Men’s Lacrosse Drops Home Opener to Boston Univ., 16-11

Men’s Lacrosse Drops Home Opener to Boston Univ., 16-11

PHOTOS (courtesy of Steve McLaughlin)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Playing at home for the first time in 2019, the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team suffered a 16-11 loss at the hands of Boston University on Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers drop to 1-2 on the season with the loss while the Terriers jump to 3-1. 

SCORE
Boston Univ. 16 / Sacred Heart 11

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (1-2) / Boston Univ. (3-1)

LOCATION
Campus Field / Fairfield, CT

First Half (12-4 BU)

  • The Pioneers jumped out to an early lead as senior defender Landon Kramer picked up a ground ball, ran in on the cage and fired one past Terrier goalkeeper Joe McSorley
  • Later in the first quarter, Max Tuttle scored his first of the day to even the score at 2-2 and followed with a dish to Joe Saggese to again tie the score at 3-3
  • Despite the initial back-and-forth play, the game was decided over the next 15+ minutes as Boston Univ. rattled off a 9-0 run to build a 12-3 lead with 4:10 remaining in the second quarter
  • Chris Gray for the Terriers was all over the field, scoring twice and assisting on three more to account for five of the nine goals for Boston Univ. in the 9-0 scoring spree

Second Half (16-11 BU)

  • Trailing by eight to start the second half, the Terriers sealed the win, scoring three of the first four goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 15-5 lead midway through the third quarter
  • SHU strung together some steady offense in the second half, outscoring the Terriers 6-1 over the final 16:52 of play
  • Saggese completed his hat trick with a man-down goal early in the fourth quarter while Jaden Walcot notched the first hat trick of his career with a man-up goal late in the fourth

NOTES

  • Tuttle led the way offensively for the Pioneers, finishing the day with four points on two goal and two assists to go along with five ground balls
  • Saggese (three goals) recorded his second hat trick through three games in 2019
  • After posting six goals through 10 games last season, Walcot already has four tallies through three games in 2019
  • Joseph Cipoletti led the Pioneer defensively, racking up six ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers to go along with two assists
  • The two-assist game marked the first career multi-point game for the senior Cipoletti
  • Brooks Dutton made 11 saves in the cage for the Pioneers
  • Shots were even 42-42 between the two sides while SHU won the turnover battle 24-16
  • The Terriers owned a commanding 22-7 lead in the game in faceoff wins

NEXT GAME
The Pioneers renew a series against literal crosstown foe Fairfield on Saturday afternoon with play set to begin at 1 PM. SHU is 2-1 all-time against the Stags but these two sides haven't faced one another since the 2005 season.