Furious Rally Falls Short For Men's Lacrosse In NEC Semifinal

Max Tuttle had three goals and two assists in the 2019 NEC Semifinal
Max Tuttle had three goals and two assists in the 2019 NEC Semifinal

EMMITSBURG, Md. - A furious fourth quarter rally by the Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team came up one goal short, as the Pioneers fell to second-seeded Hobart, 14-13, Thursday night from Waldron Family Stadium. The loss ends the Pioneers' 2019 season with a mark of 9-6, while the Statesmen improve to 11-4 and advance to face fourth-seeded Robert Morris in Saturday's championship game.

The Pioneers trailed 14-7 when Jason Knox scored a man-down goal for Hobart with 4:15 to play in the third quarter. It would be the last goal that the Pioneers allowed. The Pioneers scored the final six goals of the game, the last by Logan Liljeberg with 1:51 to play in regulation. Hobart won the ensuing face-off and the Pioneers were unable to gain control of the ball to get a chance at the equalizer.

Liljeberg led all scorers with four tallies, while Max Tuttle also added a hat trick for the Pioneers. Colton King stopped 13 shots, a career-best effort for the junior. Joseph Cipoletti caused a game-high five turnovers.

Turning Point

  • The Pioneers built a 3-2 on Lilgeberg's second goal of the game, at the 5:38 mark of the first-quarter
  • The Statesmen scored three straight goals to end the quarter and eight of the next 11 to build a 10-6 halftime lead, that they would not relinquish

First Quarter

  • Tuttle fed the ball across the top of the crease to Liljeberg, who went into the upper corner 4:04 into the game, for the first tally
  • Connor O'Reilly ripped a low shot into the back of the net 34 second later to give SHU a 2-0 advantage
  • Ryan Archer put Hobart on the board at the 7:10 mark of the first-half
  • Hobart tied the game 40 seconds later when Derrek Madonna went low inside the near post
  • Brooks Dutton robbed a diving Matthew Pedicine on the crease and Liljeberg converted the opportunity on the other end with his second goal of the game
  • Dan Ryan intercepted an outlet pass in stride and fed Eric Holdon on the goal line, who shot over the shoulder of Dutton for the 3-3 tie
  • Tommy Mott's low-to-high shot from near the top of the box gave the Statesmen their first lead, 4-3, with 2:49 remaining in the quarter
  • Koko Avedisian scored his first collegiate goal 29 seconds later to make the advantage 5-3

Second Quarter

  • It took 10 seconds in the second quarter for SHU to tally a goal, when Donovan Lacey scored to cut the Pioneer deficit to one, 5-4
  • Dutton robbed Pedicini again on the crease, after Hobart won the ensuing face-off snuffing the high shot
  • With a flag down, Madonna netted his second from the top of the box at the 13:25 mark
  • Hobart scored with the man-advantage as Justin Scott netted a pass from Ryan Archer at the 12:33 mark
  • O'Reilly scored his second, going between the keeper and the post at 9:41 to get SHU within 7-5
  • The Pioneers went man-up for the first time after a delay of game penalty on Pedicine after a face-off violation, but could not convert on the 30-second advantage
  • Holden scored 47 seconds into a man-up for Hobart to push the lead back to three, 8-5, midway in the quarter
  • Liljeberg completed the hat trick, flicking in a pass from behind the net from Joe Saggese with 2:43 to play in front of the intermission
  • Pedicine won the ensuing face-off and went to cage where Colton King denied him
  • Stanny Gilbertson pushed the Hobart advantage back to three, 9-6, with a shot from straight on with 86 seconds left in the half
  • Pedicine won the face-off and nine second later when Aslanian scored for a 10-6 advantage
  • King made a save of an Aslanian shot with second let in the half

Third Quarter

  • Hobart found the net first as Jason Knox came around the crease at 9:37 to give the Statesmen an 11-6 advantage
  • Holden bounced in his third of the night at the 8:35 mark and his fourth at 5:48 to push the Hobart lead to 13-6
  • Tuttle ended Hobart run with a diving goal at the 4:35 mark and drew the slash in the process to give the Pioneers a 60-second man advantage
  • Jason Knox scored man-down for Hobart at the 4:15 mark
  • With two on the shot clock, and 1:14 in the quarter, Saggese went to the crease and scored his first of the night 

Fourth Quarter

  • Tuttle found the net with 6:53 to play in regulation, this second of the game, to bring SHU within five, 14-9
  • Tuttle completed the hat trick with a man-up goal with 5:03 to play in regulation, bringing SHU within four, 14-10
  • Saggese made the deficit three, with a shot from straight on with 3:31 remaining in the fourth quarter
  • Edwards cut the Hobart lead to two, with 2:27 to play, scoring low
  • Liljeberg made it six straight for the Pioneers, netting a pass from Tuttle with 1:51 to play, to bring the Pioneers within a goal, 14-13


  • The 13 goals scored is a SHU Division I tournament record, besting the previous mark of nine accomplished four times
  • Liljeberg's four goals ties a career-high
  • Saggese had four points (2G, 2A) and finished his career with 205 points, the most in program history
  • His 74 points (44G, 30A) is an NEC single-season record
  • Tuttle's 134 goals ended his SHU career as the all-time leader in that category and he ranks second in points with 198
  • The Pioneers nine wins equals the program's Division I win record
  • Cipoletti finished the year with 43 caused turnovers, a single-season record

By The Numbers

  • King stopped eight shots in the second-half; four in each quarter shots, a career-high, as he played the final 42:33 in net for the Pioneers
  • Hobart won 22 of 31 face-offs Thursday night, as Pedicine picked up a game-high 17 ground balls
  • Hobart was perfect, 15-15 in clears in the first three quarters and finished 18-19 for the game
  • Sam Lucchesi earned the win in goal for Hobart, with 13 saves