Sacred Heart Wins Battle of Runs

Sacred Heart wins Battle of Runs, 12-10. The Long Island University Sharks (0-1) traveled north to take on the Sacred Heart Patriots on Wednesday afternoon. The Patriots had to overcome a furious rally and a 21 save effort for Sharks sophomore netminder, Will Mark.

Conor Sullivan (3g) got SHU on the board after 3:49. LIU shrugged it off with markers from Richie Lacalandria (3g,2a) and Will Snelders (1g,1a), and with 9:17 remaining, the Sharks were circling. Sacred Heart punched them in the snout and temporarily seized control with a seven-goal rally over parts of two quarters.

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The festivities kicked off with a pair from Logan Liljeberg (3g,2a) and a single from Morgan O’Reilly (1g) all three goals came in just over two and a half minutes. The volley closed the curtain on the first stanza with the home team up, 4-2. The second started slowly with both defenses standing tall. Finally, Trevor Johnson (1g), Drew Edwards (1g), Liljeberg setting up Sal Miccio (1g), and Liljeberg hitting rope to take the run to seven and an 8-2 lead.

The Sharks went to shallow water and ripped their own run furnished by Dan Foley (1g), LaCalandra, and Lacalandra hitting Nick Grassa (1g) in stride to end the half with a battle at 8-5. The scoring pace slowed in the third with only three goals. Lacalandra and Sullivan counter punched but Lacalandra set up Jake Gillis (3g) for his first of three in the half. Gillis and Sylan Villari (1g) got things even at 9-9.

Gillis added another and the LIU comeback led to a 10-9 lead with 8:17 to play. The Sharks took another hit in the nose and could not recover this time. Donovan Lacey (1g) knotted it up before Sullivan gave The Patriots the lead again at 11–10. LIU kept battling but couldn’t get the equalizer and Jake Gare (1g) ended the drama with :30 left and Sacred Heart secured its first victory of 2021. Colton King was also strong in the Patriots net with 15 saves. Sacred Heart wins Battle of Runs, 12-10.

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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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