Joe Saggese Becomes All-Time Points Leader, Leads Men’s Lacrosse to 17-9 Win over Binghamton

Joe Saggese Becomes All-Time Points Leader, Leads Men’s Lacrosse to 17-9 Win over Binghamton

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart men's lacrosse redshirt senior Joe Saggese pumped in a career-high eight points, on the strength of three goals and five assists, to lead the Pioneers to a convincing 17-9 win over Binghamton on Tuesday afternoon from Campus Field. The Pioneers move to 8-5 on the season, finishing the 2019 season with a 3-3 home record, while the Bearcats drop to 0-11 in 2019.

Needing six points coming into today to break the record, Saggese made his mark late in the second half as he either scored or assisted on five straight Pioneer goals to turn what was just a two-goal margin into a dominating eight-goal win for SHU. Saggese's career-best eight-point performance moves him past Dave Root '96 (194 career points) for the all-time program record as Saggese now has 197 points (121 goals, 76 assists) in his four-year career. In addition, Saggese also moves into first place on the SHU Div. I single-season points record as he now has 66 (39 goals, 27 assists) through 13 games this season, passing the record previously held by teammate Max Tuttle (64 points in 2018).

This victory also signals the first-ever win for the Pioneers over the Bearcats as SHU had gone winless in their first three all-time meetings against Binghamton. This also moves SHU to 3-0 in games played against the America East this season, combined with road victories over Stony Brook (12-11 OT, March 5th) and Hartford (16-12, March 9th).

Sacred Heart 17 / Binghamton 9

Sacred Heart (8-5, 3-2 NEC) / Binghamton (0-11, 0-4 America East)

Campus Field / Fairfield, Conn.

First Quarter (3-3 Tied)

  • The senior tandem of Tuttle and Saggese were involved right from the jump as the duo each notched an unassisted tally to make it 2-0 just 1:53 into play
  • Binghamton fought off the initial SHU surge with three of the next four goals to knot the score at 3-3 at the end of the quarter
  • Bearcat goalkeeper Kevin Carbone did his best to limit the SHU offense, posting five saves and allowing just one goal over the final 13+ minutes of the first
  • Drew Edwards scored the other Pioneer goal in the quarter

Second Quarter (9-6 SHU)

  • A key 4-0 SHU run to start the quarter helped put some distance between the two sides
  • Connor O'Reilly started the run with consecutive unassisted markers while Tuttle followed with his second of the day and Logan Liljeberg rifled home a backhanded shot from distance to make it 7-3
  • The two sides traded goals over the remaining six-plus minutes of play in the first half as the score read 9-6 Pioneers at halftime
  • Shots swayed heavily in favor of SHU in the quarter, 15-7, but Carbone made another five stops to keep the margin at just three

Third Quarter (13-7 SHU)

  • The Bearcats scored first in the third quarter with a T.J. Tiernan marker 1:03 into the quarter but the Pioneers went on a crucial 4-0 run to end the third which extended into an 8-1 run that lasted deep into the fourth quarter
  • Saggese put his mark on this game with a tremendous run as he either scored or assisted on five straight SHU goals starting with a dish to Tuttle with 11:59 remaining in the third to build the Pioneer lead back up to three
  • Saggese then found Reed Avveduti on an extra-man opportunity, scored off a great feed from Tuttle at the far post and later dished to James Rice, who's first career goal made it 13-7 SHU
  • Saggese's goal with 9:23 left in the quarter was his 195th career point, officially moving him past Dave Root '96 for first place on the all-time SHU career points list

Fourth Quarter (17-9 SHU)

  • Binghamton scored an EMO goal with 13:36 remaining, breaking up the run of four unanswered Pioneer goals
  • That momentum for the Bearcats, however, was quickly snuffed out with three SHU goals over a span of 3:12 that put the margin at eight and helped seal the victory
  • Saggese completed his hat trick and set a career-best with his eighth point of the day as he scored an unassisted tally with 12:19 remaining
  • Alex Weiss and Jaden Walcot followed with a pair of goals and Liljeberg later spun around two Binghamton defenders to complete the scoring for the Pioneers


  • SHU recorded their eighth win of the season which is tied for the second-highest single-season win total in the program's Div. I era (since 2000)
  • The Pioneers are just one win away from matching the program's Div. I record nine-win 2017 campaign
  • Prior to 2017, the Pioneers had won eight games in a season just once and it came back in the 2001 season
  • Since 2017, SHU owns an overall mark of 24-19 and has posted a winning record in two of the last three seasons, something the program had accomplished just once in the first 17 seasons since joining the NCAA Div. I ranks
  • After a disappointing 1-3 record in February, the Pioneers are 7-2 since the start of March and up their current win streak to three
  • Saggese's eight points best a previous career-high of seven which he had accomplished four times including three times this season
  • Saggese's five assists set a new career-high while he registered a hat trick for the eighth time in 2019
  • Saggese now has 66 points (39 goals, 27 assists), the most-ever by a SHU player while his 39 goals are the fifth-highest single-season total in program history while the 27 assists rank fourth all-time
  • Tuttle racked up four points (three goals, one assist) to give him 34 goals for the season and 129 for his career, moving him into a tie with Stephen Grabow '03 for first place on the SHU all-time goal scoring record list
  • Tuttle fired 11 shots, giving him four straight games with double-digit shot totals
  • Brooks Dutton made seven saves and allowed just eight goals before being lifted late in the fourth quarter
  • Dutton's eighth win of the season gives him 23 victories for his career, moving him just two behind Matt McGreevy '98 (25 wins) for the all-time SHU wins record
  • Joseph Cipoletti was tremendous on the defending end, setting a new career-high with seven caused turnovers and matching his career-high with eight ground balls
  • Cipoletti's seven caused turnovers are the second-highest single-game total in program history, sitting one behind Ryan O'Donoghue's eight from a game against Lafayette on Feb. 12, 2016
  • Cipoletti leads the team in both caused turnovers (36) and ground balls (57) as his 36 caused turnovers already rank as the second-highest single-season total in program history
  • Giaquinto was solid in the faceoff 'X', going 13-for-25 on the day while scooping up a season-high nine ground balls
  • O'Reilly continues to excel in his breakout senior season, recording three goals for his third hat trick of the season
  • O'Reilly now has 20 goals and five assists on the season, an incredible total considering he notched seven points combined over his first three seasons on the team
  • Liljeberg extended his career point streak to 28 straight games as he posted a great all-around effort with two goals, two ground balls and two caused turnovers
  • Liljeberg has notched at least one point in every game he has played throughout his two-year career
  • Conor Sullivan put forth a career-game on the defensive end, notching a pair of career-highs with five ground balls and three caused turnovers
  • These two sides were meeting for the first time since the 2014 season as SHU recorded their first-ever win in four attempts against the Bearcats
  • Following a 3-3 deadlock after the first quarter, SHU outscored Binghamton 14-6 and racked up massive advantages in shots (45-16), faceoff wins (13-8), ground balls (37-17) and won the turnover battle 18-11

The Pioneers head to Wagner next Saturday to finish up regular season and NEC play against the Seawolves. A win over Wagner would clinch a 2019 NEC Tournament spot for the Pioneers.