February 16, 2014

Hartford Humbles Richmond in 19-11 Victory

from Press Release

RICHMOND, Va. – Ten different Hawks found the back of the net, led by six goals from junior Kevin O'Shea and four from senior Andrew Cacchio, as the Hartford men's lacrosse team coasted to a 19-11 win at Richmond in its season opener Sunday afternoon. Four first-time scorers also highlighted the offense for the Hawks, who scored the most goals in a single game since netting 20 in a win at Brown on Mar. 7, 2012.

O'Shea finished the game with 10 points, a career-high, while handing out four assists to match a personal-best in the category. The Hawks dominated from start-to-finish, jumping out to a four-goal advantage and never looking back. Hartford led by as many as nine in the contest.

Richmond was led by a five-point effort from Mitchell Goldberg, who scored four times and handed out an assist. The Spiders (0-2) were coming off a one-goal loss to No. 7 Virginia.

In addition to the plethora of goal-scoring, Hartford dominated the game in nearly every category. Grabbing 13 ground balls, redshirt-junior Adam Yee had a stellar performance at the faceoff X, winning 20-of-31 duels, including the first five of the afternoon to help fuel the Hawks' hot start. Redshirt senior Frank Piechota went the distance between the pipes, making six saves in his season debut.

Hartford also held advantages in shots (45-29) and ground balls (42-37), committing just 13 turnovers to Richmond's 24. In addition, the Hawks converted on all but one of their clear attempts, going 14-of-15.

Cacchio wasted little time to get the offense going in 2014, scoring half of his goals within the first 94 seconds with the first coming just four seconds out of the opening faceoff. Senior Conner Yatauro quickly made it 3-0 following Cacchio's back-to-back goals with 10:15 left in the first, before O'Shea capped off the rally, scoring out of the ensuing faceoff to push the advantage to 4-0 just five minutes in.

Midway through the opening period, J.P. Forester put the Spiders on the scoreboard, but the Hawks answered back as freshman Doug Biondi re-extended his team's advantage to four with his first career goal 1:25 later. The rookie finished with a pair of tallies in his debut while former high school teammate Jaedon Henderson also scored in his first collegiate game.

Joining Biondi and Henderson in the first career goal column was Greg Reynolds, a transfer from Southern New Hampshire, and junior defender Brian Monks. Junior Ty Schuldt and seniors Brad Hutton and Tate Klidonas rounded out the scoring for Hartford.

Following Goldberg's first tally of the contest, the Hawks wheeled-off four unanswered goals to blow the game open at 9-2 just minutes into the second quarter. The scoring slowed down for Hartford, though, and Richmond managed to close the gap to four at the break (10-6) thanks to a half-ending, 4-1 run. In the third, back-to-back goals from Forester and Goldberg trimmed the Spiders' deficit to three, the closest they had been since the opening minutes, with 5:55 left.

Despite the run, the Hawks held off the Spiders, closing out the third period with a pair of goals from Cacchio and Schuldt to boost their lead back to five. Hartford's scoring spurt continued into the fourth quarter as four-straight goals, including two from O'Shea, put the game out of reach at 17-8 with 11:03 remaining on the game clock.

In nine man-up opportunities, Richmond scored five times. Hartford had just two extra-man chances, scoring on one in the third. Two Spiders played one half each in goal with starter Benny Pugh making seven saves while allowing 10 past.

The Hawks open up the home portion of their schedule next Saturday when they welcome the Bryant Bulldogs into Alumni Stadium at 1 p.m. The non-conference clash will be the first of its kind since the Bulldogs made the jump to the NCAA's highest ranking back in 2007.

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