May 1, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (May 1, 2004) - Senior Jorge Bravo (Long Beach, NY) scored with just 57 seconds to play in overtime to give the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team an 11-10 win over visiting Air Force Saturday afternoon. Bravo along with fellow seniors Ben Giamichael (Cortland, NY) and James Delmonico (West Islip, NY) combined for eight of the Pioneers 11 goals to lead SHU to the season ending victory on Senior Day.
The Pioneers trailed 7-4 at the half and battled back to tie the game at 10 all with just under two minutes to play in regulation to send the game to the extra session. Both teams got offensive chances in the overtime period but it was Bravo who made his last collegiate shot count, burying a pass from freshman Francis Hunter (Cheshire, CT) to send the Pioneers home winners.
The game opened with a flurry of goals in the first three and half minutes of play. SHU opened the scoring on Delmonico's first of the afternoon off a feed from sophomore Adam Dzedzy (Glenmoore, PA). The Falcons answered with three straight scores in the span of 2:20 off the sticks of D.J. Benzing, Justin Kuchta and Jared Brush. The Pioneers closed the quarter cutting the lead to 3-2 on a marker by junior Ryan Pettit (Shamong, NJ).
The Falcons built their lead to 5-2 early in the second on Kuchta's second and a man-up goal by William Keleher. SHU answered off Delmonico's stick, man-up, but Air Force would put home two more to hold a three-goal advantage at the half.
Sacred Heart's comeback started at 13:37 of the third quarter when Giamichael picked-up his first goal of the afternoon unassisted. Air Force answered once again but Bravo tallied his first of the day at 5:51 to ignite a Pioneer rally. Forty seconds into the fourth, Bravo scored again followed by Pettit's second just 11 seconds later to tie the game at 8-8.
Air Force jumped back in front, 9-8, with 12:39 to play as Keleher buried a feed from Benzing. SHU tied it once again on Giamichael's man-up goal with just over 11 minutes to play. The game remained tied at 9-9 over the next six minutes of play until Kuchta scored his third goal of the day, unassisted to put the Falcons in front 10-9.
Giamichael and the Pioneers found an answer once again, tying the game up with 1:42 to play as the senior scored on a feed from Dzedzy to set up Bravo's overtime heroics.
Both Giamichael and Bravo tallied three goals apiece in the win while Delmonico and Pettit chipped in with two each. Sophomore Matthew Robideau (Massena, NY) rounded out the SHU scoring with his team-leading 21st goal. Dzedzy picked up four assists in the win. Sophomore Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) made eight saves in the cage to preserve the win for Sacred Heart.
For Air Force, Benzing finished with six points on five assists and a goal. Kuchta had three goals, Keleher and Meister had two apiece with Meister adding three assists to his day's point total. Justin Pavoni turned in a solid performance in goal, recording 15 saves in the taking the loss.
Today's game marked the end of the 2004 season for both teams as the Pioneers finish 3-11 overall and the Falcons end at 4-8. Before the start of today's game, Sacred Heart honored seven graduating seniors, Giamichael, Bravo, Delmonico, Ryan Bodrug (Sidney, British Columbia), Chris Paige (Westfield, MA), Mark Lewis (Milton, MA) and Brandon Godbout (Ballston Lake, NY), who made their final appearances on Campus Field in the Red and White.
Box Score: 1 2 3 4 OT F Air Force (4-8) 3 4 1 2 0 10 Sacred Heart (3-11) 2 2 2 4 1 11
Scoring: Goals SHU -Giamichael (3), Bravo (3), Delmonico (2), Pettit (2), Robideau AFA - Kuchta (3), Meister (2), Keleher (2), Benzing, Colosimo, Brush Assists SHU -Dzedzy (4), Robideau (2), Giamichael, Greco, Hunter AFA - Benzing (5), Meister (3) Goaltending: SHU - Hind, 8 saves; AFA - Pavoni, 15 saves Shots: SHU - 41; AFA - 33 Ground Balls: SHU - 38; AFA - 38 Face-offs: SHU - 11-24; AFA - 13-24 Extra Man: SHU - 2-8; AFA - 2-8