Game 1: Sacred Heart (0-0) at #17/20 Hofstra (0-0)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 - 1:30 p.m. (James M. Shuart Stadium)
The Week Ahead ... The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team opens the 2013 season on Saturday afternoon at #17/20 Hofstra. The Pioneers are 7-15 in season openers since 1991.
Series History vs. Hofstra ... Saturday's game is the 12th all-time meeting between Sacred Heart and Hofstra, with the Pride winning each of the first 11 meetings. Five of those 11 games have been decided by two goals or less, including last year's 11-9 game won by Hofstra.
So Close... Sacred Heart was 4-9 in 2012 with plenty of close games. Ten of the Pioneers' 13 games last season were decided by three goals or less. Five games were decided by one goal, with Sacred Heart going 2-3 in those contests. One of those wins was a 13-12 victory at #15 Yale on March 6.
Pioneers Picked Fifth In NEC Preseason Poll... The Pioneers were picked to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Poll. Bryant was selected as the team to beat in the NEC, followed by Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, and Quinnipiac.
Monster Numbers From Mawdsley... Junior attack Mike Mawdlsey has made an immediate impact in his first two seasons at Sacred Heart. As a freshman, Mawdsley scored 28 goals with 10 assists. Last season, he led the Pioneers with 30 goals which put him third in the NEC and 19th nationally in goals per game. Mawdsley was third in the nation in 2012 with a .566 shot percentage.
Hughes And Newbold Named ALL-NEC... Sacred Heart returns a pair of All-NEC performers from a year ago in defensemen Andrew Newbold and goalie Ryan Hughes. Newbold started all 13 games as a sophomore last season, placing second on the team with 12 caused turnovers and third with 40 groundballs. Hughes was named NEC Defensive Player of the Week three times in 2012, finishing second in the NEC in save percentage and goals against average. He was fourth in the nation with 11.67 saves per game.