March 19, 2005

Men's Lax Defeats Dartmouth in OT, 9-8

March 19, 2005

Final Stats

HANOVER, NH - Junior Adam Dzedzy buried a freshman Kieran Carney pass with 28 second left in overtime to send the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team home with a 9-8 win over the Dartmouth College Big Green Saturday afternoon. The win is the Pioneer's fourth-straight as they improve to 4-1 on the year.

SHU's Matthew Robideau got the Pioneers started with his first of two goals on the day at 8:05 in the first quarter. Dartmouth answered off the stick of sophomore midfielder Brad Heritage at the 4:28 mark but the Pioneers came back fight off the draw as defenseman Phil Gardner scored his first goal of the season just 12 seconds later.

The Big Green pulled even just before the end of the quarter on freshman Marc Ayala's first goal of the afternoon. Robideau scored his second to opened the second quarter at 14:38 and a Dartmouth goal by Ben Grinnell less then a minute later knotted the score once again, 3-3.

Dartmouth went in front for the first time on Heritage's second of the day and following another SHU goal, went up 6-4 on Ayala's second and a man-down marker with 4:20 to play in the half. Sacred Heart pulled to within 6-5 on freshman Billy Fuch's second goal of the afternoon at 3:36 and the Pioneers went into the half on the man-up advantage.

The Pioneers failed to convert in the opening seconds of the third quarter but pulled even at 6-6 on Fuch's third goal from sophomore Derek Platt. SHU jumped back in front after a failed clear by Dartmouth that saw sophomore Peter Greco scoop up the loose ball in front of the cage and bury it at the 7:05. Dartmouth pulled even once again, this time with 39 second left in the quarter Grinnell's second.

Grinnell wasted little time in putting the Big Green back in front, winning the face-off to start the fourth and dancing in to scored unassisted just eight seconds in. SHU freshman Tony Tanzi got the Pioneers even off a feed from Robideau with 12:36 to play. Both teams had opportunities down the stretch, but came up empty in their attempts to earn the win in regulation.

SHU's Thomas Hind came up with his biggest save in the game in the closing seconds of regulation when Ayala snapped off a shot from point blank range but was denied by the Pioneer netminder as time ran out.

Sacred Heart took the opening draw of overtime but came up empty on their first offensive possession. After another Hind save and turnovers by both teams, SHU set up offensively with time waning away. After cycling the ball around, Carney found an open Dzedzy on the left wing who collected, and fired for the game-winner.

Robideau finished with two goals and two assists while Fuchs had three scores on the afternoon. Hind turned away seven shots in earning the win.

Dartmouth's Grinnell scored three times with an assist while Heritage scored twice with a helper. Andrew Goldstein made nine saves in goal for Dartmouth.

The Pioneers return to action this Tuesday, March 22nd when the host UMass in their 2005 home opener at 3:00 pm.