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.
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.