April 19, 2014

Ten Score as Hartford Downs Vermont

from press release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Greg Reynolds highlighted 10 different Hawks' goal-scorers with a pair as the University of Hartford men's lacrosse team clamped down in the second half to score an 11-7 win over Vermont on Senior Night at Al-Marzook Field Saturday. Scoring its first win in league play, Hartford (6-8) improves to 1-3 in the America East while Vermont (5-7) drops to 0-4.

Shutdown defense in the middle two quarters as well as a solid performance at the faceoff X by redshirt junior Adam Yee helped the Hawks run away with the game and earn their fourth-straight defeat of the Catamounts. Redshirt sophomore Torrey Martone and senior Alex Matarazzo combined for seven caused turnovers on the evening, while Yee won 14-of-19 faceoffs, collecting nine ground balls in the process.

Andrew Buckanavage and Ian MacKay combined to score all but one of the Catamounts' goals as they each rattled-off a hat trick. MacKay added an assist for a game-high four points.

Enduring more than 11 minutes of scoreless lacrosse, it was Hartford that drew blood first as junior Ty Schuldt's fifth goal of the season at the 3:41 mark ended a quiet start and put the Hawks ahead. By the end of the quarter, though, it was the Catamounts who wound up with the one-goal edge thanks to a pair of strikes within a 35 second span. Buckanavage opened the scoring for the Catamounts and tied up the contest with 1:19 to go before MacKay contributed the go-ahead tally.

Early in the second, the Hawks and Catamounts each traded scores in the first five minutes before the home team's offense started to heat up. Closing out the half with a 4-1 spurt that included three consecutive goals from senior Alex Matarazzo, Reynolds and Alec Brown, another Reynolds' tally with 71 seconds left in the half provided the Hawks with a 6-4 cushion heading into the locker rooms.

Everything kept clicking for Hartford out of the intermission as its defense locked down and held Vermont without a score throughout the entire 15-minute stretch. During that span, the offense capitalized and extended its advantage to five goals at 9-4 thanks to markers from freshman Jaedon Henderson, Yee and senior Conner Yatauro. All three of those tallies came within a 97 second period as the Hawks built up a comfortable cushion heading into the fourth.

The Hawks' offense continued to rally into the final quarter. Just 85 seconds in, Matt Carroll, a junior, delivered what proved to be the final punch on an unassisted score to provide his team with its largest lead of the game at 10-4. Vermont's scoring woes carried on for another minute until Graham Horvath ended a 19:47 drought for the visitors at the 12:39 mark to cut his squad's deficit down to 10-5.

That goal was the first of back-to-back tallies for the Catamounts as Buckanavage struck for the final time less than a minute later to pull the Catamounts within four. Hartford silenced any attempt at a Vermont comeback, though, with an unassisted goal by Kevin O'Shea on the man-down putting the game away with 4:32 left in regulation.  

The Hawks dominated the ground ball battle, collecting 46 on the evening, 13 more than their opponents. Between the pipes, redshirt senior Frank Piechota registered 13 saves and three ground balls while classmate Dan Zenevitch made a pair of stops in over three minutes of action.

Prior to the opening faceoff, Hartford's 12 seniors (Justin Bentivegna, Cacchio, Tim Engel, Adam Fingar, Brad Hutton, Tate Klidonas Matarazzo, Piechota, John Quinn, Reynolds, Yatauro, Zenevitch) were honored in a ceremony.

The Hawks continue the quest for their fourth-straight America East Championship appearance when they head to Stony Brook to wrap up the 2014 regular season. Faceoff from LaValle Stadium, the site of the conference tournament, is set for 7:30 p.m.

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