Sacred Heart Pioneers (0-6) vs. Hartford Hawks (2-3)
Saturday, March 16 - Al-Marzook Field (2,500)
SETTING THE SCENE: Sacred Heart takes to the road Wednesday night to take on the Hartford Hawks.
SERIES HISTORY VS. HARTFORD: The Pioneers are 8-6 all-time against the Hawks, winning last season's meeting 10-9 at Campus Field. Sacred Heart is 10-14 all-time against schools from the America East Conference after losing 12-10 to Stony Brook on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT: Sacred Heart scored the first five goals Saturday, but couldn't hold off a late charge from Stony Brook as the Seawolves won 12-10. Stony Brook outshot the Pioneers 44-25 with a 33-30 advantage in ground balls. Matt Gannon led Sacred Heart with four points, tying a career-high. He scored a goal and added a team-high three assists. Cody Marquis, Matt King, and Mike Mawdsley each scored two goals.
LIKE A KING: Senior midfield Matt King currently leads Sacred Heart with 14 points on the season. He has ten goals and four assists in the last five games. King has scored multiple goals in each of the last four games, scoring twice last Saturday against Stony Brook. His 14 points this season are a single-season career high, as are his 10 goals.
GANNON DISHING IT OUT: Junior attackman Matt Gannon is third in the NEC in assists per game, averaging 1.67 a contest. Gannon tied a career-high with four points last Saturday, scoring a goal with a game-high three assists against Stony Brook. He has had at least two points in five of the first six games this season, and in eight of his last 10 games dating back to 2012.
FOLEY ON SIX-GAME GOAL SCORING STREAK: Senior midfielder Shane Foley has scored eight goals this season, scoring twice in games at Hofstra and Providence. In the last two seasons combined, Foley has scored nine goals with 17 points. Foley has scored a goal in each of the first six games this season and tallied a point in each of his last eight games played. He has also has tallied a point in 12 of his last 13 games.
SCOUTING HARTFORD: The Hawks were picked to finish fourth in America East in the preseason. Hartford has won its last two games against Siena and Quinnipiac after starting the year 0-3. Jack Bobzien leads Hartford with 12 assists and 16 points, while Andrew Cacchio leads the team with nine goals.