MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team put up an arduous fight against conference opponent No. 17 Robert Morris. A convincing surge by the Colonials (5-2, 1-0 NEC) encompassing two quarters helped the hosts hold off answers by the Pioneers (4-4, 0-1 NEC), 12-8, to escape with the Northeast Conference win Saturday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium.
How it happened…
Kevin Cop credited the game's first scoring play awarding SHU the one-point edge with 13:41 to go in the first onset. Robert Morris responded, rattling off a trio of unanswered tallies to close out the first period, 3-1.
SHU was hot in the second quarter blitzing four goals and holding the host off the scoring column to tote a 5-3 lead with them into the locker-room.
RMU's Matt Schmidt knocked in two balls as the third quarter unraveled to knot the score but Julian Garritano snuck into the mini-spurt to put SHU back up one. However, that goal would be the only SHU goal amid a 6-1 run favoring RMU across two quarters, 9-6.
Max Tuttle's goal at the 8:50 mark of the fourth quarter saw the visitors down just two but both teams went on to trade goals before a goal from Jake Boudreau and Tyson Gibson with under two minutes to go finalized play.
Tuttle was the Pioneers lead goal scorer earning two on the afternoon. The junior also provided an assist and picked up three ground balls.
Joe Saggese also put up three points in larger part to a pair of helpers. Saggese also added a ground ball.
Mike Calvagna won half of his faceoffs, as nine landed in SHU's possession.
Dutton stopped 10 RMU tries in goal as the only keeper for SHU.
- The Colonials are riding a three-game win streak over the Pioneers now tying the all-time clip, 7-7.
- The Colonials were ranked No. 17 in the Maverik Media Men's Division I Poll published by Inside Lacrosse Magazine Monday, their highest-ever ranking in a major poll.
- After beginning the season winning four of their first five, the Pioneers have now fell in their last three.
The NEC fight continues with Bryant visiting Campus Field for a try at SHU, Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m.