March 15, 2007
Sacred Heart Pioneers (1-2, 0-0 CAA) vs. Binghamton Bearcats (1-3, 0-0 America East)
Saturday, March 17, 2007- 1:00 pm - Binghamton, New York - Alumni Stadium (2,000)
Pioneers Travel to Binghamton... Sacred Heart makes the trip to Binghamton University Saturday afternoon to take on the Bearcats of the America East conference. The Pioneers are looking to shake off a 10-8 loss at Manhattan last weekend where they led 4-3 at the half but a 7-2 run by the Jaspers into the fourth quarter sealed their fate. SHU senior Peter Greco scored three times in the loss while freshman Evan Morgan continued his hot start with two goals and two assists. The Bearcats are coming in off an 11-4 win over Marist at home last Saturday. Binghamton opened 2007 with losses to Cornell, this week's top-ranked team in the nation, Hobart and Drexel.
The Series... The Bearcats lead the all-time series, 1-0. Binghamton traveled to Fairfield last season for the inaugural meeting between the two schools and came away with a 10-8 fourth quarter comeback win.
Up Next... The Pioneers will continue their four game road trip on Tuesday, March 20th when they travel to UMass for a 3:00 pm start. SHU wraps up the trip at Robert Morris on March 25th in their CAA opener.
Last Meeting with Binghamton... Binghamton ran off three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to edge Sacred Heart, 10-8, on March 18th last season. The Pioneers were down 3-0 when junior Mike Collins scored with 1:15 left in the first to get them on the board. Freshman Nicholas Russo got the Pioneer comeback started with a goal at the 6:38 mark of the second quarter. The Pioneers then rattled off markers by Kiel Adams and Matthew Robideau to draw even with 2:36 left in the first half. However, the Bearcats scored twice in the final 1:14 to take a 6-4 lead into the locker room. Robideau scored his second of three goals on the day 1:31 into the third quarter to draw the Pioneers within 6-5. After Jake Boyce completed his goal trifecta for the Bearcats, Robideau wrapped up his to make the score 7-6. Adams drew the Pioneers even and then, with 26 seconds left in the third and the Pioneers a man-up, sophomore Billy Fuchs scored to put the Pioneers up 8-7. However, the Pioneers could not hold the lead in the final quarter with Binghamton tacking on three unanswered for the win
Greco and Morgan Guiding the Offense... The SHU offensive attack has been led by senior Peter Greco and freshman Evan Morgan through three games on SHU's schedule. Greco is coming off a three goal effort at Manhattan last time out and is leading the team with 11 points (4 goals/7 assists). Morgan has a team best five goals while matching that with five assists. Morgan has taken just eight shots, six on goal, in three games (.750 SOG%). Greco has a pair of man-up goals while Morgan has scored once man-up and once man-down.
CAA Rankings... The Sacred Heart offense is ranked first in the Colonial Athletic Association in points per game (19.00), assists per game (7.33), shot percentage (.297) and second in goals per game (11.67). Peter Greco is second in the league in points per game (3.67) while Evan Morgan is third (3.33). Greco leads the conference in assists per game (2.33) with Morgan second (1.67). Sophomore Zach Smith is fifth in the CAA in face-off percentage (27-19 - .587).
Sacred Heart Offense Shines... The Pioneers posted their largest margin of victory since the 2002 season, beating Wagner 22-5 on March 3rd. SHU's offense was led by 15 different Pioneers who scored goals in the win. Fifteen of the Pioneer's 22 goals were assisted as SHU posted it's biggest win since beating the Seahawks 22-4 in 2002. Freshman Timmy Katz, Dan Mesler, John Flood and Stephen Gerhard all scored their first collegiate goals.
Greco Sets School Record... Senior Peter Greco established a new Sacred Heart record for assists in a game when he passed out six in SHU's win over Wagner two weeks ago. The senior distributed assists to five different players as the Pioneers posted their biggest win in five years, earning him CAA Co-Player of the Week honors. Greco's six helpers breaks the record of five held by Mike Robel versus Drexel in 2002 and SHU assistant coach Chris Lukowski versus Dowling in 1996.
Strength of CAA Lacrosse... The 2007 season is just underway but the Colonial Athletic Association is showing early signs of being a force across the national lacrosse landscape. The league has three teams ranked in this week's national lacrosse polls. In the USILA coaches poll, Delaware is #14, Towson is #16, Drexel is #19 and Hofstra in among teams receiving votes. In the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll, Towson i #15 with Delaware in at #17. Both Hofstra and Drexel are receiving votes.
Preseason CAA Poll... The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens received six first place votes to earn the top spot in the 2007 CAA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Towson Tigers received the other first place vote and were picked second. Defending champion Hofstra was tabbed third followed by Villanova and Drexel. The Pioneers were picked sixth and Robert Morris rounded out the field in seventh.
2007 Schedule... The Pioneers have put together a competitive 13 game schedule in 2007 featuring four games against teams ranked in the USILA Preseason Coaches Top-20. In non-league action, SHU will take on Colgate, Wagner, Manhattan, Binghamton, UMass and Hartford. The 2007 CAA Tournament will take place on May 2nd and 5th.
2007 Team Captains... Four seniors and a junior will captain the 2007 Pioneers. Senior attackers Peter Greco and Rory Morse, senior midfielder Casey Kirch, senior defender Pat Healy and junior midfield Tony Tanzi were voted team captains by their teammates.
Pioneer History... This is the 17th season of men's lacrosse at Sacred Heart. The Pioneers post a mark of 103-118 (.466) in their 17 year history. Head Coach Tom Mariano is the program's longest tenured coach in his 11th season at the helm. SHU begins it's sixth season of competition in the Colonial Athletic Association. Prior to joining the league, the Pioneers spent two seasons competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.