Second Half Surge Leads Sacred Heart Past Quinnipiac, 14-10

April 2, 2008

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (April 2, 2007) - The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team outscored Quinnipiac 11-2 in the second half to erase a five goal halftime deficit and come away with a 14-10 win Wednesday afternoon at Campus Field. Junior Dan Casciano (Syracuse, NY) scored five of his career-high six goals in the second half as the Pioneers out shot the Bobcats 28-15 over the final two quarters in the comeback as they improve to 6-2 overall on the year.

Quinnipiac (6-2) opened the game with a pair of unassisted goals by Ted Dimond and Gary Messina but SHU (6-2) answered with markers by junior Nicholas Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) and Casciano ended the quarter in a 2-2 tie. The Pioneers jumped in front 3-2 at 13:25 of the second as freshman Michael Mortali (Branford, CT) scored his first career goal as junior Shawn McDonough (Mahopac, NY) set him up on a break-away.

The rest of the second quarter belonged to Quinnipiac as the Bobcats ripped off six-straight goals to go into the half up 8-3. Five different Bobcats scored on the run with Garret Kerr punching two in. QU out shot Sacred Heart 13-5 in the second quarter and took advantage of six broken Pioneer clears over the first 30 minutes.

Sacred Heart made an early statement to start the second half, scoring man-up just 29 seconds in. Junior Bobby Karl (Clifton Park, NY) buried a feed from junior Nick Hautau (South Salem, NY) and the Pioneers were off and running, ringing up eight-straight goals before Quinnipiac could get anything going. Sophomore Timmy Katz (Freehold, NY) cut it to 9-5 with an unassisted man-up goal at 11:45.

Casciano and junior Evan Morgan (Ashburn, VA) hooked-up for their first of three goals on the day at 10:29 and freshman James Mohrman (Hicksville, NY) buried a feed from Katz just 25 seconds later off the face-off to pull SHU within 8-7. Casciano worked some more magic, tying the game at 9:26, unassisted, and then gave the Pioneers the lead back for good, man-up at 1:01 off a feed from Morgan. The Pioneers ended the quarter with their seventh goal coming from sophomore Joe Caridi (East Northport, NY) with 10 ticks left to put SHU up two, 10-8.

Morgan made it eight-straight Pioneers scores, opening the fourth with an unassisted marker 56 seconds in giving his team an 11-8. lead. The Bobcats finally ended the run at 9:55 as Tyler McCabe scored man-up off a pass from Gary Messina but another Sacred Heart run put the game out of reach. Karl added his second of the day at 6:50 and Casciano buried his fifth and sixth of the afternoon at 4:39 and 3:23 to give the Pioneers a commanding 14-9 lead. The Bobcats tacked on one more just under a minute to produce the 14-10 final.

Casciano's six-goal day matches teammate Katz's six-score effort against Hartford earlier this season. In that game, SHU trailed 9-3 in the second half before Katz led the Pioneers back. Both Morgan and Katz scored and assisted on three goals. Junior Zach Smith (Chittenden, VT) won 16-of-21 face-offs, 11-of-14 in the second half, with eight ground balls.

The Pioneers held a 40-35 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle 46 to 29. Despite struggling on the clear in the first half, SHU finished the second half 10-of-11. Goalie Ricardo Vargas (Falls Church, VA) made 10 saves in picking up the win.

QU's Messina scored two goals and picked-up three assists in the loss. Kevin Benzing made 13 saves in the cage in the loss.

The Pioneers return to Colonial Athletic Association play this Saturday as they travel to nationally ranked Hofstra.

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