Balanced Scoring Leads Sacred Heart Past Manhattan, 14-6

March 5, 2008

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FAIRFIELD, CT (March 5, 2007) - Sacred Heart had nine different players score goals led by junior Dan Casciano (Syracuse, NY) who led the way with three as the Pioneers dominated the second and third quarters en route to a 14-6 win over Manhattan College Wednesday afternoon on Campus Field. The Pioneers out scored the Japsers 10-2 over the second and third quarters on their way to improving to 2-0 on the young season.

Manhattan (1-2) took the early advantage, grabbing a 3-2 lead after the first quarter and a 4-1 lead two and a half minutes into the second, forcing the Pioneers to change goalkeepers. Casciano opened the scoring at 10:12 in the first but the Japsers strung together a three-goal run starting at 5:43. Angelo Marrano posted a pair of unassisted markers followed by a Salvatore Spatarella from Marc LaBelle hook-up for a 3-1 advantage with 1:45 to go in the quarter. SHU's Timmy Katz (Freeport, NY) made it 3-2 with a man-up goal with 47 second left off a feed from junior Nick Hautau (South Salem, NY).

The Jasper's took a 4-2 lead as Will Coursen scored unassisted at 12:34 but the rest of the quarter belonged to Sacred Heart. The Pioneers rang up four-straight in the quarter with 5:38 to go starting with junior Nicholas Russo (Lindenhurst, NY), unassisted. Senior Tony Tanzi (Mahopac, NY) tagged on a pair and junior Bobby Karl (Clifton Park, NY) scored the Pioneers second man-up goal of the day with 41 ticks left on a perfect feed from junior Bobby Rushton (West Islip, NY).

The Pioneers (2-0) owned the third quarter as well, outscoring Manhattan 6-1 in the frame, all from different players. Freshman James Mohrman (Hicksville, NY), Katz, sophomore Evan Morgan (Ashburn, VA), Casciano and Hautau all scored in the quarter. Casciano's second goal came a man-down off a feed from grad student Pat Healy (Towson, MD). SHU closed out the scoring in the fourth on markers from Rushton and Casciano's third of the day.

Sacred Heart's Zach Smith (Chittenden, VT) dominated on face-off's, winning 17-of-23 at the `x' with a game-high 11 ground balls. SHU held a 40-38 edge on shots and a 47-38 advantage in the ground ball battle. Casciano also added an assist to his three scores for a game-high four points. Tanzi finished with a pair of goals and an assist. Junior Zack Frank (Islip Terrace, NY) came on in relief for the Pioneers and made four saves in the cage to earn his first career win.

The Jaspers managed just 11 shots on goal in the loss and finished 20-of-26 on clears and one-for-six man-up. Matthew Solomito made 14 saves in goal in taking the loss. Spatarella finished with a three goal afternoon for Manhattan.

The Pioneers are right back at home on Saturday afternoon hosting the Hartford Hawks at 1:00 pm.

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