April 7, 2006
SHU Hosts 14th Ranked Blue Hens... The Sacred Heart Pioneers welcome the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens to Campus Field Saturday afternoon with both teams looking for a win to keep pace in the Colonial Athletic Association as the league schedule heats up in the first week of April. The Pioneers are looking to shake off a 19-8 loss at the hands of the #2 ranked Hofstra Pride on Wednesday as they get ready to face their second nationally ranked team in four days. Delaware posted a 9-8 win over Drexel a week ago and are 1-1 in the CAA after a loss to Towson (11-7) in their conference opener.
The Series... The all-time series is tied at 2-2, with Delaware taking the last two meetings. SHU took the first-ever meeting in 2002, 17-9, the Pioneer's first season in the CAA. The Pioneers won a 10-9 overtime decision the followings season at Delaware. UD won the 2004 meeting 13-8 in Fairfield and the 2005 meeting 15-11 at home.
Up Next... The Pioneers hit the road for two games, next Saturday, April 15th at Drexel in CAA action and Tuesday, April 18th at nationally ranked Maryland.
Last Meeting with Delaware... Dave Powers and Dan Deckelbaum each scored two goals to key a pivotal 7-0 Blue Hen run in the third quarter that lifted Delaware to a 15-11 win over Sacred Heart April 2, 2005. The Blue Hens broke away from a 6-4 halftime lead by scoring the first seven goals of the third quarter to go up 13-4, and then held off a late Pioneer surge to pick up the victory. Powers led all Blue Hen scorers with four goals and an assist while Jordan Hall added three goals and an assist. Alex Smith won 22 of 29 face-offs. Sacred Heart got five goals and an assist from Kiel Adams while Peter Greco scored a goal and dished out three assists and Matthew Robideau contributed a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Thomas Hind made 14 stops.
Scouting the Fightin' Blue Hens... The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens are 9-2 overall and 1-1 in the CAA and are ranked 14th in this week's Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 16th in the USILA Coaches Poll. The Blue Hens opened the season with a seven-game winning streak beating ranked Albany, 18-11, along the way. Delaware's two losses have come to ranked Georgetown (11-5) and Towson (11-7) teams. Delaware has four players who have scored 20 or more points this season led by Cam Howard who has 17 goals and 16 assists on the year. Marty Kupprion leads the team with 21 goals while Dan Deckelbaum has 21 scores and four helpers to Jordan Hall's 12 goals and eight assists.
SHU Last Time Out... The #2 ranked Hofstra Pride got a combined 13 points from Athan Iannucci and Tom Dooley to come away with a 19-8 win over visiting Sacred Heart Wednesday night. The Pride broke open a 5-5 game with nine minutes to go in the second quarter, scoring nine-straight into the third to take command en route to their 8th-straight win. There was a flurry of activity in the opening minutes of the game with Hofstra grabbing a 2-1 lead after just a minute and a half of action. SHU stayed in the game until the nine minute mark of the second quarter, tying the game at 5-5 at 9:50. From there, the Pioneer offense was held in check, not managing a shot over the last nine minutes of the half. Hofstra on the other hand, saw their offense explode, rattling off five-straight scores , started with a pair of man-up goals from Iannucci and Unterstein to take a 10-5 lead into the break. The Pride dominated the quarter offensively, out shooting SHU 20-9 and forcing 10 turnovers. The third quarter brought more of the same for the Pride as they rattled off another four-straight on a pair of markers each from Dooley and Iannucci. A pair of SHU goals at the end of the quarter pulled them to within 14-7 but the Pride ended any hopes of a comeback by burying two scores within 13 seconds of the fourth quarter getting underway. Hofstra tacked on five more in the fourth to produce the final 19-8 score. SHU's Billy Fuchs finished with three goals while Matt Robideau had a goal and two assists. Senior Thomas Hind made 12 saves in goal.
SHU in the CAA Rankings... The Pioneers are fifth in the league in scoring with 8.56 goals per game. SHU is fourth in the rankings in assists per game (5.44 apg) and fifth in points per game (14.00 ppg). As a team, Sacred Heart is third best in the league on the penalty kill, allowing just nine goals in 41 attempts (.780). Senior Matt Robideau is sixth in the league in scoring with 21 points (2.62 ppg). Senior Kiel Adams is 10th with 20 points (2.22 ppg). Adams is seventh in goals per game (1.78 gpg) followed by Robideau in eighth (1.73 gpg). Junior Pete Greco is fourth in assists per game (1.11 apg) and freshman Bobby Karl is ninth (0.89 apg). Robideau is second in the league in man-up goals with four.
Robideau Approaches 100 Points... Senior Matt Robideau is just four points away from becoming the 11th player is school history to record 100 career points. Robideau has 63 goals and 33 assists heading into Wednesday's game at Hofstra. He currently ranks 11th on the all-time list for goals scored.
2006 Schedule... The 2006 schedule features eight teams currently ranked in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse Top-20 polls. Hofstra, Maryland, UMass, Delaware, Towson and Denver are all in the top-20 while Colgate and Binghamton have received votes. The Pioneers play Maryland and Binghamton for the first time in school history.
Pioneer History... This is the 16th season of men's lacrosse at Sacred Heart. The Pioneers post a mark of 101-112 (.474) in their 16 year history. Head Coach Tom Mariano is the program's longest tenured coach in his 10th season at the helm. SHU begins it's fifth season of competition in the Colonial Athletic Association, one of the premier lacrosse leagues in the NCAA. Prior to joining the league, the Pioneers spent two seasons competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.