March 17, 2006
Pioneers Host Binghamton Bearcats... The Pioneers are back home to host Binghamton University after a two-game road trip to Colorado last week were they fell 11-9 at Air Force and 10-6 to the #12 Denver Pioneers. SHU is still searching for their first win this season as they play two of three games at home over the next week. The Bearcats are riding a three-game winning streak into Saturday's match-up, coming off a 7-5 win over #17 Hobart on Tuesday night. A pair of overtime wins over Towson (7-6 2ot) and Villanova, two Colonial Athletic Association schools, started their current streak.
The Series... Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Up Next... The Pioneers will head to the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday, March 21st to face the #7 Minutemen at 3 pm.
Last Meeting with Binghamton... This is the first meeting between the Bearcats and the Pioneers.
Scouting the Bearcats... The Binghamton Bearcats have had a strong start to the 2006 season and sit at 3-1 heading into Saturday's match-up. The Bearcats stumbled out of the gates with a 16-3 loss at #5 Cornell but have since rebounded with three-straight, two against Colonial Athletic Association teams. Binghamton scored a 7-6 double overtime win at Towson and a matching 7-6 overtime thriller at Villanova. The Bearcats are coming off a 7-5 win over #17 Hobart earlier this week. Chris Mulheron has 11 points in the early going, scoring four goals with a team-best seven assists. Matt McNamara leads the team with eight markers. Kevin McKeown has seen the majority of minutes in goal, posting an 8.39 goals against average with 39 saves in earning all three victories.
SHU Last Time Out... SHU Last Time Out... The #12 ranked Denver men's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals in the second half and erased a 5-2 Sacred Heart lead to post a 10-6 victory over the Pioneers. SHU led 4-2 at the half and 6-4 midway through the third quarter but where shut out over the last 22 minutes of action to remain winless at 0-4 on the year. Sacred Heart was out shot heavily all game, 50-26, and struggled clearing the ball, finishing just 21 of 34. Much of the Pioneer's struggles came in the second half as 28 of their 45 turnovers came in the third and fourth quarters combined. Seven different Denver players scored in the win while SHU's Kiel Adams' got two goals and freshman Bobby Karl finished with a goal and two assists.
CAA Leaders... SHU junior Peter Greco is currently fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring, posting 3.00 points per game (12 pts). Greco is tied for seventh in goals per game with 1.75 (7) and fourth in assists per game with 1.25 (5). Sophomore Tony Tanzi is fifth in the league with 20 ground balls (5.00 per game) while ranking fourth in face-off percentage (.525 - 21 out of 40). Senior goalkeeper Thomas Hind is third in the conference in save percentage (.574) and saves (39 - 9.75 per game) and sixth in goals against average (9.48). The Pioneers as a team are sixth in the league in scoring at 7.50 goals per game and owns the third best man-down defense, allowing just three goals on 18 attempts.
Offensive Options... Sacred Heart has had 10 different players score goals through four games this season and six players score multiple goals in a game. Junior Peter Greco has 11 points overall and multiple points through the four games.
Tanzi Solid All-Around... Sophomore midfielder Tony Tanzi is second on the team in scoring with eight points on four goals and four assist, scoring at least two points or more in the last three games. He also leads the team with 20 ground balls and is the team's top face-off man winning 21 of 40 attempts.
Fresh Debut... Freshman Bobby Karl had a pair of breakout games offensively on the Colorado trip. He scored three goals and assisted on another to lead SHU with four points against Air Force and then scored a goal and handed out a pair of helpers in the loss to Denver. Through the first two games Karl had managed just two shots total.
2006 Schedule... The Pioneers will play a 14 game schedule in 2006 that features seven teams currently ranked in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse Top-20 polls. Maryland, UMass, Delaware, Denver, Hofstra and Towson were all ranked in this week's poll with Colgate and Hofstra also receiving votes. SHU opens the six 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 100-108 (.481) 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.