March 5, 2010
Setting the Scene... The Pioneers play host to former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Manhattan at 1:00 pm. Today's matchup marks the 12th straight season that the two teams have faced each other.
Last Time Out... SHU fell in overtime to Marist, 11-10. The Pioneers held a one goal advantage with 2:27 to go when the Red Foxes tied the game to force the extra frame. Senior attack Jon Flood scored three goals, while junior midfielder Tim Russo added a score and a pair of assists. In the cage, senior Tom Trgo made a season-high 18 saves.
Vs. Manhattan All-Time... The Pioneers enter this afternoon's contest holding a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Jaspers. After winning the first five meetings between the two teams, SHU has dropped four of the last six matchups.
About the Pioneers... Flood and fellow senior attack Timmy Katz lead the Red & White in scoring with 11 points apice. Both have netted eight goals and collected three assists. Classmate Evan Morgan has notched four goals and four assists. Trgo has appeared in all three games, making two starts, and made 40 saves.
Scouting the Jaspers... Manhattan is winless through its first two contests, with losses coming against John Hopkins and Robert Morris. Senior attack James Synowiecz leads the Jaspers in scoring with eight points, five goals and two assits. Senior Sal Spatarella and Joe Variano and sophomore Tyler Sabens have all registered two goals on the season. Juniors Matt Solomito and Jon Fiorillo have started one game each and made 14 and 12 saves, respectively.
Up Next... Sacred Heart head to Jacksonville for its first game away from Campus Field in 2010. The Pioneers faceoff with the Dolphins at 12:00 pm on March 13.
Last Time They Met... Behind two goals from Variano and Synowiez each Manhattan cruised to a 10-5 victory over Sacred Heart. Dan Casciano scored three goals for the Pioneers. John Geagan made 10 stops in net to earn the win.
In the Polls... Sacred Heart received votes in the first weekly (Feb 21) United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Poll. The Pioneers have been ranked as high as sixth in the NEILA Coaches' Poll, but dropped out of this week's ranking.
Weekly Honors... Senior attack Timmy Katz was named the Turfer NEILA Player of the week for the week ending February 21. Katz scored four goals and dished out a pair of assists in a 13-6 win over Presbyterian.
Top 50... Flood and Katz were in a four-way tie for 50th in the country for points per game at 3.67 through games completed Feb 28.
2009 in Review... Sacred Heart completed a 4-10 season in its final year in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Pioneers' lone conference victory was an 8-7 five overtime defeat of Villanova at Campus Field on March 28. SHU took down in-state rivals Hartford, 9-8, and Quinnipiac, 12-9, on the road. Katz led the team in scoring with 28 points, including a team-high 21 goals. Dan Casciano ranked second on the team with 19 goals and seven assists for 26 total points. Zach Smith took the majority of the faceoffs for the Pioneers and picked up a team-leading 75 ground balls. Frank started 12 games in goal and posted 162 saves and a 4-9 record.
Captains... Mariano announced that seniors Nick Brink, Evan Morgan, and Peter Ridge as team captains for the 2010 season. Morgan is the second highest scoring attack from a year ago, having scored 11 goals and collected 13 assists. Both midfielders, Brink and Ridge will contribute to what could be a midfield by committe until the right combinations begin to blossom during the season.
In The Cage... Senior goalie Tom Trgo and junior Zack Frank, last season's starter, will look to battle for time in net for the Pioneers. A year ago, Frank started 12 games between the pipes for SHU, while Trgo opened the game in net twice. Frank posted 162 saves for a .581 save percentage and Trgo provided 41 stops for a .562 save percentage.
Preseason NEILA Poll... Sacred Heart enters the season in the three way tie for the sixth spot in the NEILA Coaches' Poll. The Pioneers are tied with Dartmouth and Quinnipiac. UMass begins the 2010 season as the top-ranked team in the. The remaining teams among the top eight are Brown, Harvard, Fairfield and Yale.
Pioneer History... This is the 20th season of men's lacrosse at Sacred Heart. The Pioneers post a mark of 121-140 in their history. Head Coach Tom Mariano is the program's longest tenured coach in his 13th season at the helm. SHU has left the Colonial Athletic Association and will compete as a Division I Independent in 2010. Starting next season the Pioneers will join the Northeast Conference as is adds men's lacrosse for 2011. Prior to this season, the Pioneers spent eight seasons in the CAA and two seasons competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Five On Top... On March 28th, Sacred Heart beat Villanova, 8-7, in five overtimes in the longest game in CAA history. Sophomore goaltender Zack Frank made a school record 27 saves in the game. Sophomore Jon Flood scored the game winning goal with six seconds left in the fifth overtime.
Record Setter/Award Winner... As a sophomore, last season, Zack Frank earned Player of the Week honors from three different organizations for the week of March 23-29. Frank was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. He also was tabbed the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Division I Player of the Week and the Turfer/New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Week. Frank made a school record 27 saves in Sacred Heart's five overtime victory over Villanova on March 28. Fifteen of those stops came in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Pioneers protected a one goal lead and then held off a Villanova onslaught in the extra sessions. Frank made nine stops in the fourth quarter and made six saves in the five overtime sessions. He also picked up nine groundballs in the game.