March 2, 2013

Men's Lacrosse to Take on Holy Cross in Home Opener Saturday

Game Notes

Holy Cross (1-2) vs. Sacred Heart (0-2)

Campus Field (3,200) - Fairfield, Conn.

Setting the Scene...Sacred Heart makes its Campus Field debut for the 2013 season on Saturday, hosting Holy Cross in the home opener. 

All-Time Series vs. Holy Cross...Today's game is the fourth meeting all-time between the Pioneers and Crusaders. Sacred Heart leads the series 2-1, winning the last meeting 14-13 in overtime on April 27, 2005. The previous three meetings have been decided by a total of five goals. The Pioneers are 7-7 all-time against current members of the Patriot League.

Last Time Out... Sacred Heart moved to 0-2 on the 2013 season last Saturday with a 15-12 loss at Marist. Junior attack Mike Mawdsley tied a career-high with five goals. Midfielders Alex Miller and Tim Caton set single-game career-highs against the Red Foxes. Miller had five assists as Caton scooped nine ground balls. Senior Stephen Kontos won 19 of 28 faceoffs. 

Mawdsley Ties Career-High...  Junior attack Mike Mawdlsey tied a career-high with five goals last Saturday at Marist. He also had five goals in the Pioneers' 13-12 win over Yale last season. Mawdsley leads the NEC in goals per game, averaging four per game so far this season. In 28 career games, Mawdsley has 18 multi-goal efforts including nine last season.

Gannon Dishing It Out...  Junior attack Matt Gannon was second in the NEC last season in assists per game, averaging 1.83 a contest in 2012. After tallying four points as a freshman, Gannon had four goals and a team-high 22 assists as a sophomore. Gannon has had two assists in each of the first two games this season, placing him third in the NEC in assists per game with 2.0.

Success At The X... Last season, Stephen Kontos was second in the NEC in faceoff percentage at 57%. That put him 14th in the nation. He also led Sacred Heart with 72 ground balls. So far this season, Kontos has won over 60% of his faceoffs. Kontos won 19 of 28 draws Saturday at Marist.