Jan. 12, 2006
Sacred Heart head coach Tom Mariano is excited about the upcoming 2006 season and his team is right there with him. A strong core of experienced, battled tested seniors lead a talented Pioneer roster into the season with high expectations for success.
"I am excited about the upcoming season," stated Mariano. "As a team, a program, there is a level of excitement and anticipation heading into this year."
"We have a wealth of experience on our roster. Solid seniors and guys who have made contributions in the past. Playing younger guys the past few seasons at key positions will hopefully payoff and lead to success."
"Kiel Adams, a first team All-CAA pick last year, really has come in and done the thing to change his game and become a better all-around player."
"Adam Dzedzy, when healthy is as good as anyone out there"
Adams led the team with 22 goals in his first season with the Pioneers last year. The senior finished with 31 points and five man-up goals. Greco was third on the team in scoring with 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists. Greco led the team with six man-up goals. Dzedzy battled injuries all season but still managed to score five goals with five assists in 13 games.
"We have a group of seniors in the midfield who are tough, hard working kids and buy into the concepts of our program. They are willing to do everything they can to be successful and make the program better." Senior Matt Robideau leads a deep and experienced group in the midfield. Robideau a first team all-conference pick as a junior, scored 19 goals and passed out 14 assists to lead the team in scoring for the second-straight year with 33 points. Senior Kevin Walker finished the season with eight points on four goals and four assists.
"Matt Robideau is coming off an All-CAA season and has worked harder than ever coming into this year. He is ready to take himself and the team to the next level."
"Kevin Walker has put in one of the hardest working off-season of anyone I have ever coached."
A pair of All-CAA Rookie Team selections also return to the midfield in sophomores Tony Tanzi and Billy Fuchs. Tanzi had nine goals and five assists in 2005 while Fuchs was fourth on the team in scoring with 14 goals and five assists.
Senior Chad Clark leads the youthful group that also includes junior Pat Healy and sophomore Brett McGlensey. "We're young but I love our attitude. Team work, comradeship, supporting each other. That's what we will need."
Senior Thomas Hind has started every game for the Pioneers since his freshman year and is looking for a strong senior year leading the SHU defensive unit. Hind finished 2005 with a 6-8 overall record, posting a 11.55 goals against average with 122 saves. Fellow senior Jim Millhausen and sophomore Ricardo Vargas will back-up Hind in goal.
"Hind has started every game in his three years at Sacred Heart. He can be as good as anyone in the cage and he is ready for a great senior year."
The 2006 schedule is littered with six games against teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse / Face-off Yearbook Preseason Coaches Top-25 Poll including a first-ever meeting with national power Maryland. The season will get underway on Saturday, February 25th when the Colgate Red Raiders pay a visit to Campus Field. SHU will make a first-ever trip out to Colorado to face Air Force and Denver. Binghamton is a new addition to the schedule while Robert Morris is added to the slate as the newest member of the Colonial Athletic Association.
"We are going to head to Colorado for a pair of games this season (Denver, Air Force), which is one of the toughest places to play in the country."
"The CAA is one of the toughest conference year in and year out and it is always getting better. Our non-league schedule will be challenging as we add a top-four team (Maryland) which will be a great experience and opportunity."