March 26, 2011

Hartford Works Wagner for Third Straight Win

from press release

STATEN ISLAND N.Y. – The University of Hartford men’s lacrosse team has won three in a row, as the Hawks scored their largest victory of the season with a 13-6 win over Wagner College on Saturday afternoon. All three victories have come over Northeast Conference opponents as the Hawks (6-3) will next play at #16/15 Albany on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to open up America East Conference play.

Hartford, who never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and took a 9-2 advantage into the locker room at the halftime break. The Hawks outscored their opponents, 2-1 in the third however the final period belonged to the Seahawks as they netted three goals to the Hawks' two.

Junior Carter Bender led the Hawks with his second-straight game with six points, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on four others. Sophomore Rory Nunamacher and junior Ryan Compitello each finished with four points on two goals and two assists.

A total of eight different players found the back of the cage for the Hawks, including sophomore face off specialist Mike Brown and classmate Drew Haig who each scored their first collegiate goals. Sophomore Jared Franzee and junior Kevin Whelan both came off the bench for head coach Peter Lawrence to score a pair of goals, while freshman Tate Klidonas rounded out the scorers with one goal.

As a team, the Hawks dominated in early every statistical category. The visitors outshot the Seahawks by a 34-27 overall margin, thanks in large part to a 17-8 advantage through the first 30 minutes. In addition, the Hawks scooped up 30 total ground balls, compared to 20 for the home team.

In the faceoff circle, the Hawks scored a 14-of-21 advantage with senior Tim Fallon and Brown sharing the responsibilities. Fallon, who won all but five face offs in his last outing, finished today’s contest 6-of-10, while Brown topped that performance, finishing 8-of-11 in the possession duels.

In his first start of the season, junior Scott Bement garnered the win, making two stops while allowing two in. Sophomore Frank Piechota took over in the cage in the second half, tallying three saves and allowing one. Rookie goalie Dan Zenevitch also made his second appearance on the season in goal. He rejected one shot in 10 minutes.

The Hawks will return to action on Wednesday evening when they open up America East Conference action with a date against the #16/15 Albany Great Danes. The opening face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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