(Photo James Dillon/Sacred Heart Athletics)
Less than 24 hours after Delaware defeated Saint Joseph’s 16-13 in a Tuesday night NEC vs CAA thriller, two NEC squads, Sacred Heart and LIU, gave us another suspense-filled midweek contest. The game counted as a non-conference game.
After a pretty back-and-forth start, the Sacred Heart Pioneers caught fire. From the 3:21 mark in the first through the 3:33 mark in the second the Pioneers seven unanswered goals. Logan Liljeberg, who led the game with five points (3G/2A), simply took the reigns of the Pioneers’ offense during that run. He scored the first two and the final goal of the run and assisted on two others.
Liljeberg may have been able to help the Pioneers get hot and push out to a commanding 8-2 lead with 3:33 left in the first half, but when the script flipped it seemed nobody could stop the LIU Sharks who kept gaining possession after possession, in part to Emerson Tyler going 19-for-25 (76%) at the dot for the game and Will Mark recording a program-record 21 saves.
A Dylan Foley goal got the Sharks offense going again with 3:15 in the second and they wouldn’t slow down much at all the reminder of the contest. LIU rattled off four unanswered through the 14:19 mark in the third and another four unanswered from 4:05 in the third through the 8:17 mark in the fourth, outscoring Sacred Heart 8-4 in the final 33:15 of the contest.
Richie Lacandra (3G/2A) and Jake Gillis (3G/1A) each recorded two goals during that run. Gillis tallied the final goal of the game for the Sharks, giving them a 10-9 lead with 8:17 left in the game. However, despite all the momentum appearing to be on the Sharks’ side, they couldn’t escape their woes (24 as a team) and Sacred Heart was able to bite hard in the end and pull away.
Donovan Lacey, Conor Sullivan, and Jake Garb scored the final three of the contest for the Pioneers to help finish things off and secure the 12-10 victory.
Towson 11, Mount St. Mary’s 5
Led by a five-point (2G/3A) performance from James Avanzato and a career-best 18-save game from Shane Brennan, the Towson Tigers were able to run past in-State foe Mount St. Mary’s on the road Wednesday night.
Jake Krieger had two goals and Sam Stephan went 12-for-20 (60%) at the faceoff dot to lead Mount St. Mary’s.
Towson started fairly strong, taking a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. And while Mount St. Mary’s was able to keep things fairly tight through the second, only trailing 6-4 at the half, Towson found their rhythm in the third and stepped on the gas. The Tigers outscored the Mountaineers 5-1 in the final two-quarters of play to finish strong and take home the 11-5 victory.