Sacred Heart and Navy Square Off for NCAA Bid
May 7, 2010
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2010 NCAA Play-In Game Sacred Heart Pioneers (14-4) NEC Champion vs. Navy Midshipmen (16-3) Patriot League Champion
Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 2:00 pm - Annapolis, Md.
Pioneers Head to Navy for NCAA Play-In Game... The Sacred Heart Pioneers are coming off their third-straight Northeast Conference Championship as they take on the Patriot League Champion Navy Midshipmen in the NCAA Play-In Game Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers hosted NEC Tournament for the second-straight season and beat Mount St. Mary's, 14-5, and Quinnipiac, 12-7, to claim their third-consecutive league title. Navy won their first Patriot League title by defeating Colgate 15-10 and host Lehigh, 11-9 last weekend. The Pioneers enter Saturday's match-up riding a school record 12-game winning streak. SHU has posted a 14-4 mark in 2010, a school record for wins. Navy has won three-straight and seven of their last eight and have posted a school record 16 wins heading into Saturday's game. The Midshipmen are ranked #20 in this week's deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Both programs are vying for their first-ever berths in the NCAA Tournament.
Sacred Heart - NCAA Tournament History... This is the Pioneers third-straight appearance in the NCAA Play-In game as they continue to try and lock down their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. SHU took on the America East Champion Boston University in the 2008 play-in game. The #6 ranked Terriers posted a 15-3 win at home. The Pioneers took on crosstown rival Fairfield, the MAAC Champion, last season, falling 16-10. The Northeast Conference is 0-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
SHU vs. Navy Series... This is the first meeting between Sacred Heart University and the Naval Academy.
Pioneer & Midshipmen 2010 Common Opponents... Sacred Heart and Navy shared four common opponents this season in Manhattan, Monmouth, Robert Morris and Lafayette with both teams posting a 4-0 mark. SHU beat the Jaspers, 10-9, at Louisville, Monmouth 8-5 at home, Robert Morris, 10-7, on the road and Lafayette, 15-14 in three overtimes at home. Navy topped Manhattan, 19-6, the Hawks, 17-5 and the Colonials, 10-8, all at home and the Leopards, 14-8 on the road.
Offensive Weapons Match-Up... Saturday's game will feature two of the top-scorers in the nation in Sacred Heart senior Carissa Hauser and Navy senior Erin Rawlick. Hauser led the Northeast Conference and currently ranks ninth in the nation in points scored with 78 on the year. Her 46 goals ranks 29th while her 32 assists rank her 13th among NCAA leaders. Rawlick leads the country with 105 total points on the season. She is second with 72 goals and 12th with 33 assists. Both Hauser and Rawlick were named their league's Player of the Year.