Men's Lacrosse Earns Tournament Berth With Win At Hobart

Men's Lacrosse Earns Tournament Berth With Win At Hobart

The Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team secured a berth in the Northeast Conference Tournament with a 10-6 win over NEC host Hobart College Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Pioneers to 7-7 on the year and 3-3 in league play, while the Statesmen fall to 5-9 overall and 1-5 in NEC action.

What it Means

  • SHU will be the fourth-seed in the NEC Tournament, which begins on Thursday at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • The Pioneers will take on the host Hawks on Thursday in one semifinal, while Bryant and Robert Morris will face-off in the other semifinal
  • The Pioneers earn a tournament spot for the second consecutive year
  • The Championship Game will be played on Saturday with the tournament champion earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament

Turning Point

  • SHU broke a 2-2 tie midway through the first quarter when TJ Fitzell found the back of the net to give the Pioneers a lead they would not relinquish
  • That tally started a 3-0 Pioneer run, capped by a Max Tuttle goal with 5:08 to play in the quarter, putting SHU in front 5-2

By the Numbers

  • Tuttle scored a game-high four goals to lead the Pioneers offense
  • The Tewaaraton Award candidate was the only multi-goal scorer, as six other Pioneers each found the back of the net
  • Brooks Dutton earned the win in net, stopping 14 shots on the afternoon; six in the second half of action
  • Joe Saggese had a goal and an assist for SHU
  • Joseph Cipoletti had four caused turnovers and four ground balls
  • Nick Albanese was 4-9 at the face-off X and finished with four ground balls

How it Happened

  • Eric Holden opened the scoring for Hobart, 1:45 into the game
  • Tuttle answered with a pair of goals 46 second apart (11:41, 10:55) to put SHU in front 2-1
  • Mason Burr tallied the equalizes for the Statesmen at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter
  • Fitzell tallied his goal at the 8:03 mark, starting the Pioneers 3-0 run in a 2:58 stretch
  • Justin Scott scored the last goal of the first quarter (4:25) and the first of the second (11:07) to bring Hobart within one, 5-4
  • Tuttle (3:17) and Julian Garritano (2:07) both scored in the second quarter, giving SHU a 7-4 halftime advantage
  • Each team scored once in the third, with Scott scoring at 4:10 and Kevin Cop for the Pioneers at 1;17, sending the game to the fourth with SHU in front 8-5
  • It took two-thirds of the final stanza for either team to score, with Owen Smith pulling Hobart within two, 8-6, at the 5:34 mark
  • Saggese scored his goal at 3:04 and Reed Avveduti tallied the final goal at the 2:01 mark

More Numbers

  • The Pioneers were 4-7 at the face-off X in the second-half
  • The Pioneers were 1-1 with an extra man and stopped Hobart on its only man-up opportunity
  • SHU was out shot 41-27 on the afternoon
  • The Pioneers had 13 of its 20 ground balls in the second-half
  • SHU was 19-25 clearing, going a perfect 5-5 in the fourth quarter
  • The Pioneers caused nine turnovers on the day