March 10, 2007

Men's LAX Rally Falls Short at Manhattan, 10-8

The Pioneers traveled to head coach Tom Mariano's high school alma matar (Ossining High School) in Ossining, New York to take on the Manhattan Jaspers Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers led at the break but got outscored 7-4 in the final two quarter to fall 10-8 to the Jaspers.

After Peter Greco opened the game's scoring by putting Sacred Heart on the board 38 seconds into the contest, Manhattan rattled off three straight scores to hold a 3-1 lead after the first quarter of play. Sacred Heart answered back with three straight goals of its own, two courtesy of Greco and another from Evan Morgan in the second quarter to take a 4-3 advantage into the dressing room. None of Manhattan's nine shots in the period found the back of the net as Ricardo Vargas was forced to make only one save in the frame after turning aside seven Jasper shots in the opening stanza.

The Jaspers drew first blood in the second half and put four up in the third quarter to carry a 7-6 lead into the final stanza. From there Manhattan took control and tacked on three-straight to take a commanding 10-6 lead, their largest of the day. The Pioneers finally snapped the run as Bobby Rushton pulled his squad within three at the 7:33 mark of the fourth period. The Pioneers would only score once more from that point forward, a man-up goal by Morgan with only 14 ticks left in the game.

The Pioneers held a 45-40 advantage on shots and a 42-33 groundball edge. Vargas made 11 saves in goal. SHU's Zach Smith was stellar on face-offs, winning 15-of-18 while picking up a career-high 10 ground balls.

The Pioneers travel to upstate New York to face Binghamton next Saturday afternoon. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.