Slow Start Dooms Men’s Lacrosse in 14-10 Loss at Mount St. Mary’s

Slow Start Dooms Men’s Lacrosse in 14-10 Loss at Mount St. Mary’s

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Mount St. Mary's jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team suffered a 14-10 setback from the Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A second straight conference loss drops the Pioneers to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in NEC play while the Mountaineers remain unbeaten at 3-0 in conference while improving to 6-5 overall in 2019.

Trying to dig out of a five-goal deficit early in the second quarter, SHU managed to get to within a 10-8 margin with 13:34 remaining but the sizeable early advantage was too much to overcome as the Mountaineers finished the victory in the fourth.

Six different Pioneers scored in the loss, led by Joe Saggese who pumped in three while Alex Weiss and Logan Liljeberg added two apiece. Joseph Cipoletti produced a stellar effort on the defensive end, scooping up a career-high eight ground balls while matching his career-high with five caused turnovers.

Mount St. Mary's 14 / Sacred Heart 10

Sacred Heart (5-5, 1-2 NEC) / Mount St. Mary's (6-5, 3-0 NEC)

Waldron Family Stadium / Emmitsburg, MD

First Quarter (4-0 MSM)

  • The Mountaineers seized complete control early on, scoring four unanswered goals in the opening quarter
  • SHU came up empty on all 10 of their possessions in the period as MSM goalkeeper Dylan Furnback turned aside all six of the Pioneers' shots-on-goal
  • Brendan Doyle led the Mountaineers' offensive attack, scoring twice in the quarter for MSM while Luke Frankeny scored one and assisted on another
  • The Pioneers were not without their chances as the Pioneers generated 12 shots in the frame compared to 13 for MSM

Second Quarter (6-2 MSM)

  • Another quarter dominated by both defensive units saw just four goals scored between the two sides
  • MSM added another just 1:56 into the frame to make it 5-0 for the home side before SHU finally ended their 19:10-minute long scoreless streak with an unassisted Liljeberg tally
  • Max Tuttle later scored with 4:27 left in the quarter but that was the end of the scoring in the half as the Mountaineers held a 6-2 lead heading into halftime
  • Furnback continued to dominate for MSM, posting another five saves in the quarter as he posted 11 of his 17 saves in the first half alone
  • SHU led in shots (13-11) and won the turnover battle (6-2) in the quarter but came up even with MSM in terms of goals scored 2-2

Third Quarter (10-6 MSM)

  • MSM built their lead back up to five as Brenden McCarthy completed his hat trick with 11:15 remaining in the third
  • SHU scored consecutive goals for the first time on the afternoon to generate some positive momentum as Weiss and Saggese each tallied an unassisted goal
  • However, the Mountaineers were quick to respond with back-to-back goals just 1:08 apart to make it 10-5 before Saggese added another to make it 10-6 heading into the fourth
  • SHU owned a commanding 6-3 lead in faceoff wins in the third but turnovers plagued the team in the third as the Pioneers committed nine of their 20 turnovers in the quarter alone while generating just eight shots in the frame

Fourth Quarter (14-10 MSM)

  • Facing a four-goal deficit heading into the final 15 minutes of play, SHU did just what they needed to do in their comeback attempt, scoring early in the frame as Weiss found the back of the net before Saggese netted his third with 13:34 remaining and the margin back down to just two
  • MSM took a timeout and scored a crucial goal just 1:02 later to make it 11-8 and push their advantage back up to three
  • A key five-plus minute span saw the Pioneers possess three different times and generate four shots but the pressure amounted to no goals and the Mountaineers took advantage with a strike from Chris DiPretoro to build their lead back up to 12-8
  • A last-gasp bid from the Pioneers saw SHU net two straight goals, first from Drew Edwards and followed by a strike from Jake Giaquinto as the lead was again cut down to two with 5:31 left
  • Following the two-goal spurt, SHU came up with two empty possessions before MSM put the game away with a Brendan Doyle strike with 2:50 remaining as the margin became too much to overcome down the stretch for the Pioneers


  • The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for SHU against the Mountaineers while the Pioneers fall to 4-9 all-time against MSM
  • Saggese pumped in three goals to move his team-leading goal total to 29 on the season while his 49 points in 2019 leads all NEC players
  • Saggese moves his multi-goal streak to four straight games as the redshirt senior attack has 13 goals and 19 points across the last four games for the Pioneers
  • Giaquinto stood out in the faceoff 'X' for the Pioneers, winning 15-of-27 draws while matching a season-high with seven ground balls
  • Giaquinto's 55.6 percent faceoff success rate set a new season-high for the junior midfielder
  • Liljeberg netted two goals as the sophomore now has 13 on the season while he upped his individual point streak to 25 straight games as he has tallied at least one point in all 25 games in which he has made an appearance to start his career
  • Weiss pumped in two goals for his fourth multi-goal game of the season
  • Max Tuttle added one goal and one assist to go along with five ground balls, upping his season total to 37 points (26 goals, 11 assists)
  • Brooks Dutton tallied 11 saves and two ground balls on the day as he increases his streak of double digit save totals to three straight games
  • Cipoletti's monster effort on the defensive end gives him the team-lead in both caused turnovers (23) and ground balls (41)

A pivotal game lies ahead for the Pioneers as SHU travels to take on consistent league power Bryant on Saturday, April 6 with the opening faceoff set for 12:00 PM. Both SHU and Bryant share a 1-2 NEC record halfway through league play and are in need of a win to keep their NEC Tournament hopes alive.