Pioneers Make it Back-to-Back with Win at Manhattan

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan took a 2-0 advantage into the second quarter but were outscored 11-4 the rest of the way in an 11-6 defeat to Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon.

On a beautiful day at Gaelic Park, the Jaspers (0-7) came out of the gates ready to play but cooled off midway through the third quarter, allowing the Pioneers (3-2) to take control late.

A game of conversions, Manhattan held a large advantage over Sacred Heart in total shots (43-28), but was 0-7 in extra- man opportunities while the Pioneers were 2-5.

Opening the game with the first two scores, Manhattan took the first lead when freshman attacker Marcel Godino (Summit, N.J./Summit) beat Pioneers' goalkeeper Zach Frank to make it 1-0 Jaspers at the 12:47 mark of the period. Building on their slight edge, senior attacker Justin Jensen (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) finished on a pass from freshman attacker Paul Grubb (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) to give Manhattan a 2-0 advantage with 4:58 left in the first.

Waking up in the second quarter, the Pioneers' responded with five-straight goals in a 10-minute span, including two from attacker Mike Mawdlsey, to take a 5-2 lead with 3:08 left in the first half. Manhattan would get one back at the 1:45 mark when Jensen added his second score to cut the deficit to 5-3 at the break.

Scoring out of intermission, the Jaspers would make it 5-4 Sacred Heart after sophomore attacker Jon Crean (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) netted an unassisted tally at the 12:55 mark of the third. The Pioneers then quickly countered with the next two goals to expand their lead to 7-4 at 7:03 of the period before Manhattan would make one more run.

Ending the third with an upswing of momentum the Jaspers would get goals from Kelly Mahon (Spring Lake, N.J./Manasquan) and Brett Miranda (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) to trim the Pioneers' lead to 7-6 heading into the final quarter. However, the fourth would belong to Sacred Heart as they would pad their lead with four-consecutive goals to record the 11-6 victory.

In the Cage, Frank recorded 12 saves t0 pick up the victory. For Manhattan, freshman Rich Akapnitis (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) made seven saves in the defeat.

The Jaspers will return to action Wednesday, when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to battle Wagner College. Opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. (March 12, 2011) Sacred Heart University won its second straight game with an 11-6 road victory at Manhattan, Saturday afternoon. Freshman attack Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) tallied his second hat trick of the season to help the Pioneers improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Jaspers fell to 0-7.

Manhattan led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter, getting goals from freshman midfielder Marcel Godino and senior attack Justin Jensen.

In the second quarter, Sacred Heart ran up five unanswered goals until Jensen netted his second of the game to cut the Pioneer lead to 5-3 at the half. For SHU, junior midfielder Aaron Lupo (Schenectady, N.Y.) and Mawdsley scored each scored twice in the frame, while junior attack Matt King (Brewster, N.Y.) added his third goal of the season.

Early in the third, Jasper xxx Jon Crean trimmed the lead to one, but Sacred Heart junior midfielder Matt Ferrino (Orchard Park, N.Y.) responded with a man-up goal only 42 seconds later. Midway through the stanza, freshman attack Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) registered the eventual game-winner with his fourth goal of his rookie season.

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