Late Goal Sends Pioneers to Upset Win over #14 Delaware, 9-8

Late Goal Sends Pioneers to Upset Win over #14 Delaware, 9-8

April 8, 2006

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (April 8, 2006) - In a game that started in a steady, cold rain and ended with snow falling, Sacred Heat senior Kiel Adams (Rome, NY) scored with 22 seconds on the clock to complete a fourth quarter comeback and lift the Pioneers to a 9-8 win over the #14 ranked Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers upset victory was their first over a ranked team in program history as they improve to 2-2 in the league with the win.

SHU (2-8, 2-2 CAA) headed into the fourth quarter chasing a three-goal Delaware lead and shut the Blue Hen offense down over the final 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the Pioneer rally started at the 8:00 minute mark and continued until Adams buried a feed from fellow senior Matt Robideau (Massena, NY) with 22 ticks left to vault the Pioneers to the win.

The Pioneers struck first as Robideau and Adams each registered unassisted goals for a 2-0 lead in the first. Delaware answered with a three goal run that started with Jarryd Knouse's second goal of the season at 4:21 of the first and then back-to-back scores by Drew Turner and Cam Howard at 9:59 and 9:49 of the second. SHU's got even on an unassisted Bobby Karl (Clifton Park, NY) marker and the two teams went to the half tied at 3-3.

The Blue Hens (9-3, 1-2 CAA) owned the third quarter and after a SHU goal from Tony Tanzi (Mahopac, NY) at 12:59 gave the Pioneers a 4-3 lead, Delaware rattled off another three-straight to jump back in front. Jordan Hall, Dan Deckelbaum and Brett Manney all scored as the Blue Hens took a 6-4 lead with 1:50 to go.

SHU's Casey Kirch had a great individual effort as he scooped up a grounder after a UD turnover and raced the length of the field to score and pull SHU back to within 6-5 with just under a minute. The Blue Hens, however, used a late offensive flurry to tack on two mores scores before the horn sounded. Deckelbaum scored unassisted at 35 seconds and then set up teammate Beau Davis just 14 ticks later to send the Blue Hens into the final quarter leading 8-5.

Just as it looked Delaware would run away with the game, the Pioneers began to rally. SHU junior Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) scored unassisted, his 10th, at the eight minute mark. UD's Deckelbaum was called for an offside penalty at 5:27 and the Pioneers took full advantage as Robideau fired a laser off a feed from Karl to pull SHU within 8-7. The Pioneers completed the three-goal comeback when sophomore Andrew Bailey (Herndon, VA) took an outlet pass from defenseman Chad Clarke (Camillus, NY) and went coast-to-coast for the game-tying score at 3:17.

The Pioneers late game heroics was set up by Robideau who forced a turnover at midfield, scooped up the ground ball and sent SHU off in transition. The senior hit Kiel on the left who promptly buried it with 22 seconds left. The Blue Hens sent Alex Smith into the face-off circle for the final draw. Smith dominated all game, winning 18-20 to that point but it was SHU's Joe Cavagnaro (Kinnelon, NJ) who got the final draw as he scooped up the grounder and the Pioneers killed of the remaining seconds for the win.

Both goalies played very well as Delaware's Tommy Scherr turned in 16 saves and SHU's Jim Millhausen (Arnold, MD) finished with 15.

Sacred Heart returns to action next Saturday, April 15th when they travel to Drexel for a 2 pm start.