April 4, 2006
Pioneers Set to Face #2 Ranked Pride... The Sacred Heart Pioneers travel to Hofstra University Wednesday night as Colonial Athletic Association rolls along this week. The Pioneers will face a pair of nationally ranked league opponents this week as they take on the #2 ranked Pride on Wednesday and host the #16 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens on Saturday. The Pride, ranked #2 in the USILA Coaches Poll and #3 in the InsideLacrosse Media Poll, are riding a seven-game winning streak and are 1-0 in the CAA after a 10-9 overtime win over Towson last time out.
The Series... Hofstra leads the all-time series, 4-0. The Pioneers and Pride met for the first time during the 2002 season, SHU's first in the CAA. Hofstra posted a 19-5 win at home that year and posted 12-11 win in Hempstead in 2004. The Pride have earned wins of 9-6 (2003) and 14-10 (2005) in Fairfield.
Up Next... Sacred Heart will return home this Saturday, April 8th to host Delaware in a CAA match-up.
Last Meeting with Hofstra... Hofstra scored five-straight goals to start the game and led 11-4 at the half en route to a 14-10 win at Sacred Heart on April 6, 2005. The Pride got four goals from Athan Ianucci and Chris Unterstein finished with three scores and three assists. The Pride dominated play early on, out shooting the Pioneers 18-4 in the first quarter and 28-8 in the half. Ryan Lucas got Hofstra on the board first followed by two goals by Unterstein and markers by John Keysor and Ryan Vilar that gave the Pride a 5-0 lead with 6:41 to go in the first quarter. The Pride kept the offensive pressure on and built their biggest lead of the day, 11-3, late into the second quarter. The Pioneers came out determined in the second half to claw their way back into the game. SHU got to within 12-7 at the end of three and Matthew Robideau brought the Pioneers to within four, 12-8, just 53 seconds into the fourth, scoring unassisted. After another Pride goal, Robideau struck again unassisted to again cut it to four but Hofstra would answer as Ianucci buried his fourth with 5:30 left to put Hofstra up 14-9 before a late SHU goal produced the final 14-10 score. Adams finished with three goals for Sacred Heart while Robideau scored twice and assisted on another.
Scouting the Pride... Hofstra is currently riding a seven-game winning streak that has them ranked #2 in the USILA poll and #3 in the InsideLacrosse.com poll this week. The Pride are 1-0 in the league after a 10-9 overtime win over Towson. The Pride opened the year with an 11-7 loss to UMass before embarking on their current streak. Hofstra is led by this week's CAA Co-Player of the Week, senior Chris Unterstein who has six goals and handed out three assists in wins over nationally ranked Army and Towson last week. On the year, Unterstein has 15 goals and 15 assists. Junior Athan Iannucci leads the team with 21 goals while freshman Tim Dooley earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors and has 13 goals and four assists on the year. Matt Southard posts a 5.94 goals against average with 52 saves to lead the Pride.
SHU Last Time Out... Villanova's Andy German led the Wildcats with five goals en route to a 15-7 win over the visiting Sacred Heart Pioneers Saturday afternoon. German recorded the first four goals of the game while the Wildcats ran out to a 5-0 lead before the Pioneers could finally breakthrough offensively with just 40 seconds left in the first half. The Pioneers got the second half started right with a pair of unassisted goals from senior Matthew Robideau and freshman Bobby Karl to pull within two, 5-3, at 9:27 in the third. German answered with his fifth goal of the game at 7:42 but SHU junior Peter Greco kept the Pioneers in it with a marker to again cut Sacred Heart's deficit to two goals, 6-4, with 5:28 left. But that would be the last serious threat the Pioneers mounted as Villanova scored the next four straight goals, including two just 10 second apart in the first minute of the fourth quarter to go up 10-4. Sacred Heart goalie Jim Millhausen made 22 saves for the Pioneers, a career-high.
SHU in the CAA Rankings... The Pioneers are sixth in the league in scoring with 8.62 goals per game. SHU is fourth in the rankings in assists per game (5.62 apg) and fifth in points per game (14.25 ppg). As a team, Sacred Heart is second best in the league on the penalty kill, allowing just six goals in 35 attempts (.829). Senior Matt Robideau is fifth in the league in scoring with 18 points (2.57 ppg). Senior Kiel Adams is sixth with 19 points (2.38 ppg) and junior Peter Greco is ninth with 18 points (2.25 ppg). Adams is fifth in goals per game (1.88 gpg) followed by Robideau in sixth (1.86 gpg). Greco is fifth in assists per game (1.12 apg). Robideau is second in the league in man-up goals with four.
Robideau Approaches 100 Points... Senior Matt Robideau is just seven points away from becoming the 11th player is school history to record 100 career points. Robideau has 62 goals and 31 assists heading into Wednesday's game at Hofstra. He currently ranks 11th on the all-time list for goals scored.
2006 Schedule... The 2006 schedule features eight teams currently ranked in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse Top-20 polls. Hofstra, Maryland, UMass, Delaware, Towson and Denver are all in the top-20 while Colgate and Binghamton have received votes. The Pioneers 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 101-111 (.476) 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.