Feb. 28, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 28, 2004) - Sacred Heart junior Christian Lynch (Northport, NY) scored three goals and picked up an assist but the Pioneers came up short, falling to Brown, 10-5, in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. Brown junior Chris Mucciolo scored four goals and senior goalkeeper Mike Levin made 16 saves to lead the Bears to the victory in what was the season opener for both clubs.
The two teams got off to a slow start in the first period before Brown's Charles Towers scored the first of his two goals at the 5:53 mark. Towers gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage just under three minutes into the second quarter placing a Kyle Wailes pass past SHU goalie Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY).
Lynch got the Pioneers on the board in the seventh minute of the quarter, firing home his first of the day off a pass from sophomore Adam Dzedzy (Glenmoore, PA). Brown's Chazz Woodson answered right back just 54 seconds later; scoring unassisted for a 3-1 Bear lead. Lynch refused to let the Pioneers out of it and hit on back to back goals at 5:30 and 4:35 to knot the game up a three apiece and complete the natural hat trick. The Bears took the lead for good, however, with just 1:41 to play in the half as Mucciolo struck for the first of his four goals, unassisted.
The second half was all Brown, as the Bears outscored the Pioneers 6-2 over the final 30 minutes. Mucciolo struck quickly at the start of the third quarter, converting a Wailes pass on the man adavantage. Junior Britton Derkac buried another feed from Wailes just 51 second later to put the Bears up, 6-3.
The Pioneers cut the lead to two at the 6:20 mark on freshman Kevin Kimball's (Framingham, MA) first career goal but were stung by a late quarter goal by Brown freshman David Madeira with 44 seconds to play that got the lead back to three.
Mucciolo struck twice more in the fourth quarter, giving Brown an 8-4 lead with 6:38 to play and burying his second man-up goal with just over two minutes to play to seal the win. In addition to Mucciolo's four goals, Wailes handed out four assists and Woodson finished with a goal and an assist. Levin was remarkable in the cage for Brown, who recorded eight of his 16 saves in the fourth quarter.
Also scoring multiple points for the Pioneers was Dzedzy, who finished with three assists in the loss. Senior captain Ben Giamichael (Cortland, NY) picked-up his first goal of the year while freshman Jonathan Corto (Orchard Park, NY) notched the first assist of his career. Hind turned away nine Brown shots on the afternoon with three ground balls. Junior Blake Reardon (St. Michael, MN) was strong on face-offs, winning 11 of 18 for the Pioneers with a game-high seven ground balls. SHU was hurt all afternoon by 28 turnovers while going 0-for-6 on the man-up advantage.
The Pioneers are right back in action this Wednesday, March 3rd as they host Manhattan at 3:00 pm.