March 16, 2010

Suits Caps Hobart's Comeback Victory

from press release

GENEVA, N.Y.—Senior Mike Suits scored with 2:07 remaining and the Hobart lacrosse team’s defense pitched a second half shutout to lift Hobart to a 6-5 win over Binghamton at McCooey Field this afternoon.

Sophomore Bobby Dattilo made sure the Statesmen (2-2) had plenty of possession time, winning 14 of 15 faceoffs and collecting a game-high seven ground balls.

The defense, backstopped by senior Max Silberlicht, held the Bearcats (2-5) scoreless over the final 37:38 allowing the offense to erase a two-goal halftime deficit. Silberlicht made 11 saves, including BU’s final look at the cage with 1 second remaining in regulation.

The Statesmen also limited Binghamton’s leading scorer, first-year Matt Springer, to just a single assist. He came into the game ranked 16th in the nation in goals per game (2.38).

Senior Kevin Curtin, sophomore Chris Pedersen, and junior Alex Caton paced Hobart with two points apiece.

First-year Tyler Perrelle led the Bearcats with a goal and an assist.

Curtin extended his points streak to 18 games with the first goal of the afternoon 1:18 into the game. Caton capitalized on a BU turnover near midfield, scooping up a ground ball, charging into the attack zone, and feeding Curtin.

Doug Shiver's first quarter goal was waived off on a crease violation.
Perrelle tied the score at the 9:44 mark, taking a pass from senior Jeff Rurey. Junior David Raleigh gave Binghamton a 2-1 lead with 4:12 left in the first frame, taking a ground ball coast-to-coast for his third goal of the year.

Hobart reclaimed the lead with back-to-back goals to close out the first quarter scoring. Sophomore Derek Akner potted the first thanks to an assist by Pedersen. Senior Mike Lazore fired home his fourth of the year on a bounce shot with 52 seconds to go.

The second quarter belonged to the Bearcats. Perrelle tied the game three minutes in and, just over two minutes later, junior Frank Donlon scored his ninth of the year to put Binghamton in front. Sophomore Ben Waldron took advantage of a Hobart giveaway and struck for his first goal of the season.

The Statesmen outshot the Bearcats in the second quarter 14-9, but only put two shots on frame, both of which were stopped by junior goalie Dan Salazzo. He finished with 11 saves.

With 6:44 left in the third quarter, Pedersen halved Hobart’s deficit thanks to another Caton assist.

The Statesmen pulled even with the “how’d he do that?!?” moment of the game. Dattilo won the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter and raced into the box where he passed to senior Kurtis Gibbs in the middle of the field. Gibbs spun to his left, then to his right, weaving through heavy traffic and unleashed a low shot that beat Salazzo.

Over the next 12 minutes, Hobart got off eight shots, while Binghamton took seven. Both teams had to kill off a 30 second penalty, but neither team broke the stalemate. Suits came closest, hitting the crossbar with 10:08 to go.

Suits’ game-winner was set up by Curtin, who was under heavy pressure and did well just to get the ball out of his stick.

Binghamton got two chances to tie down the stretch. Rurey missed wide from point-blank with seven ticks left and Silberlicht collected Perrelle’s final offering six second later.

Hobart held a 45-27 advantage in shots, a 29-17 edge in ground balls, and committed fewer turnovers (19-15). The Statesmen were successful on 90 percent of their clear attempts, while successfully riding the Bearcats 30 percent of the time.

Hobart begins ECAC Lacrosse League play on Sat., March 20, when the Statesmen host Quinnipiac. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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