AMHERST, Mass. – Following a thrilling comeback win at Providence on Saturday, the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team earned the No. 6 spot in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Week 2 Poll, as announced by the committee on Monday afternoon.
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The Pioneers (2-3) feature one of the top scoring offenses in the country, averaging 13.40 goals per game, SHU sits 14th out of 69 teams. SHU has hit double figure goal totals in all five games thus far in 2019 and feature one of the highest-scoring duos in the country in Joe Saggese and Max Tuttle.
Fresh off his NEC Co-Player of the Week honor yesterday, Saggese leads the team and NEC in points (28) and goals (16) while also sitting second in assists (12). In terms of a national ranking, Saggese sits 10th in points per game (5.60), 22nd in goals per game (3.20) and 13th in assists per game (2.40). He matched his career-high with seven points (four goals, three assists) in Saturday's 17-16 comeback win at Providence. Saggese (159 career points; 98-61-159) is also on the cusp of history as the redshirt senior is just two points away from becoming the all-time leader in SHU Division I history (since 2000) in career points and only two goals away from becoming the fifth player in program history to record 100 career goals.
The second half of the dynamic duo leading the high-octane SHU offensive attack is Tuttle who has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) on the season. Tuttle ranks Top 100 in the nation in points, goals and assists per game while he ranks third on the team with 21 ground balls. A prolific scorer throughout his career, Tuttle (158 career points; 106-52-158) is just one point behind Saggese in terms of career points and already joined the 100-goal club earlier this season.
On the defensive end, the Pioneers rank Top 5 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (12.00) and ground balls per game (38.60). The senior tandem of Joseph Cipoletti (24 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers) and Landon Kramer (11 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers) led the way as both rank Top 10 in the nation in caused turnovers per game.
Brooks Dutton has been solid with a .485 save percentage and 63 total saves through five games, ranking 17th in the nation with 12.6 saves per game. He most-recently matched his career-high with 17 saves in a comeback win at Providence on Saturday.
The Pioneers are back in action today with a 3 PM start at reigning Co-America East Regular Season Champion Stony Brook.