April 2, 2009
Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team travels south this weekend as they visit CAA rival Towson in Maryland Saturday afteroon. SHU lost to Manhattan on Wednesday while Towson fell to UMBC Tuesday afternoon. Face-off at Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 2:00 pm.
The Series... The Tigers lead the series, 7-0. Towson took a 17-5 decision in last year's meeting in Fairfield and has won every meeting since the Pioneers joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2002. SHU is 0-3 at Towson and 0-4 at home in the series.
Last Meeting... The Towson men's lacrosse team scored twice in the last 30 seconds of the first quarter to ignite a 9-0 run as the Tigers dealt Sacred Heart a 17-5 loss on Campus Field last season. The Tigers got three goals apiece from Jonathan Engelke and Eric Boyle while Brock Armour, Ben Ganley and Phil Blevins each scored their first career goals. SHU got three goals from Dan Casciano.
Historic Night... In the longest game in CAA lacrosse history, the Pioneers won a five-overtime marathon against Villanova Saturday night, 8-7. It was the longest game in Sacred Heart lacrosse history, topping a two overtime game against Butler in 2004. 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. Senior Bobby Rushton scored two goals for the Pioneers. Junior Timmy Katz had a goal and an assist, the helper coming on the game winner.
Katz Leading the Offense... After being one of the top attackers last season, Junior Timmy Katz has picked up right where he left off. Katz leads the Pioneer attack with 15 goals and three assists on the year. He earned CAA Player of the Week honors on March 10 after scoring the overtime game-winner against Hartford. He scored four of SHU's five goals in one goal loss against Hofstra on March 21.
Record Setter/Award Winner... Sophomore 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 Saturday night. 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. Frank also picked up nine groundballs in the game.
Scouting the Tigers... Towson comes into the weekend off a loss to UMBC on Tuesday. The Tigers attack is led by Bill McCutcheon who has scored 17 goals on the season. Will Harrington and Sean Maguire each have seven tallied on the year while Brock Armour has six tallies on the year. Rob Wheeler has started every game in goal for the Tigers and sports a 9.18 goals against average. Towson has excelled in man-up situations, sporting a .464 conversion percentage, tops in the league.
Up Next... The Pioneers hit the road for two more games next week. SHU will visit Delaware in CAA action Wednesday before taking on Quinnipiac Saturday.