March 6, 2012

Sacred Heart Busts Slump, Upends No. 15 Yale

from press release

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team fell behind #15 ranked Yale 7-2 in the second quarter but stormed back with a 10-1 run on their way to a 13-12 upset win over the Bulldogs at Reese Stadium Tuesday night.  Sophomore Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ontario) led the charge with a career-high five goals to lead the Pioneers to their first win in 2012.

SHU came in having lost their first three games by a combined five goals including a season-opening defeat at the hands of a ranked Hofstra team. The Pioneers were out shot 42-27 Tuesday night but were able to capitalize on their six man-up opportunities with three goals.

The Pioneers jumped in front off the opening draw as junior Matt King (Brewster, N.Y.) scored his first of the season, unassisted, just 1:02 into play. Junior Stephen Kontos (Danvers, Mass.) won the ensuing face-off but a SHU turnover led to Yale's first tally, a Matt Miller unassisted goal at 12:16.

The Bulldogs made it 2-1 just under the nine minute mark as Brandon Mangan notched his seventh of the season. Mangan notched another at 3:47, burying a feed from Matt Gibson for a 3-1 lead.

SHU took the opening face-off of the second quarter and got a man-up opportunity 41 seconds in on a Yale offside penalty.  The Pioneers cut the lead to 3-2 on the extra man attack as senior Matt Ferrino (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored man-up off a feed from Shane Foley (South Brunswick, NJ).

Yale got on a roll off the Pioneers score and rang-up four-straight in the span of 4:12.  Mangan tacked on his third of the night and Ryan McCarthy buried a man-up opportunity to cap the rally at 9:56.  The Pioneers got their offense back on track after a Ryan Hughes save, scoring twice in the 27 seconds.  Mawdsley scored his first of the season and senior Parker Wilson (Cary, N.C.) followed up of the ensuing face-off to cut it to 7-4 with 7:45 to play in the half.

The Pioneers matched the Bulldog run as Mawdsley buried his second off a Yale turnover, converting a  sophomore Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) feed at 5:49.  Hughes's sixth save of the half led to the Pioneers fourth-straight goal at 4:25 as Ferrino hit for his second of the night from Foley, cutting it to 7-6.  SHU exploded for two more goals in the final 1:36.  Ferrino notched a man-up goal 19 seconds into a cross checking penalty and Mawdsley just beat the halftime horn with his third of the night to give SHU a six-goal run and an 8-7 lead into the break.

The Bulldogs got a man-up opportunity to open the second half but failed to convert before Conrad Oberbeck pulled his team even at 8-8 off a pass from Miller at 12:54.  The Pioneers went to Mawdsley and he delivered his fourth, second from Gannon, at 9:34 to go up 9-8. SHU won the draw and the two hooked-up again for a third time 1:29 later for Mawdsley's fifth, a new career high.

The SHU lead hit 11-8 as King scored the Pioneer's third man-up goal of the night off a pass from Ferrino at 6:53.  King made it 12-8 heading into the fourth as he tacked on his third with 50 seconds left in the quarter.  Yale's Greg Mahoney pulled his team within three, 12-9, with his sixth goal of the season at 12:02.  The Bulldogs inched closer at 8:33, pulling to within 12-10 on a Mark Doborsky from Michael McComack goal.

The Pioneers answered right back off the stick of sophomore Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) who converted a Gannon pass at 5:15 for his fourth assist of the night and a 13-10 lead.  The Bulldogs made a late push with scores by Miller and Mahoney at 2:40 and with 48 seconds left but SHU took the final face-off and turned over the Bulldogs before they could attempt a final shot to tie. 

The Pioneers had to fend off 18 fourth quarter shots by Yale to preserve the win.  Hughes, in his second-straight start, turned away 12 shots on the night to earn his first collegiate win. 

Mawdsley has posted nine of his team-high 11 goals in the last two games against Yale and Dartmouth.


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