Men’s Lacrosse Erases Five-Goal Deficit, Scoring Emphatic 17-16 Victory at Providence

Men’s Lacrosse Erases Five-Goal Deficit, Scoring Emphatic 17-16 Victory at Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Trailing 10-5 at the half, the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team rallied and used a key 3-0 spurt over a 46 second span late in the fourth quarter to score a 17-16 come-from-behind victory over Providence on Saturday afternoon from Chapey Field. The much-needed victory snaps a two-game losing skid as the Pioneers move to 2-3 on the season while the Friars drop to 2-3 in 2019.

Trailing by five at the half and later by three with 10:48 remaining, SHU buckled down and came through with a clutch 6-2 run over the final 10:08 of play to score a key road win. Jaden Walcot netted the game-tying goal on an extra-man opportunity with 5:33 left before Logan Liljeberg netted the go-ahead goal and the ultimate game-winner in a span of just 10 seconds late in the fourth quarter which proved to be the difference.

With the clock ticking below a minute to play and the Pioneers clinging to a one-goal lead, Liljeberg forced a key Providence turnover that limited the Friars to a desperation shot from distance in the closing seconds as the Pioneer bench raced onto the field to celebrate a hard-fought one-goal road win. 

SCORE
Sacred Heart 17 / Providence 16

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (2-3) / Providence (2-3)

LOCATION
Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium / Providence, RI

First Half (10-5 PC)

  • Providence took the game to the Pioneers in the first half, leading 3-2 at the end of the first quarter before opening up for seven goals in the second quarter to own a 10-5 halftime lead
  • As bad as the first half went for SHU, it could've very easily been a larger gap to dig out of as junior goalkeeper Brooks Dutton kept his team in the game making 10 first half saves
  • The Friars jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals from Brendan Kearns before the Pioneer offense got going thanks to goals from Jake Giaquinto and Joe Saggese off a feed from Liljeberg
  • Saggese struck for his second goal of the first half early in the second quarter to tie the score at 3-3 but Providence rode a 7-2 run through the remainder of the frame
  • Providence benefitted from a 11-5 edge in face-off wins in the first half including a 7-3 disparity in the second quarter alone

Second Half (17-16 SHU)

  • In danger of losing a third straight game, the Pioneers came out with a purpose in the second half and quickly erased the five-goal deficit with a 5-0 run in the opening 5:22 of the third quarter
  • Spearheading the 5-0 run was a mammoth effort from Saggese as the redshirt senior attack either scored or assisted on four straight goals to start the second half
  • Saggese started with assists on goals from Jake Lindahl and Max Tuttle before finding the net with consecutive goals
  • Just 20 seconds after Saggese's second tally, Alex Weiss found the back of the net for the second time on the day coming off a feed from Tuttle to even the score at 10-10
  • After taking the brunt of the SHU pressure, Providence answered with a 4-1 run of their own to reclaim a 14-11 advantage with 10:48 remaining
  • It was over the ensuing 10:48 where SHU would win the game as a quick 3-0 spurt highlighted by goals from three different Pioneers (Connor O'Reilly, Weiss and Reed Avveduti) knotted the score at 14-14
  • After Tim Hinrichs found the back of the net to put Providence back ahead by one, SHU made the most of an EMO as Walcot struck for a key goal to make it 15-15
  • With the game in the balance and having struggled at the X all afternoon long, SHU called upon freshman Daniel Rodriguez who delivered a pair of massive faceoff wins that paved the way for back-to-back Liljeberg goals to put SHU ahead 17-15
  • The Friars made the Pioneers sweat out the finish thanks to a Kearns goal that made it 17-16 but the Pioneer defense held, benefitting from a huge Liljeberg caused turnover that cut a big chunk of time off the clock in the Providence comeback bid

NOTES

  • This five-goal comeback victory marks the largest deficit the Pioneers have overcome for a victory since April 8, 2014 when SHU trailed Holy Cross 11-3 with 16:41 remaining only to net nine straight goals including one in overtime to defeat the Crusaders 12-11 in Worcester
  • Saggese was all over the field, finishing with seven points on the strength of four goals and three assists to go along with three ground balls and one caused turnover
  • Saggese vaulted past his senior classmate Tuttle for second place on the all-time career points list in SHU's Division I history (since 2000-01), as he stands just one point shy of the all-time Division I record with 159 career points (98 goals, 61 assists)
  • After dishing out 22 and 21 assists in the last two seasons, respectively, Saggese already has 12 assists through five games in 2019
  • Saggese leads all Northeast Conference players with 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) this season
  • After struggling with three points over the last two games combined, Liljeberg stepped up when his team needed him the most and matched his season-high with five points (two goals, three assists) to go along with two ground balls and one caused turnover
  • Liljeberg joins Saggese and Tuttle with double digit point totals as the sophomore has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) on the season
  • Dutton's effort in the cage was outstanding as he matched his career-high with 17 saves while adding a team-leading seven ground balls
  • For Dutton, he ups his double digit save streak to four games while he's owned a 50+ save percentage in consecutive games for the first time this season
  • Dutton picked up career win No. 17 as he continues to lower the gap between him and Art DeGaetano's all-time SHU wins record which stands at 21
  • Weiss notched his first career hat trick as the sophomore more than doubled his career goal total heading into today with his three goals on the afternoon
  • Giaquinto returned to his usual spot at the X after missing the last two games due to injury and finished 8-for-20 (40 percent)
  • Avveduti scored twice for his second multi-goal game of the season as well as his second consecutive multi-point game
  • O'Reilly continued his breakthrough senior year as he notched a pair of goals for his second multi-goal game of the season
  • Coming into his senior year with just seven career points, O'Reilly has already compiled eight points (five goals, three assists) through five games thus far in 2019
  • Tuttle continues to be the key player on every team's scouting report as the senior midfielder managed just two points (one goal, one assist) amidst consistent defensive pressure
  • Nine different Pioneers scored at least one goal on the afternoon while SHU has 15 different players with at least one goal on the season and nine different Pioneers have at least four goals in 2019

NEXT GAME
SHU has the benefit of a week to prepare for its next game on Saturday, March 9 at Manhattan. The game is set to begin at 3:30 PM.