March 9, 2012

Sacred Heart Takes on Manhattan Saturday Afternoon

SACRED HEART (1-3) VS. MANHATTAN (1-3)

Game 04 * Saturday, March 10, 2012 * 1:00 pm * Campus Field

Live Video * Live Stats

Setting the Scene...  The Sacred Heart Pioneers are coming off a 13-12 upset at #15 ranked Yale as they welcome the Manhattan Jaspers to Campus Field on Saturday.  The Pioneers snapped an 0-3 start to the season with their first ever win over the Bulldogs.  The Jaspers are 1-3 on the year as well and were shut-out for the second time this season falling 11-0 at #2 Johns Hopkins on Tuesday night.

Last Time Out...  Behind five Mike Mawdsley goals and a game-changing 10-1 run, the Sacred Heart Pioneers dealt the #15 ranked Yale Bulldogs their first loss of the 2012 season, 13-12, at Reese Stadium Tuesday night.  The Pioneers were out shot 42-27 but went three-of-six on their man-up opportunties to turn around a 7-2 deficit into a 13-12 win.  Mawdsley scored all five of his goals on a 10-1 run that ran from the 8:11 in the second quarter through 6:53 in the third.  SHU staved off a fourth quarter Yale comeback as sophomore goalie Ryan Hughes made four of his 12 saves in the quarter.  Senior Matt Ferrino chipped in with three goals and an assist for the Pioneers.  Yale's Greg Mahony and Brandon Mangan each scored three for the Bulldogs.

Pioneer News & Notes... The Pioneers win over Yale marks the program's third win over a ranked opponent...SHU defeated a #20 ranked Dartmouth team on the road in overtime, 9-8, on March 19, 2005 and a #14 ranked Delaware team at home, 9-8, on April 8, 2006...Sacred Heart will be at home for three of their next four, hosting Hartford and St. John's after a trip to Vermont to close out the non-conference portion of their schedule...The Pioneers rank second in the NEC in scoring (10.50 gpg) and third in scoring defense (11.50 gpg)...Sophomore Mike Mawdsley has nine goals in his last two games and is coming off a career-high five goal effort against Yale...Mawdsley has shot up to 3rd in the NEC in goals per game (2.75 pg) and seventh in points per game (2.75)...Senior Matt Ferino scored three against Yale and is tied for the NEC lead with three man-up goals through four games...For the second-straight game, sophomore Matt Gannon dished out a career-best four assists...Gannon leads the NEC in assists per game (2.67 pg)...Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Hughes got his first career start two games ago at Dartmouth and has been impressive, posting back-to-back 12 save efforts...Hughes has a 10.71 goals against average...Stephen Kontos ranks fifth in the NEC in ground balls per game (5.25 pg) and is third in face-off percentage (.537). 

All-Time vs. Manhattan...  The Pioneers and Jaspers have met every season since 1999 with SHU holding an 8-5 advantage in the all-time series.  Sacred Heart picked-up their first win in the series since 2008 with an 11-6 last season at Manhattan.

Scouting the Jaspers...  The Manhattan Jaspers are in the middle of a three-game road swing stopping in Fairfield with a 1-3 mark on the year.  The Jaspers lone win came over Providence at home, 11-9.  Manhattan has been shut out twice this season, falling at Lehigh in the season opener, 13-0, and at #2 Johns Hopkins, 11-0.  The Jaspers are averaging 4.50 goals on 21.0 shots per game while giving up 11.50 goals per game.  Matt Thistle is the team leader with 11 points on five goals and six assists.  Brian McGrath has a team-best six goals scored.  Rich Akapnitis has seen the majority of minutes in goal for Manhattan with an 11.00 goals against average and a .566 save percentage.

Last Meeting With Manhattan...  SHU posted an 11-6 win at Manhattan on March 12th last season behind rookie Mike Mawdsley who led the way on the attack with his second hat trick of the season. The Jaspers held a 2-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Pioneers responded with five unanswered goals in the second and held a 5-3 lead at halftime. In that span, Mawdsley and midfielder Aaron Lupo each scored twice along with Matt King adding his third goal of the season. After Manhattan cut into the SHU lead, midfielder Matt Ferrino posted a man-up goal and later attacker Cody Marquis registered the game-winner on his fourth goal of the season. Brian Badolato added some insurance in the final stanza with a pair of goals, pushing his season total to 10, surpassing the total he had a year ago. In net, Zach Frank provided 12 saves.

Around the NEC...  The Pioneers 13-12 win over #15 ranked Yale is the highlight of the schedule so far this week.  The Quinnipiac Bobcats played #17 Fairfield tough on Tuesday before falling 9-6 at home.  Robert Morris will head to #20 Ohio State for a Friday night match-up while SHU, QU, Bryant and Mount St. Mary's are all back in action on Saturday, all at home.  The big news out of the league this week was the announcement on Thursday that Monmouth will be adding men's lacrosse as a varisty sport with spring 2014 targeted as their first season of competition.  The addition of the Hawks will bring the NEC field in the sport to seven teams.

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