AMHERST, Mass. – Following a pair of road wins over America East foes, the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team earned the No. 5 spot in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Week 3 Poll, as announced by the committee on Monday afternoon.
|2019 NEILA Week 3 Poll|
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The Pioneers (4-3) are winners of three straight road games and featured one of the top scoring offenses in the country, averaging 13.57 goals per game to rank 12th in the nation and second in the NEC. SHU heads into the start of NEC play on Saturday having defeated Providence (17-16), Stony Brook (12-11 in OT) and Hartford (16-12), all on the road.
Fresh off his NEC Player of the Week honor, senior midfielder Max Tuttle is finding his form as he has 10 goals and 11 points across the last two games. Netting a pair of five-goal games in wins over Stony Brook and Hartford, Tuttle sits fourth in the NEC in points per game (4.29) while leading the NEC in man-up goals (three). Just three points away from becoming SHU's all-time leader in career points, Tuttle has 30 on the season (21 goals, nine assists) and 170 for his four-year career.
Leading the team in points is Joe Saggese who shares the team-lead with Tuttle in goals with 21 on the season while adding an NEC-best 15 assists in 2019 to give him 36 points through seven games in 2019. Saggese has finished with at least five points in five-of-seven games this season while he's coming off a six-point effort (five goals, one assist) in Saturday's 16-12 road win at Hartford. He currently ranks 14th in the nation in points per game (5.14), 18th in goals per game (3.00) and 23rd in assists per game (2.14).
On the defensive end, the Pioneers rank sixth in the nation with 11.29 caused turnovers per game as well as 10th in the nation in ground balls per game (36.29). Senior Landon Kramer leads the defensive unit with the third-highest caused turnovers per game average (2.83) in the nation as he has 17 through six appearances in 2019.
The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday with a Noon start at home against the preseason NEC favorite Robert Morris.