FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart men's lacrosse senior midfielder Max Tuttle was named the Northeast Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Tuttle earns his first NEC Player of the Week of the season and the fourth of his illustrious career. This honor comes following a landmark weekend for Tuttle and the SHU men's lacrosse program as the Pioneers started Saturday with a 16-12 comeback win over in-state rival Hartford and followed with a record-breaking three Pioneers selected in the 2019 Major League Lacrosse Draft. Tuttle was among the selections as the SHU Div. I career points leader went in the first round, sixth overall to the reigning MLL Champion Denver Outlaws.
The weekly recognition comes after Tuttle erupted for 11 points and 10 goals in a 2-0 week for the Pioneers. Tuttle started with a five-goal outburst in a 12-11 OT road victory at America East power Stony Brook on Tuesday afternoon. He made program history in the win, passing Stephen Grabow '03 for the SHU Division I career points record. In addition, his OT game-winning goal was quite the highlight reel moment as he put home a diving backhanded winner. Click on the tweet below for full video.
MUST SEE VIDEO: Max Tuttle's crease dive score with 7.1 seconds left in overtime, his 5th goal of the game, lifted @SHUmenslax to a 12-11 win at @StonyBrookMLAX (video courtesy Stony Brook & @lisportsnews) https://t.co/ip2x5R1BoQ— Lax Sports Network (@LaxSportsNet) March 6, 2019
Tuttle then with teammate Joe Saggese for a game-high six points (five goals, one assist) as the pairing led the Pioneers to a come-from-behind road victory over the Hawks on Saturday afternoon. Tuttle notched all six points after his team went down 9-5 with 2:02 remaining in the first half.
After facing the four-goal deficit, Tuttle scored five of the six goals as the Pioneers rode a 6-1 run that gave SHU a 12-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With his team owning a slim 13-12 lead with less than two minutes remaining, Tuttle dished out a crucial assist for an Alex Weiss goal that gave the Pioneers a two-goal cushion before icing away the four-goal win. Tuttle finished with at least five goals in a game for the eighth time in his career while he also shared the team-lead with five ground balls on the afternoon in leading SHU to a third straight road victory.
Tuttle and the Pioneers return to action on Saturday with the start of NEC play as SHU welcomes preseason favorite Robert Morris for a 12 PM start from Campus Field.