April 24, 2010

Hartford Comeback Falls Short vs. Binghamton

from press release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Hartford men’s lacrosse team erased a 7-1 deficit in the second quarter, but could not complete a come back from a four goal disadvantage late in the contest and fell to the Binghamton Bearcats by a final of 13-12 on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Al-Marzook Field.
Binghamton picked up its first win the America East and improves to 4-9 overall with a mark of 1-3 in the league. Hartford remains winless in conference play at 0-4 and falls to 3-10 on the season.
Facing a 7-1 deficit with 9:40 remaining in the second quarter, the Hawks clawed back and closed out the first half with five-straight goals and added the game tying mark to the scoreboard just 16 seconds into the third quarter. The Bearcats answered by stringing together four goals of their own to once again take a commanding lead at 11-7. The Hawks went on to score five of the final seven goals of the contest and came within one goal of Binghamton at 13-12, but were unable to find the back of the net for the equalizer in the final 3:14.
Junior Tim Fallon had a career day for the Hawks with his first career hat trick. The junior dominated the face-off X, winning 22 of 28 duels while scooping up a game- and career-high 16 ground balls. Vinny Pellizzi and Carter Bender each netted a pair of goals and Pellizzi added an assist on the afternoon.
Freshman Matt Springer notched six points on four goals and two assists to lead Binghamton while Andy Cook scored three times.
Binghamton came out of the gates on fire, scoring four-straight goals in the opening nine minutes of the game. Cook struck twice during the rally while Springer capped the Bearcats’ run with his goal at the 5:01 mark.
Austin Rogers got the Hawks on the scoreboard with 3:42 remaining in the first quarter with his first goal this season however Binghamton responded with three more scores by Jeff Rurey, Springer and Tyler Perrelle to open the second to boost their squad’s lead to 7-1.
Bender’s unassisted score with 6:24 to play in the half sparked a Hartford scoring streak that produced six consecutive goals, five of which came in the third quarter. Kevin Whelan and Pellizzi reached the back of the net for the first time this season at 5:33 and 3:22, respectively, to bring the Hawks back in the game at 7-4.
Martin Bowes, who assisted on Whelan’s goal, netted his sixth goal of 2010 at the 2:36 mark and Aidan Genik followed with his unassisted score with 1:02 to play in the period to bring the Hawks within one goal at 7-6.
Just 16 seconds into the third stanza, Fallon’s first goal of 2010 knotted the score for the first time since the opening face-off at 7-7. The face-off specialist won the quarter’s opening draw, and maneuvered around the Bearcats’ defenders down the field to net the equalizer.
The Bearcats once again responded and built a four goal lead over the next 13 minutes of the third period. Binghamton’s final score of the rally was followed by a Hartford penalty putting the squad down a player however Fallon once again took control at the face-off X and went the distance for his second goal of the game.
With the Bearcats up 11-8 entering the final stanza, Springer and Perrelle each struck again at 9:31 and 8:47 to put their squad up by five goals with 8:47 remaining.
Hartford managed to reel off four-straight goals, beginning with Leif Abrahamson’s first goal this season followed by scores by Fallon, Bender and Pellizzi, to come within one goal of Binghamton at 13-12. Over the final 3:14, the Hawks saw four chances to put the game tying notch on the scoreboard but were unable to find the back of the net.
Jordan Marra turned away 13 Hartford shots, including the potential game-tying goal, for the Bearcats. Sophomore Scott Bement recorded six saves on the afternoon.
Hartford seniors Abrahamson and Justin Bearse played their final home game on Al-Marzook Field on Saturday and were honored prior to the start of the contest. Abrahamson has played in 39 career games for the scarlet and white. The midfielder has netted seven career goals. Bearse, a two-year captain, has seen time in 52 games while making 41 starts. The attackman has tallied 73 points over four seasons, including 48 goals and 25 assists.
The Hawks have been eliminated from the America East playoff race following today’s loss and UMBC’s overtime victory over Vermont earlier this afternoon. Hartford wraps up the regular season at UMBC on Saturday, May 1 at noon. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Last season, the Hawks posted a historic win over the Retrievers who were ranked sixth in the nation.

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