April 30, 2010
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart takes the field for the final time at home in the 2010 season. The Pioneers take on St. John's, for the first time in program history, at 7:00 pm Saturday night for the annual "Senior Night" on Campus Field.
Last Time Out... SHU fell to intrastate rival Quinnipiac on Campus Field, 13-8, on Tuesday night. The Pioneers closed the Bobcats lead to two with 6:25 to go in the game, but would not get any closer. QU shut the door by scoring three unanswered goals to end the game. Senior attack Evan Morgan scored twice and picked up a pair of assists for the Red & White, while classmate Timmy Katz contributed two goals and an assist.
About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart has fallen to 3-10 on the year, having lost five straight. Katz leads the team with 40 total points on a team-high 29 goals scored to go with 11 assists. Morgan ranks second on the squad in scoring with 12 goals and a team-best 15 assists. Fellow senior Jon Flood has amassed 20 goals and added four assists. In between the pipes, senior Tom Trgo holds a .568 save percentage and 10.39 goals against average.
Scouting the Red Storm... St. John's enters tonight's contest 5-7 on the year. Red-shirt senior Tom Manes has recorded a team-leading 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. Sophomore Harry Kutner is the Red Storm's leading goal scorer with 16 to go with six assists. Senior Garrett Mitchell and sophomore Charlie Holenstein have 18 points apiece. Mitchell has posted 13 goals and five assists, while Holenstein has 12 and six. Senior Gavin Buckley and freshman Jeff Lowman have each started six games. Buckley owns a .471 save percentage and 11.01 GAA, while Lowman has posted a .552 and 10.40.
On This Date... Sacred Heart is 3-1 all-time, and 1-1 in Division I, when playing on May 1. Most recently the Pioneers defeated Air Force, 11-10 in 2004, at home. Jorge Bravo and Ben Giamichael each scored a hat trick for SHU. In 1996, the Pioneers scored the most goals in a single game in program history as they beat New Haven 32-4.
Pioneer Class of 2010... Sacred Heart has 12 seniors on its roster this year; Nick Brink, Joe Caridi, Vincent Castelli, Jon Flood, Brendan Foley, Stephen Gerhard, Timmy Katz, Evan Morgan, Jack Redmond, Peter Ridge, Tom Trgo, and Kenny Ushman. The graduated seniors have compiled a record of 18-33 over their four year careers. As sophomores, in 2008, they were part of a team that went 7-5 and posted a 6-1 record at Campus Field. Last season they took part in a school-record long five overtime game, which they won, 8-7, over Villanova.
Up Next... Sacred Heart closes the book on the 2010 regular season with a trip to Duke for a 2:00 pm matchup on Sunday May 9.
Three of a Kind... Senior Timmy Katz has recorded a team-high five hat tricks through 13 games. Katz is one of only 23 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 109 points for his career.
Top 50... Trgo ranks fifth in the country, out of 46 eligible goalies, with a save percentage of .586. Katz is tied for 31st in goals per game with 2.25 and is tied for 47th in the country for points per game at 3.08 through games completed April 25.
Captains... Mariano announced that seniors Nick Brink, Evan Morgan, and Peter Ridge as team captains for the 2010 season. Morgan is the second highest scoring attack from a year ago, having scored 11 goals and collected 13 assists. Both midfielders, Brink and Ridge will contribute to what could be a midfield by committe until the right combinations begin to blossom during the season. On April 28 Mariano announced that Timmy Katz would join his three classmates as a captain for the remainder of the season.
In The Cage... Senior goalie Tom Trgo has stopped 163 shots through 13 games this season, which ranks tied for fifth in team history for saves in a season. He has totaled 198 saves in the last two seasons, good enough for sixth all-time in career saves. Trgo has collected a career-high 25 groundballs this season, for 32 in his career. Teammate Zach Frank is fifth all-time in career saves with 213. Last season he made 168 stops, which ranks fourth all-time in a single season.