SACRED HEART (0-2) AT DARTMOUTH (1-0)
Game 03 * Saturday, March 3, 2012 * 2:30 pm * Scully-Fahey Field
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart will hit the road for two-straight against the Ivy League starting on Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth. The Pioneers are off to an 0-2 start to the season with losses at Hofstra and at home to Marist on their ledger. The Big Green come in off a 9-6 win at #19 Colgate a week ago. SHU will head to #16 Yale on Tuesday night.
Last Time Out... The Pioneers lost to Marist in their 2012 home opener, 12-10, last Sunday. SHU fell behind 12-5 early in the fourth quarter but saw a late rally fall short en route to their second-straight loss to start the year. Marist converted three of four man-up opportunities and got three goals from Jack Doherty for the win. The Pioneers held a 40-33 edge on shots but Craig Goodermote made nine saves and allowed just three first half goals to allow the Red Foxes to build a 7-3 lead at the break. SHU senior Aaron Lupo scored a pair of goals while sophomore Cody Marquis posted a goal and assisted on two other in the loss.
Pioneer News & Notes... Sophomore attacker Cody Marquis is the early point leader for the Pioneers with six points on two goals and four assists...Marquis is tied with three others for the NEC lead in assists per game (2.00 pg)...Marquis is tied for fourth in the NEC in points per game (3.00 pg)...Senior Aaron Lupo has a team-leading three goals through the first two games...Grad student Zach Frank has played 94:22 of the 120 minutes so far and posts a 12.82 goals against with 17 saves...12 different Pioneers have scored a goal through the first two games in 2012.
All-Time vs. Dartmouth... Saturday will be the 10th meeting between Sacred Heart and Dartmouth on the lacrosse field. The Big Green hold a 8-1 lead in the all-time series between the two schools after posting a 9-7 win in Fairfield last spring. Sacred Heart's lone victory over Dartmouth came in 2005, a 9-8 win over the ranked Big Green on the road in overtime. The Pioneers and Big Green faced each other for eight straight years, between 1998 and 2005, with Dartmouth taking each of the first seven match-ups.
Scouting the Big Green... Dartmouth received votes in both the USILA Coaches Top-20 and NIKE/Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 polls after their 9-6 win over Colgate in their season opener. Sophomore Mike Olentine led the charge with two goals and two assists for the Big Green in the win. Senior goalkeeper Fergus Campbell made 15 saves on 21 shots to secure the win in cage. Campbell is riding a streak of nine straight games wth double digit saves dating back to last season.
Last Meeting with Dartmouth... The Pioneers battled back from down 7-2 but couldn't complete the comeback, falling short in a 9-7 loss to Dartmouth on Campus Field on March 5, 2011. The Pioneers got three goals from rookie Mike Mawdsley while Bryan Badolato scored twice and dished out three helpers in the loss. Both goalkeepers impressed as SHU's Zach Frank posted 15 saves and Dartmouth's Fergus Campbell turned away 17. Kip Dooley scored two and assisted on two for the Big Green. SHU went up 2-1 early in the second quarter but four-straight by Dartmouth sent the Big Green to the locker room up 5-2. Coming out of the break, Dartmouth went up 7-2 on goals by Rhett Miller and Jack Steele. Mawdsley ended the Sacred Heart drought with his first of three. With 3:37 left in the quarter, Mawdsley tallied with his second marker and pulled SHU to within 7-5. The Big Green ended the quarter with a goal by Chris Costabile in what would prove to be the game-winner. Mawdsley tacked on his third, scoring man-up to start the fourth but Campbell turned in six of his saves in the fourth to stave off the Pioneer rally.
Around the NEC... The Robert Morris Colonials are 3-1 to start the year and picked-up votes in this week's USILA Coaches Top-20 Poll. The Colonials split their two games in Colorado last week, beating Air Force, 17-14, and losing to #11 Denver, 21-8. RMU's Jake Hayes earned this week's Player of the Week award after scoring nine goals on nine shots on the two-game swing to Colorado. Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Chris Klaiber made 13 saves to beat #16 Delaware, 12-10, on the road last week. On this week's slate, Robert Morris will face #17 Ohio State while Bryant battles #18 Drexel.