Pioneers Make it Back-to-Back With 11-6 Win at Manhattan

Pioneers Make it Back-to-Back With 11-6 Win at Manhattan

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team won its second straight game with an 11-6 road victory at Manhattan, Saturday afternoon.  Freshman attack Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) tallied his second hat trick of the season to help the Pioneers improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Jaspers fell to 0-7.

Manhattan led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter, getting goals from freshman midfielder Marcel Godino and senior attack Justin Jensen.

In the second quarter, Sacred Heart ran up five unanswered goals until Jensen netted his second of the game to cut the Pioneer lead to 5-3 at the half.  For SHU, junior midfielder Aaron Lupo (Schenectady, N.Y.) and Mawdsley scored each scored twice in the frame, while junior attack Matt King (Brewster, N.Y.) added his third goal of the season.

Early in the third, Jasper sophomore midfielder Jon Crean trimmed the lead to one, but Sacred Heart junior midfielder Matt Ferrino (Orchard Park, N.Y.) responded with a man-up goal only 42 seconds later.  Midway through the stanza, freshman attack Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) registered the eventual game-winner with his fourth goal of his rookie season.

Before the close of the third, Manhattan would post two more scores to cut the SHU lead to 7-6, off goals by senior attacks Kelly Mahon and Brett Miranda.

The Pioneers stood their ground in the fourth quarter as they shutout the Jaspers 4-0.  Sophomore attack Bryan Badolato (West Islip, N.Y.), who finished with a pair of goals and an assist, scored both of his goals in the final frame.

Senior goalie Zach Frank (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) went the distance for the win, making 12 stops and improving his save percentage to .610 and goals against average to 8.24.  In net for the Jaspers, freshman Rich Akapnitis supplied seven saves.

For the game, Manhattan dominated the shots, 43-28, but the Pioneers held a 43-37 edge in groundballs.  Sophomore midfielder Stephen Kontos (Danvers, Mass.) collected a game-high eight grounders and won 11 face-offs in 21 tries.

Sacred Heart returns home next Saturday to take on #17 Denver at 12:00 pm on Campus Field.