one coming from Rory Morse and the other from Evan Morgan to make it 3-2. Rushton would hit two more goals for the Pioneers give SHU a 5-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Nicholas Russo put Sacred Heart ahead 6-2 with the first goal of the second quarter. Hartford then hit three consecutive goals to close within one at 6-5 with just over two minutes left in the half.
Michael Collins scored the next two goals of the game for the Pioneers, allowing them to go into the intermission ahead 8-6.
The two teams would trade goals the remainder of the game. A Peter Greco goal with 9:11 left in the game gave the Pioneers a 12-8 lead. Steffens and Bearse would score for the Hawks in the final six minutes to close out the scoring.