October 5, 2011

Hartford Names Trio as Captains

from press release

– Scott Bement, Carter Bender and Aidan Genik, a trio of seniors on the University of Hartford men's lacrosse team, have been tabbed tri-captains by their teammates for the upcoming 2012 season, as announced on Monday by head coach Peter Lawrence. This year's captains, who have enjoyed successful careers both on and off the field for the Hawks, each played a pivotal role in helping the men's lacrosse program capture its first-ever America East Tournament championship and earn its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011.

"The men of the Hartford lacrosse team have chosen three great leaders," declared Lawrence. "Each of these student-athletes embodies the work ethic, competitive spirit and values that guide our program."

A three-time America East All-Conference honoree, including a nod to the league's first team in 2011, Bement, a goalie, returns for his final season in the scarlet and white in 2012. After missing the first nine games of the 2011 campaign as a result of a preseason injury, Bement returned to see time in nine games where he posted an 8.24 goals-against average and a .568 save percentage.

During the Hawks' historic run in the America East Tournament, Bement combined for 15 saves in both the semifinal win against UMBC and the 11-10 upset at #13 Stony Brook and was named to the America East All-Championship Team for his performance. Tabbed the America East Rookie of the Year in 2009, the Canandaigua, N.Y. native currently ranks seventh all-time in Hartford's record books with 251 saves.

An America East Academic Honor Roll selection in 2010, Bement is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in criminal justice.

Bender, who has seen time as both an attackman and a midfielder, became just the fifth All-American in Hartford history when he received USILA honorable mention accolades last season. In 2011, Bender produced solid numbers for the Hawks, leading the team in goals (35) and points (53), both career-best numbers, while ranking second in assists. In addition, he finished among the America East leaders in scoring, ranking third in points (3.12 per game), fifth in goals (2.06 per game) and ninth in assists (1.06 per game).

An America East All-Championship Team pick last year, Bender played a key role in helping fuel the Hawks' run through the postseason. In both the semifinal round and the championship game of the conference tournament, he netted back-to-back hat tricks to lead the Hawks to their first-ever tournament appearance. A three-time America East All-Conference honoree who landed a spot on the second-team midfield unit in 2011, the Caledon, Ontario native was also named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's First Team last year.

Bender also took a dramatic leap up Hartford's career record lists as he finished the year ranked eighth in program history in points (116). He also became the first Hawk player since 2003 - and the first under Lawrence's tutelage - to reach the 100-Point milestone. Bender is enrolled in the Barney School of Business and is working towards a degree in marketing.

Genik, who joined Bement on the America East All-Conference First Team last year, paced the Hawks' attack during league play in 2011 with 13 of his 22 goals coming in America East action. A second-team pick in 2010 and all-rookie team selection in 2009, the Toronto, Ontario native finished his junior year ranked fourth on the squad in scoring with 23 goals and 10 helpers. In addition, Genik joined classmate Bender in cracking the century mark last season and became the 15th member of Hartford's 100-Point Club. With 83 career goals, Genik is currently the seventh-best goal scorer in program history.

Off the field, Genik has enjoyed a successful career inside of the classroom. A three-time America East Academic Honor Roll member, Genik has also been named to the America East All-Academic Team in both 2010 and 2011. Genik is enrolled in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions with a major in health sciences/physical therapy.

The Hawks will kick-off their fall season on Sunday, October 9 when they travel to Thayer Academy located in Braintree, Mass. for the Fourth Annual Catamount Classic – Lacrosse for a Cure. Hartford is slated to play Bryant at 11:30 a.m. and Providence at 3:30 p.m.

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