FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred heart men's lacrosse team vaulted back up to No. 5 in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Week 7 poll, as announced by the committee on Monday afternoon.
The Pioneers (6-5, 2-2 NEC) snapped a two-game losing streak last Saturday with the program's first-ever win over Bryant, defeating the Bulldogs 11-8 in Smithfield. The win also moved the Pioneers' away record to 4-2 on the season which ties a program Div. I record for most road wins in a single-season.
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Owners of the 14th-best scoring offense in the country (13.00 goals per game), the Pioneers have enjoyed one of the most-productive offensive seasons in program history through 11 games this season. SHU has scored double figures in 10-of-11 games this season and most-recently recorded their highest goal total in 13 all-time games against Bryant (11 goals). SHU's season-high for goals is 18, accomplished twice and most-recently in a 18-16 home win over Robert Morris on March 16.
A two-time NEC Player of the Week this season, redshirt senior attack Joe Saggese has been one of the top scorers in the country with 53 points (31 goals, 22 assists). His 4.82 points per game ranks 13th in the country and tops in the NEC while he is on-pace to break SHU's Div. I single-season points record of 64 that Max Tuttle set last season. Saggese extended his multi-goal streak to five straight games while his point streak is up to 42 straight games (tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation).
Fresh off his Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American nod, Tuttle shook off a recent scoring draught and notched three points (one goal, two assist) in Saturday's road win over Bryant. Tuttle sits sixth in the NEC, sporting a 2.45 goals per game average while he's found success improving his all-around game in 2019, already establishing a new single-season career-high with 44 ground balls through 11 games.
On the defensive end, the senior tandem of Joseph Cipoletti and Landon Kramer have been a shutdown duo all season long. Cipoletti sits third in the nation and first in the NEC in caused turnovers per game (2.78), as he has 25 through nine appearances to go along with a team-leading 44 ground balls. Kramer joins Cipoletti in the Top 10 as he sits ninth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.20) as he has compiled 22 through 10 appearances in 2019. As a team, SHU ranks ninth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.18) and 12th in ground balls per game (34.91).
The Pioneers are back in action with Senior Day on Saturday as SHU plays host to Saint Joseph's in a big NEC matchup that'll loom large with playoff seeding in May. Saint Joseph's is one of the top faceoff teams in the nation, currently sitting ninth in the nation at 61.2 percent, and are coming off a 12-11 overtime home win over nationally-ranked Hobart last Saturday.