April 7, 2009
Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team completes a four game road trip with visits to the University of Delaware and Quinnipiac University this week. The Pioneers will meet Delaware in CAA play Wednesday night at 7:00 pm and visit Quinnipiac Saturday at 1:00 pm.
The Blue Hen Series... Sacred Heart leads the all-time series with Delaware 4-3. Delaware has won three of four meetings before the Pioneers won at home last year. SHU took the first-ever meeting in 2002, 17-9, the Pioneer's first season in the CAA.
Last Meeting... Sacred Heart's Ricardo Vargas turned in 16 saves and kept Delaware off the scoreboard for a 30:53 span from the first to third quarter as the Pioneers wrapped up 2008 with an impressive 15-7 win over the Fightin' Blue Hens last year at Campus Field.
The Bobcat Series... The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 9-4. The two teams met for the first time since 2001 in 2007 with the Bobcats posting a 10-9 overtime win at home. The first meeting took place in 1991, SHU's first season of competition.
Last Meeting... Sacred Heart outscored Quinnipiac 11-2 in the second half to erase a five goal halftime deficit and come away with a 14-10 win last season at Campus Field. Junior Dan Casciano scored five of his career-high six goals in the second half as the Pioneers out shot the Bobcats 28-15 over the final two quarters in the comeback.
SHU Drops Pair... The Pioneers lost two games this week, falling to Manhattan, 10-5 and dropping a 16-8 decision on the road at Towson on Saturday. Senior Dan Casciano factored in on half of the Pioneer goals on the week, registering six goals and an assist in SHU"s two games. The senior scored three goals and added a helper against Manhattan and then netted three more scores against Towson on Saturday. The Pioneers have never beaten Towson since joining the CAA.
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 six 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.
Leaders of the Troops... Leading the Pioneers onto the field this year is senior captain Bobby Rushton. One of the top offensive midfielders for the red and white throughout his career, Rushton scored 14 goals last year and was fourth on the team in scoring. Also on the attack is Dan Casciano, who scored six goals in two games last week, and is now second on the team with 13 tallies. Rushton has 10 goals and sophomore Jon Flood has eight.
Scouting the Bluehens... Delaware is off to an 0-2 start in CAA play after losing to Hofstra Saturday night at Giants Stadium. The Blue Hens boast the top face-off man in the conference in Tommy Lee who has won 61 percent (119/195) of his face-offs this year. Curtis Dickson leads the Delaware attack with 23 goals on the season. Martin Cahill has found the back of the 14 times while Kevin Kaminski has 11 scores. Noah Fossener has played every game in the cage for the Blue Hens.
Scouting the Bobcats... Quinnipiac is coming off an impressive 11-10 win over No. 19 Denver last week, the first win over a ranked team in program history. Todd Kaiser scored four goals and had two assists in the win, earning Great Western Lacrosse League and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Week honors. Jack Oppenheimer has scored a team leading 12 goals while Ted Dimond has 10 goals to his credit. Kevin Benzig is the primary goaltender for the Bobcats, sporting a 8.65 goals against average.
Up Next... The Pioneers return home next Saturday, April 18th as they host Drexel on Senior Night at Campus Field. Opening Face-off is set for 7:00 pm.