March 22, 2007
Sacred Heart Pioneers (1-3, 0-0 CAA) vs. Robert Morris Coloniasl (3-2, 0-0 CAA)
Sunday, March 25, 2007- 1:00 pm - Moon Township, Pennsylvania - Joe Walton Stadium (3,000)
SHU Opens CAA Schedule on the Road at Robert Morris... Sacred Heart opens the six-game Colonial Athletic Association portion of their schedule Sunday afternoon making the trip to western Pennsylvania to take on Robert Morris. The Pioneers meet the Colonials after falling at UMass, 11-4, Tuesday afternoon. SHU trailed 5-4 at the half to the Minutemen but was held scoreless in the second half en route to their second-straight loss. The Colonials are off to their best start in their young three-year history at 3-2, hosting SHU off an 11-10 win over VMI last week.
The Series... The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 2-0. SHU posted a 15-9 win over Robert Morris at home in the first meeting between the two schools as members of the CAA. The Pioneers beat the Colonials 18-8 win in Delray Beach, Florida during the 2005 season, Robert Morris's inaugural season of competition.
Up Next... The Pioneers return home after three-straight on the road to host Drexel in Colonial Athletic Association action on Saturday, March 31st at 1:00 pm.
Last Meeting with RMU... Sacred Heart senior Matt Robideau scored a career-high five goals and assisted on two others to lead the Pioneers to a 15-9 win over visiting Robert Morris on March 25th last season. Robideau scored the first of his five goals on the Pioneers first offensive possession, letting rip off a feed from sophomore Tony Tanzi. After a RMU marker tied it up, Robideau started a four-goal run with a man-up goal at 10:57. Robideau's third started another SHU run that spilled over into the second quarter. Robert Morris tacked on their only goal of the quarter at 1:45 to send the game into the break, 9-3. The Colonials jumped out quickly in the second half, with two quick scores after winning the first two face-offs, cutting the SHU lead to 9-6. The Pioneers halted the run and closed the quarter with a pair of tallies and opened the fourth with another to go up 13-7. RMU scores pulled the Colonials to within 13-9 with just over 10 minutes to play but the Pioneer defense clamped down shutting down their attack the rest of the way. Senior Jim Millhausen earned his first-career victory in the cage for the Pioneers, stopping 11 shots.
CAA Rankings... The Sacred Heart offense is ranked 2nd in the Colonial Athletic Association in assists per game (5.75) shot percentage (.273) and ground balls per game (35.75) and 3rd in points per game (15.50), goals per game (9.75), man-up goals (5) and shots per game (35.75). Peter Greco leads the league in assists per game (1.75) and is 2nd in points per game (3.00). Sophomore Bobby Karl is second in assists per game (1.50) while freshman Evan Morgan is 6th (1.25) and 5th in points per game (2.50). Sophomore Zach Smith is 4th in the CAA in face-off percentage (38W-25L - .603) and 4th in ground balls per game (5.00). Junior Tony Tanzi is 5th in the CAA in grounders (3.50) while fellow junior Ricardo Vargas is 4th in saves per game (10.00). Pioneers in the NCAA Rankings... Through games played as of March 18th, the Pioneers were ranked 10th in the nation in scoring offense, 11th in face-off % and 17th in scoring margin. Pioneers Peter Greco and Zach Smith are also in the national rankings. Greco is 7th in assists per game while Smith is 12th in face-off winning % and ground balls per game.
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. 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 #1 and Drexel and Hofstra are among teams receiving votes. In the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll, Towson is #15 with Delaware in at #16. Hofstra is 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 103-119 (.464) 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.