September 5, 2013

Pioneers Head to Lafayette for Week Two

SACRED HEART (1-0, 0-0) at LAFAYETTE (0-0)

GAME 02* Poughkeepsie, NY* 6 PM* Fisher Stadium*

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Game Notes

Setting the Scene...  Sacred Heart travels to take on the Lafayette Leopards at Fisher Stadium Saturday night at 6:00 pm. After an opening week 37-21 win over Marist, SHU is looking to go 2-0 for the first time since 2008. SHU was extremely impressive last week against Marist, staking themselves a 37-7 lead into the fourth quarter before letting up two meaningless touchdowns. SHU is led by sophomore quarterback RJ Noel who amassed over 300 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in the victory over the Red Foxes last week. Lafayette is opening their season against SHU after going 5-6 last season and 2-3 in the Patriot League. The Leopards were 5-2 last season before finishing the year on a four game losing streak. Lafayette is 87-40-3 all-time in home openers.

Series History... Sacred Heart and Lafayette have only met once in program history.SHU lost 25-14 to Lafayette on September 2nd, 2006 at Campus Field.

SHU vs. the Patriot League... The Pioneers are 1-4 all-time against teams from the Patriot League.

- The Pioneers beat Georgetown at home during the 2012 season, 33-20

- SHU has twice lost on the road at Holy Cross, 56-21 in 2005, and 52-21 in 2009

- Lafayette beat SHU in the 2006 season opener on Campus Field, 25-14.

- Last season, SHU lost 35-14 at Colgate in week two.

The Head Coaches... The Pioneers will be led by second year head coach Mark Nofri in 2013.  Beginning his 20th season as a member of the Pioneers coaching staff, Nofri is the longest tenured coach in Sacred Heart program history.  The Pioneers were 2-9 last season with Nofri serving as the interim head coach.  Nofri is also the long time linebackers coach for the Pioneers, turning out several All-Conference and All-American linebackers including Jayson Jarrett '01, Kayode Mayowa '02, Craig Capurso '02, Jon Corto '06 and Chris Mandas '11. Frank Tavani enters his 14th season at the helm of Lafayette football and 27th overall with the school. Before getting the head coaching gig, Tavani was the Leopards associate head coach for 12 seasons. Under Tivani, Lafayette won three straight Patriot League championships from 2004-2006, making the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons for the first time in school history. Along with those three championships as head coach, Tavani was a part of three others in 1988, 1992, and 1994 as an assistant.

Up Next...  The Pioneers will open their home schedule against the Lincoln Lions next Saturday night at Campus Field. It will be Sacred Heart's first encounter with Lincoln.