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Previewing Sacred Heart’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

With some talent on offense, the Pioneers look to be the team that comes out of the NEC with the conference’s automatic qualifier.

Steve McLaughlin

The Sacred Heart Pioneers are the 29th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the second team from the NEC. The Pioneers finished 7-8 in 2018 and 3-3 in NEC play. Sacred Heart lost to Saint Joseph’s in the NEC semifinals.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Sacred Heart’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
2/9 Sacred Heart Georgetown First ever meeting
2/16 Sacred Heart Furman At Radnor HS (Radnor, PA)
2/19 Boston University Sacred Heart First ever meeting
2/23 Fairfield Sacred Heart First meeting since 2005
3/2 Sacred Heart Providence
3/5 Sacred Heart Stony Brook
3/9 Sacred Heart Hartford
3/16 Robert Morris Sacred Heart NEC
3/23 Hobart Sacred Heart NEC
3/30 Sacred Heart Mount St. Mary's NEC
4/6 Sacred Heart Bryant NEC
4/13 Saint Joseph's Sacred Heart NEC
4/16 Binghamton Sacred Heart First meeting since 2014
4/27 Sacred Heart Wagner NEC

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .425
  • Nonconference: .379
  • NEC: .486

Circle These Dates

  • 2/9 (at Georgetown): The Hoyas enjoyed a fun run last year that consisted of a Big East title and a near upset of Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament. They had a similar run in 2015, but failed to qualify for the tourney and ended up under .500 for the next two seasons. Kevin Warne will look to sustain the success into 2019, with a new goaltender having to stop Joe Saggese and Max Tuttle.
  • 2/19 (vs. Boston University): BU may have found their groove after starting up their program in 2014. Entering their sixth season, the Terriers have emerged as a good program that has made noise in the past and will continue to do so with Chris Gray on offense. Loyola and Lehigh have received plenty of attention this offseason, but BU will look to disrupt that in the Patriot League.
  • 2/23 (vs. Fairfield): It’s weird that these two teams, separated by only five miles, have met only three times ever, with the last coming in 2005. The two teams met in 1993 and in 1994 and split those two home-and-home meetings before the Pioneers won the most recent meeting in Boca Raton. It makes sense for these two teams to play each other in a regular season game.
  • 4/6 (at Bryant): Mike Pressler’s Bulldogs have always been at or near the top of the NEC for the past few years and look like that will continue in 2019. But Sacred Heart also has eyes on the conference crown, and this matchup could decide who hosts the NEC Tournament as well as possible seeding.
  • 4/13 (vs. Saint Joseph’s): Will the Hawks stay talented with the losses of many of their key contributors from a year ago? It looked as if St. Joe’s would win the NEC with the return of Mike Rastivo, but fell in overtime against Robert Morris. Now they’ll have to do it with Mike Adler in goal and Shane Fable being one of their big returners at attack.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.