April 28, 2004
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (April 28, 2004) - The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team broke a four-game losing streak Wednesday night, posting an 8-7 win over Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Pioneers built a 7-1 lead late into the third quarter and had to withstand an offensive flurry by the Red Foxes to come away with their second win on the year. Marist falls to 9-6 overall with the loss.
The Pioneers held a 1-0 lead after one quarter of play on senior James Delmonico (West Islip, NY) man-up goal. SHU's lead grew to 4-0 in the second quarter behind goals by freshman Chase Caruso (Huntington, NY) and a pair from freshman Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY). Marist finally broke through in the ninth minute off the stick of Billy Duerr. Sacred Heart tacked one more on before the break as Jorge Bravo (Long Beach, NY) tallied his first of three goals for a 5-1 lead.
After giving up two early second half goals to the Pioneers, Marist held SHU scoreless over the next 24 minutes, as they mounted a rally from a 7-1 hole. Five straight Red Fox tallies sliced the lead to 7-5 before the Pioneers could answer. Sacred Heart snapped its scoreless streak with 4:10 to play to take the 8-5 lead on Greco's third of the day.
Marist refused to go away as the Red Foxes mounted one last charge. Jay Nahama touched net with 2:14 to play and Tim Iuculano scored with 90 seconds left on the clock to inch to within one, 8-7. Several Marist opportunities in the final 30 seconds of play fell short as the SHU defense withstood the rally and brought home the victory.
The Pioneers received three goals each from Greco and Bravo, who also had an assist on the night. Sophomore Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) earned the win in net, with seven saves in the game.
Sacred Heart will close out the 2004 season this Saturday, May 1st when the play host to Air Force at 12 noon on Senior Day.
Box Score: 1 2 3 4 F Sacred Heart (2-11) 1 4 2 1 8 Marist College (9-6) 0 1 1 5 7XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Scoring: Goals SHU -Bravo (3), Greco (3), Delmonico, Caruso MC - Iuculano (2), Diele (2), Duerr, Nahama, Ben-Eliyahu Assists SHU -Dzedzy, Bravo, Giamichael, Hunter, Morse, Robideau MC - Duerr, Iuculano, Nahama Goaltending: SHU - Hind, 7 saves; MC - Gravino, 9 saves Shots: SHU - 33; MC - 30 Ground Balls: SHU - 35; MC - 33 Face-offs: SHU - 10-19; MC - 9-19 Extra Man: SHU - 3-5; MC - 1-7