March 3, 2006
Pioneers Host Manhattan... The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team will look to rebound from their 12-10 loss at the hands of Colgate last Saturday as they welcome Manhattan College to Campus Field. The Pioneers battled back with four third quarter goals to lead 8-7 at the start of the fourth but came up short in their bid for an opening day win. Manhattan took part in the Pioneer Face-Off Classic last weekend where they fell at #15 Denver (19-2) but rebounded with a win over Air Force (5-4).
The Series... The Pioneers are 6-1 all-time versus Manhattan. SHU posted a 13-12 win over the Jaspers last season when the two-teams met in Delray Beach, Florida. The Jaspers lone win in the series came during the 2004 season when they came away with a 10-9 overtime win in Fairfield. The first-ever meeting took place during the 1999 season with SHU posting a 14-5 win.
Up Next... The Pioneers will travel to Colorado where they will play a pair of games. SHU will face Air Force on Friday, March 10th and the take on the #15-ranked Denver Pioneers on Sunday, March 12th.
Last Meeting with Manhattan... The Pioneers scored six-straight goals to open the third quarter and withstood a fourth quarter Manhattan rally to come away with a 13-12 win on March 13, 2005 in Delray Beach, Florida. The Pioneers held a 7-6 lead at the half and came storming out of the break, rolling up six-straight goals to take a commanding 13-6 lead with 7:40 to play in the quarter. Christian Lynch and Peter Greco each scored twice while Tony Tanzi and Dana White also scored on the run. The Jaspers stopped the bleeding with a marker by sophomore Chris Oppito and added another 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. The Jaspers rattled off four-straight, cutting it to 13-12 with 3:17 to go. 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. Greco led SHU with three goals while Tanzi scored twice with an assist. For Manhattan, Eugene Tanner scored once and passed out a game-best four assists. Brian Murray scored three times.
Scouting the Jaspers... The Manhattan Jaspers come into Saturday's game at 1-1 after a split at the University of Denver's Face-Off Classic Tournament last weekend. The Jaspers suffered a 19-2 loss to the #20 Pioneers but rebounded strong with a 5-4 win over Air Force. Junior Brian Murray was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week and freshman John Geagan earned the league's Rookie Award for their play in Colorado. Murray scored four times in the second half of the Jasper's come back win over the Falcons. Geagan made 19 saves in his first collegiate game in the cage to earn his team the win over Air Force. Murray recently learned that he will be a member of the Irish National Team at the 2006 World Lacrosse Games this summer. As a team, the Jaspers were picked 3rd in the MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll. Senior defenseman Pat Farrelly earned a spot on the Preseason All-MAAC team.
SHU Last Time Out... Colgate's Brian Robinson scored five goals, two in the fourth quarter to put the Raiders up for good en route to a 12-10 win over Sacred Heart in the Pioneer's 2006 season opener. SHU trailed 7-4 at the half but scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to carry an 8-7 lead into the final frame. The Raiders answered with five in the fourth and improved to 2-0 on the year while SHU opens at 0-1. SHU got four points apiece from Peter Greco (3g, 1a) and Kiel Adams (2g, 2a) while Matt Robideau added a pair of scores and an assist. Thomas Hind made 15 saves in the cage for SHU.
Four All-CAA Players Return for 2006... Seniors Matt Robideau and Kiel Adams were named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team as juniors while sophomores Tony Tanzi and Billy Fuchs return after earning spots on the CAA All-Rookie team. Robideau and Adams had a combined 64 points (41 goals, 23 assists) in 2005. Tanzi scored nine goals and four assists in 14 games last season and had 28 ground balls. Fuchs was fourth on the team with 14 goals and five assists for 19 points.
Dzedzy and Greco Also Back in the Lineup... Also returning to the field this season is senior Adam Dzedzy and junior Peter Greco, both integral pieces to the SHU offense. Dzedzy had five goals and five assists despite battling injuries all last season. Greco was the Pioneer's third leading scorer in 2005, scoring 17 goals and handing out 11 assists. He lead the team with six man-up goals.
Solid Offense... The Pioneers bring back their top-five scorers from last season where they were second in the CAA in goals per game (10.14), assists (5.79) and man-up scoring percentage (.329).
2006 Schedule... The Pioneers will play a 14 game schedule in 2006 that features seven teams currently ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Top-20 poll. Maryland (#3), UMass (#9), Towson (#11), Delaware (#13) and Denver (#15) were all ranked in this week's poll with Colgate and Hofstra also receiving votes. SHU opens the 6 game CAA schedule on March 25th hosting new member Robert Morris. The Pioneers will play Maryland and Binghamton for the first time in school history.
Pioneer History... This is the 16th season of men's lacrosse at Sacred Heart. The Pioneers post a mark of 100-105 (.488) in their 16 year history. Head Coach Tom Mariano is the program's longest tenured coach in his 10th season at the helm. SHU begins it's fifth season of competition in the Colonial Athletic Association, one of the premier lacrosse leagues in the NCAA. Prior to joining the league, the Pioneers spent two seasons competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.