Sacred Heart Hangs on for One-Goal Win at Hobart

GENEVA, N.Y.-Sacred Heart senior goalie Ryan Hughes made the last of his 10 saves as the final buzzer sounded, preserving a 10-9 Northeast Conference lacrosse victory over Hobart at Boswell Field this afternoon. Both teams are now 3-7 overall, while the Pioneers improve to 2-1 in league play with the Statesmen slipping to 2-2.

Hobart got a game-high four goals from senior attackman Jake McHenry, matching his career-high. Sophomore attackman Matt Opsahl added two goals and an assist. The Statesmen dominated the faceoff X thanks to first-year Jake Shapiro, who won 15 of 21 and picked up a game and season-high eight ground balls.

Sacred Heart senior midfielder Alex Miller produced a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Senior attackman Matt Gannon, senior attackman Mike Mawdsley, and first-year midfielder Bryce Jurk each scored twice. Senior defenseman Andrew Newbold logged a game-high three caused turnovers.

Hobart found itself in a 10-6 hole after Jurk scored off an assist from junior midfielder Thomas Diplacido with 1:50 left in the third quarter. Shapiro won the ensuing faceoff leading to McHenry's final tally of the day, his team-leading 20th of the season assisted by junior midfielder Brendan Saylor, making it a 10-7 game heading into the final quarter.

The Statesmen hit the cross bar just over a minute into the fourth frame, had three other shots blocked by the defense, and a fifth shot saved by Hughes before senior attackman Cam Stone finally broke through. He ran past his defender in the right alley and hit the net with a low shot inside the far post to make it 10-8 with 5:28 to go. Two minutes later, junior midfielder Zach Reed scored on a similar shot to get Hobart within one.

The Statesmen got two shots off in the final 30 seconds that could have tied the game, but the first passed just over the crossbar and the second a low, rip from 15 yards out was stopped by Hughes as time expired.

Hobart got off to a great start this afternoon, jumping out to a 4-1 lead by the 11:32 mark of the second quarter. McHenry opened the scoring with a shot that ricocheted off Hughes, hit the post, bounced off of Hughes' back, and landed in the cage. After Miller scored to tie the game, the Statesmen got consecutive goals from Saylor, McHenry, and Opsahl.

The Pioneers seized control of the game by scoring seven of the next eight goals. Mawdsley and Gannon both scored twice during the surge with Miller handing out a pair of assists, including the helper on the first half's final goal (scored by Gannon) with three seconds left that gave SHU a 6-5 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Sacred Heart kept the momentum in its favor with Miller and first-year midfielder Brian Masi scoring in the first four minutes for an 8-5 lead. Opsahl scored his 14th of the year at 9:41, but Miller (his team-high 16th) and Jurk answered to set the stage for Hobart's ill-fated comeback.

The Statesmen will make their final road trip of the season, visiting NEC rival Wagner College (2-7, 0-2) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11. The Pioneers play again on Tuesday, April 8, visiting Holy Cross (3-8) for a non-conference game that begins at 7:00 p.m.

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GENEVA, N.Y. Sacred Heart used a 7-1 run to take a 10-6 lead in the third quarter over the Hobart Statesmen Saturday at Boswell Field, but had to hold on for a 10-9 win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the lacrosse field.

Alex Miller (Ridgewood, N.J.) led all players with a season-high six points, recording three goals and three assists. Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.), Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.), and Bryce Jurk (Burlington, Ont.) each had two goals in the game. Gannon had three points, as did Brian Masi (Smithtown, N.Y.) on a goal and two assists. Andrew Newbold (Loveland, Ohio) led Sacred Heart with five groundballs as Jared Carrier (Crownsville, Md.) added three. Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) made nine saves in goal.

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