Pioneers Look to Find Winning Ways
April 27, 2010
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart remains at home as Quinnipiac visits Campus Field for a 7:00 pm contest on April 27. This is game two of three in the current eight day home stand for the Pioneers.
Last Time Out... SHU lost its second consecutive "Patriot Game" to Robert Morris. The Pioneers still hold a 3-2 advantage in the annual game. SHU fell to RMU 12-10 at home on Saturday. The Pioneers were up 6-4 at the half and led by as much as three in the second half. Senior goalie Tom Trgo stopped 20 shots in the cage and added his first career goal to tie the game at eight midway through the fourth quarter. Senior Jon Flood netted a hat trick and classmate Evan Morgan added three assists. Sophomore Matt King scored a pair of goals for the first multi-goal game of his career.
About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart has lost four straight to fall to 3-9 on the season. Senior attack Timmy Katz leads the team with 37 total points on a team-high 27 goals scored to go with 10 assists. Flood is tied for second with 19 goals and four helpers for 23 points, while Morgan has a team-leading 13 assists and 10 scores of his own to total 23 points. Trgo posts a .586 save percentage and 10.15 goals against average between the pipes.
Scouting the Bobcats... Quinnipiac owns a 6-5 record coming into tonight's matchup. Junior Christian Haggerty has collected a team-best 22 assists and added 13 goals to lead the Bobcats with 35 points. Fellow junior Jack Oppenheimer has a team-leading 26 goals and added six assists for 32 total points. Classmate Kevin Kelly is third on the team in scoring with 20 points on 12 scores and eight assists. In net, junior Kevin Benzing has started all 1 games and hols a .551 save percentage and 8.90 GAA.
Last Time vs. QU... Sacred Heart took control in the second half of a game that went back and forth between the two schools in the first half. The Pioneers won the game, 12-9 on April 11 of last year. Katz came off the bench to tally three goals, while Dan Casciano contributed three of his own plus an assist. Bobby Karl dished out five assists, while Morgan added three assists and a pair of goals. For the Bobcats, Oppenheimer netted a hat trick and Benzing made 10 saves. In the cage for SHU, Zack Frank stopped 13 shots to earn the win.
Vs. QU All-Time... The Pioneers hold a 10-4 advantage over the Bobcats dating back to 1991, the year they first faced off. This is the fourth straight year that the two teams have been on each other's schedule. Quinnipiac took the first ever contest at home, 15-3. Since 1994, SHU has won nine of 11 and each of the last two. Two years ago, the Pioneers won at home, 14-10. The Bobcats last won in 2007, 10-9 in overtime.
On This Date... Sacred Heart is 4-1 all-time, and 1-1 in Division I, when playing on April 27. Most recently the Pioneers defeated Holy Cross, 14-13 in overtime, at home in 2005. Tony Tanzi led SHU with three goals, including the game winner. In 1994, they won against cross-town rival Fairfield, 8-6.
Up Next... SHU hosts St. John's at 7:00 pm on May 1. It is the final home game of 2010 and will serve as the annual "Senior Night".
Three of a Kind... Senior Timmy Katz has recorded a team-high five hat tricks through 10 games. Katz is one of only 21 players in the country with at least five hat tricks. His last hat trick came in the Pioneers last win, March 27 against Hartford.
Turn of the Century... In a 9-8 loss at The Mount, Katz reached the 100 point mark for his career. The two-goal effort earned him his 99th and 100th points in four years at SHU. Overall, Katz has 106 points for his career.
In the Polls... Sacred Heart received votes in the March 21 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Poll. It was the fourth time, and third straight week, this season that the Pioneers have received votes in this poll. SHU has also been ranked as high as sixth in the NEILA Coaches' Poll Top Eight.
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... Trgo ranks fifth in the country, out of 46 eligible goalies, with a save percentage of .586. Katz is tied for 31st in goals per game with 2.25 and is tied for 47th in the country for points per game at 3.08 through games completed April 25.