Delaware vs. Sacred Heart
April 5, 2003
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE -- Sacred Heart sophomore Robert Bielawski rifled a shot from 20 yards out into the top right side of the net just 25 seconds into the second overtime period as the Pioneers rallied from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to post a 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association men^Ys lacrosse victory over the University of Delaware Saturday night at Rullo Stadium.

Sacred Heart (5-4, 1-2 CAA) snapped a two-game losing streak as it rallied from a 9-6 deficit with just over seven minutes left to play to send the game into overtime. Eric Perez and and Chris Swier each scored two goals as the Pioneers downed the Hens for the second straight season.

Delaware suffered the heart-breaking loss as the Hens appeared to have the upper hand when Bob Meunier scored with 11:48 left in regulation to give UD a 9-6 lead. Meunier and Matt Alrich each scored twice for the Hens (5-6, 0-2 CAA) while freshman Xander Ritz scored one goal and dished out four assists. The Hens remained winless in two seasons of CAA play at 0-8. The Hens had won five straight overtime contests since a 17-16 double overtime setback at Penn State in 1996.

The Hens jumped out to a 6-2 lead midway through the second quarter as Ritz started a four goal run with a goal with 46 seconds left in the opening period and assisted on goals by Ryan Metzbower and Scott Evans for the 6-2 lead with 8:35 left.

But Sacred Heart got back under control and cut the lead to 6-4 heading into intermission as James Delmonico scored with 7:29 left before halftime and Perez closed the first half scoring with 5:38 remaining.

The Pioneers cut the lead to 7-6 heading into the final period as Daniel DeVoe and TJ Hutmacher sandwiched goals around one by Delaware^Ys Alrich during the third quarter. Alrich upped his team leading goal total to 25 and has now scored in all 11 games this season.

Delaware ran the lead up to three as Alrich scored off a feed from Ritz 2:21 into the final quarter and Meunier followed less than one minute later for the 9-6 lead. But Sacred Heart rallied as Perez scored with 7:15 left, Swier tallied off a feed from Ben Giamichael with 5:23 left, and Matthew Robideau followed with a solo goal just 22 seconds later to knot the score at 9-9.

Neither team scored the rest of regulation and neither could capitalize in the first overtime, which ended with Delaware^Ys Chris Collins (16 saves) stopping a mid-field shot by Paul Lyons just before the horn sounded. Sacred Heart won the faceoff to open the second overtime period and pulled out the win as Bielawski netted the game-winner.