Stone's OT Strike Nets Hobart Win Over Canisius

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BUFFALO, N.Y.— Senior attackman Cam Stone scored with 43 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Hobart College lacrosse team its first win of the season, an 11-10 victory at Canisius tonight. The Statesmen's leading scorer got free in the right alley and ripped a shot into the lower right corner to give Head Coach Greg Raymond his first victory.

The Golden Griffins led 10-9 and had the ball as the game clock ticked closed in on two minutes remaining in regulation, but a crease violation after a wide shot gave the ball back to Hobart. The Statesmen moved the ball to the other end of the field and called timeout to draw up a play. Sophomore Cooper Stefaniak fired in the game-tying goal with 76 seconds left in regulation.

First-year Jake Shapiro won the ensuing faceoff thanks to a ground ball by sophomore Teddy Sisco and the Statesmen burned their final timeout with 66 ticks left. Hobart turned it over with 14 seconds left and Canisius shot the ball high over the cage as time expired.

Stefaniak and sophomore attackman Matt Opsahl led the Statesmen (1-5) with a hat trick each. Stone and junior midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek both added two goals and an assist. Senior attackman Jake McHenry accounted for the other Hobart goal. Senior long-stick midfielder Peter Bolte had a game-high four caused turnovers and a team-high four ground balls, including a key takeaway that set the stage for Stone's game winner. Senior goalie Peter Zonino made 12 saves, including five in the fourth quarter and one in overtime to get the win.

Canisius was led by sophomore attackman Billy Jacobbi's four goals. Junior attackman Austin Romantic added a hat trick. Junior midfielder Tim Edwards controlled the faceoff X, winning 16-of-24 while picking up a game-high seven ground balls and handing out a pair of assists. Junior goalie Alex Govenettio made nine saves for the Griffins.

Both teams scored on their first shot of the game. Vanderbeek opened the scoring with a low shot less than a minute in. Canisius followed with a shot from right on the doorstep by Jacobbi despite having a pair of Statesmen draped all over him. The Griffins took the lead at 8:43 on an unsettled situation that left him one-on-one with Zonino. A minute later, McHenry tied it with a back-to-the goal, short-armed shot off a feed from Vanderbeek.

The Griffs opened the second quarter scoring when Romantic got free on the crease. Canisius won the ensuing faceoff and added another score off Jacobbi's stick just 20 seconds later. At 12:31, Opsahl wiped a low shot past Govenettio. Despite having a 22-12 advantage in shots in the first 30 minutes, the Statesmen trailed 4-3 at halftime.

The Griffins scored on the first two possessions of the second half. Romantic got it started, slipping a shot between Zonino and the near post. Eighty seconds later, Jacobbi notched his third goal of the game.

During a nine-minute span starting at 11:17, Hobart rattled off five straight goals to seize and 8-6 lead going into the fourth quarter. Stefaniak got it started, flipping a shot over Govenettio's right shoulder. Two minutes later, Opsahl ripped a shot just under the crossbar to get the Statesmen within one. Vanderbeek scored off an assist from Stone on the extra-man at 7:04, tying the game. Stefaniak put Hobart back in front, streaking past his man and putting a shot in the top left corner at 3:22. Opsahl struck once again, hitting the bottom right corner at 2:15 to double the lead.

Canisius started the fourth quarter with three straight goals. At 13:14, Romantic fired a shot under the crossbar. Four minutes later, the Griffs tied it when Jacobbi rifled one top shelf. Junior attackman Sam Connors capped the run at 8:26 to put the home team back in front. Stone forged another tie, bouncing one at Govenettio's feet at 5:44. The Brothers Edwards, Tim (assist) and Jeff (goal) teamed up to put the Griffins back in front at 4:16, setting the stage for Hobart's dramatic finish.

The Statesmen return home to host Robert Morris University on Saturday, March 15. It will be Hobart's first Northeast Conference game. Faceoff at Boswell Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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