Men's Lax Closes Out 2010 Season at Duke
May 8, 2010
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart wraps up the 2010 season with a road contest at Duke University on Sunday May 9 at 2:00 pm.
Last Time Out... The Pioneers ended a five game skid with a win on “Senior Night” over St. John’s, 8-6. SHU led 7-0 at the break and held off a fierce comeback by the Red Storm. Senior netminder Tom Trgo earned the first half shutout by stopping 10 shots. He totaled 19 saves for the game as he was brilliant down the stretch to preserve the victory. Senior Joe Caridi and Jon Flood each netted a hat trick to lead the Pioneer attack. Fellow senior Timmy Katz contributed a pair of assists and one goal of his own.
About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart sits at 4-10 on the season, matching its record from 2009. Katz leads the Pioneers in scoring with 43 points on a team and career-high 30 goals and 13 assists. Senior Evan Morgan is second with 29 points, including 13 scores and a team-leading 16 assists.
Flood has recorded 23 goals and added four assists. In the cage, Trgo has stopped 182 shots and boasts a .581 save percentage and 10.16 goals against average.
Scouting the Blue Devils... Duke is 11-4, and ranked fifth in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, on the
season and 6-2 at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils are coming off a 16-12 loss to Virginia in the ACC semifinals, at College Park, MD, on April 23. Senior attack Max Quinzani leads the team with 49 goals and nine assists to total 58 points, as well as collecting 44 groundballs. Classmate Ned Crotty has dished out a team-best 43 assists to go with 14 goals of his own. Junior Zach Howell is the team’s second highest goal scorer with 37 scores plus 13 assists. Freshman Dan Wigrizer has started 14 games in between the pipes for Duke. He holds a .523 save percentage and 9.71 GAA.
Last Time vs. Duke... The Pioneers lost their only other matchup with the Blue Devils on March 6, 2001, in Durham, NC, 19-7. However, SHU has played at Duke on two other occasions. In 1997, the Pioneers defeated St. Andrews and Pfieffer in a four day span. Sacred Heart took the two games by scores of 19-9 and 19-11.
On This Date... Sacred Heart has lost its only previous game on May 9. In 1997, the Pioneers fell to Albany 11-10. At the time both schools were still competing at the Division II level and faced off in the ECAC Division II Tournament. This is the latest date which SHU has played a regular season game on. All prior games past May 6 were post season contests.
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 19-33 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.
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 112 points for his career.
Weekly Honors... Senior goalie Tom Trgo was named the Enterprise Ren-A-Car/SHU Stundent-Athlete of the Week for the week ending May 2. 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 50... Trgo ranks sixth in the country, out of 48 eligible goalies, with a save percentage of .583. Katz is tied for 37th in goals per game with 2.14 and is tied for 50th in the country for points per game at 3.07 through games completed May 2.