Pioneers Break into Win Column with 8-7 CAA Win at Drexel
April 3, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 3, 2004) - The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team snapped a seven-game losing streak and opened their Colonial Athletic Association schedule with a hard fought 8-7 win over Drexel University, Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers got their first win and are now 1-7 overall but more importantly, sit 1-0 in the CAA.
Senior Ben Giamichael (Cortland, NY) led the way with a season-high four points on three goals and an assist. Sophomores Matt Robideau (Massena, NY) and Adam Dzedzy (Glenmoore, PA) each scored twice in the win with Robideau notching the game-winner along with an assist. Senior Christian Lynch (Northport, NY) had SHU other goal on the afternoon.
The Pioneers struck first, scoring on Giamichael's first of the day at 12:46 of the first quarter. The Dragons answered just under a minute later on Jonathan Decanio's unassisted goal. Dzedzy scored his first of the game unassisted at 6:59 to give SHU a 2-1 lead at the end of one quarter.
Sacred Heart made it 3-1 as Giamichael took a pass from freshman Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) and converted his second goal at 13:43. SHU made it 4-2 at 10:53 of the quarter on Dzedzy's second as the Pioneers looked to take control. Drexel had other ideas as the Dragons rattled off a three-goal run, capped by Erik Hauen's third goal at 3:20 to go in the half. The Pioneers tied the game as Giamichael completed the hat trick with just over a minute to go in the half as the game went into the break 5-5.
Drexel punched in two quick goals, just 38 seconds apart in the third quarter to take a 7-5 lead. Sacred Heart would answer with three-straight by Lynch and two by Robideau to take the lead for good.
Sophomore Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) and the rest of the Pioneer defense put the clamps on the rest of the way, shutting out Drexel for over 25 minutes in the second half to earn the victory. Hind finished with 14 saves, seven in the second half, to notch the win.
The Pioneers continue CAA play this Wednesday, April 7th when they travel to Hofstra for a 7:30 pm start.