Pioneers Travel to #3 Maryland
April 17, 2006
Pioneers Travel to #3 Maryland ... The Sacred Heart Pioneers travel to College Park, Maryland Tuesday afternoon to take on the #3 Maryland Terrapins. The Pioneers are coming off a 18-6 loss to Colonial Athletic Association opponent Drexel on Saturday as they face the Terrapins for the first time in school history. SHU closes the road portion of the schedule against the Terps and return home to close the regular season hosting Towson and Hartford.
The Series... Tuesday afternoon marks the first meeting between the two schools.
Up Next... The Pioneers will host #11 Towson this Saturday, April 22nd in the CAA finale needing a win to stay in playoff contention. SHU will celebrate "Senior Day" before face-off on Saturday.
Last Meeting with Maryland... This is the first meeting between the Pioneers and Terrapins.
Scouting the Terrapins... The Maryland Terrapins are 7-3 overall on the season and 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terrapins are ranked 4th in the InsideLacrosse.com Media Poll and 3rd in the USILA STX Coaches Poll. Maryland is coming off an 11-4 win over Johns Hopkins on Saturday, a win that got them back in the win column after loses to Virginia (15-5) and Navy (7-6). Joe Walters leads the team with 40 points on 25 goals and 15 assists on the year. He has four man-up scores and three game-winners. Xander Ritz is the Terrapins other 20 goal scorer with 22 markers to go along with seven assists. Harry Alford has played the majority of minutes in goal sporting a 6.14 goals against average with 91 saves. Following today's match-up with SHU, Maryland will take part in the ACC Tournament next weekend and close out the season hosting Penn.
SHU Last Time Out... The Drexel Dragons built a 6-1 first quarter lead and extended it to 9-3 by halftime on their way to an 18-6 win over visiting Sacred Heart. Drexel's Jeff Pfeffer had a career-high seven points and Adam Dennis netted a career-best five goals en route to the win. Dennis scored three of his five goals in the first six minutes as the Dragons raced to an early lead and never trailed in the contest. The Dragons had goals from nine different players as they had a season-high for goals, assists and points. After jumping out 4-0, Sacred Heart's James Hinkson got the Pioneers on the board with an unassisted goal. The Dragons kept their offense rolling though and rattled off a pair of scores before the final horn of the quarter sounded. Hinkson pulled the Pioneers to within 6-2 with a marker at 11:47 of the second but Drexel once again answered in a big way offensively. Three-straight Dragon goals put them up 9-2 before a Kiel Adams goal at the two minute mark sent the game into the break, 9-3, Drexel. The Dragons came out of the half and didn't miss a beat offensively, scoring the first four goals of the second half to put the game out of reach. Phfeffer and Yoni Cohen each scored twice on the run to put their team out in front by ten, 13-3. All three of the Pioneers' goals in the second half came on man-up situations. Billy Fuchs had two of those goals and Matthew Robideau completed the scoring with 1:28 left in the game with Drexel down a man.
SHU in the CAA Rankings... The Pioneers are fifth in the league in scoring with 8.36 goals per game. SHU is fifth in the rankings in assists per game (4.82 apg) and fifth in points per game (13.18 ppg). As a team, Sacred Heart is third best in the league on the penalty kill, allowing just 10 goals in 47 attempts (.787). Senior Matt Robideau is seventh in the league in scoring with 25 points (2.50 ppg). Senior Kiel Adams is eighth in goals per game (1.73 gpg) followed by Robideau in 10th (1.70 gpg). Junior Pete Greco is sixth in assists per game (1.00 apg) and freshman Bobby Karl is ninth (0.82 apg). Robideau and sophomore Billy Fuchs are tied for the league lead in man-up goals with six each.
Upset Special... The Pioneers fourth quarter comeback win over Delaware, 9-8, marked the first time in program history SHU has defeated a ranked opponent. The Blue Hens were ranked #14 coming into the game and held a four-goal lead after three before the Pioneers came fighting back for the win.
Robideau Scores 100 Career Points... Senior Matt Robideau became the 11th player is school history to record 100 career points after scoring a goal in Saturday's loss at Drexel. Robideau has 66 goals and 34 assists and 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, Colgate, Towson and Denver are all in the top-20 while Delaware and Air Force 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 102-113 (.474) 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.