Pioneers Return Home to Face RMU in "Patriot Game"
April 23, 2010
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart returns home, following three straight games on the road, for a 1:00 pm contest against Robert Morris on Campus Field. Today’s game is recognized by head coaches Tom Mariano and Bear Davis as the “Patriot Game”, honoring all military personnel.
Last Time Out... SHU fell at Bryant, 9-4, Saturday afternoon in its first ever trip to Smithfield, RI. For the Pioneers, it was their lowest offensive output of the season. Senior Timmy Katz notched a goal and an assist. Freshman Justin Depalma tallied his first collegiate goal. In net, senior Tom Trgo stopped eight shots for the Red & White.
About the Pioneers... Through 11 games Sacred Heart is 3-8 this season. Katz leads the team with 35 points on a team-high 26 goals to go with nine assists. Fellow seniors Jon Flood and Evan Morgan have 20 points apiece. Flood has scored 16 times and collected four assists, while Morgan has found the back of the net 10 times and picked up a team-leading 10 helpers. The three senior attackman have combined to produce over 56% of the team’s goals. Trgo holds a 10.10 goals against average and a .578 save percentage, while making 137 saves in the cage.
Scouting the Colonials... RMU has lost back-to-back games to drop their record to 8-4. The Colonials fell to Bryant, 15-14, followed by a 17-14 defeat to #3 North Carolina. Junior Trevor Moore leads the way with 51 points, including a team-best 22 assists and 29 scores of his own. Classmate Corbyn TaoBrambleby has scored a team-high 34 goals and added nine assists to total 43 points. Sophomore Kiel Matisz is third in scoring with 40 points, on 25 goals and 15 assists. In six starts, sophomore Dillon Pope has made 78 saves and owns a 3-2 record, while red-shirt freshman Charles Ruppert is also 3-2, in four starts, and has 26 saves.
Last Time vs. RMU... The Colonials held off a late Pioneers rally to steal a 13-12 victory in SHU’s season finale in 2009. Patrick Smith totaled five goals, and what proved to be the game winner, for Robert Morris. Sal Barcia stopped 23 shots to preserve the win. For SHU, Katz and Morgan scored a pair of goals and added an assists. Joe Caridi and Jon Flood also scored two goals apiece. Netminder Zack Frank made 13 saves in the loss.
On This Date... Sacred Heart is 2-2 all-time, and 1-1 in Division I, when playing on April 24. Most recently the Pioneers fell to Delaware, 13-8, at home in a Colonial Athletic Association contest in 2004. In 2002, they won at Hartford, 16-8, and in 1996 defeated Merrimack, 25-8.
Up Next... SHU plays host to intrastate rival Quinnipiac at 7:00 pm on April 27. It is game two of a three game home stand.
Three of a Kind... Senior Timmy Katz has recorded a team-high five hat tricks through 10 games. Katz is one of only 21 players in the country with at least five hat tricks. His last hat trick came in the Pioneers last win, March 27 against Hartford.
Turn of the Century... In a 9-8 loss at The Mount, Katz reached the 100 point mark for his career. The two-goal effort earned him his 99th and 100th points in four years at SHU. Overall, Katz has 104 points for his career.
In the Polls... Sacred Heart received votes in the March 21 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Poll. It was the fourth time, and third straight week, this season that the Pioneers have received votes in this poll. SHU has also been ranked as high as sixth in the NEILA Coaches’ Poll Top Eight.
Weekly Honors... Senior attack Timmy Katz was named the Turfer NEILA Player of the week for the week ending February 21. Katz scored four goals and dished out a pair of assists in a 13-6 win over Presbyterian.
Top 40... Trgo ranks seventh in the country, out of 47 eligible goalies, with a save percentage of .581. Katz is tied for 23rd in goals per game with 2.36 and is tied for 40th in the country for points per game at 3.18 through games completed April 18.