March 17, 2010

Hartford Men Notch Second Win of Season

from press release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Hartford lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season in a 10-6 final over Holy Cross on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
 
Hartford improves to 2-4 overall while Holy Cross drops to 2-5 on the season. Sophomores Aidan Genik and Ryan Compitello combined for five goals and eight points on the afternoon while sophomore Scott Bement tallied his fourth career win in goal. Junior Michael Cudmore registered three points on a pair of goals and an assist.
 
Hartford never trailed in the game and led 6-3 by halftime. The Hawks dented the scoreboard in the first quarter with four goals while allowing just one by the visitors. Cudmore put the first mark on the scoreboard after seeing just 99 seconds tick off the game clock. The junior then fed line mate Compitello with 8:24 remaining in the first quarter to put Hartford up 2-0. Holy Cross responded mid-way through the stanza however the Hawks answered with two-straight to take a 4-1 lead.
 
Chris Smirti doubled the Crusaders score with his 13th goal of the season just three minutes into the second quarter but the Hawks tacked on two of their own as Genik and Justin Bearse netted unassisted scores. James Kennedy cut into the Hawks’ four goal lead when he connected with Edison Parzanese to bring the Crusaders within striking distance with a 6-3 halftime score.
 
Holy Cross came out of the locker room firing with two unanswered scores by Douglas Broussard and Smirti. An unassisted goal by Cudmore followed by Genik’s third goal of the contest put down the Crusaders’ threat and allowed the Hawks to regain a three goal lead at 8-5.
 
The Hawks used a pair of fourth quarter goals by Martin Bowes and Genik to cushion their lead at 10-5. Bement and the Hartford defense only allowed one goal in the final quarter as the sophomore goalie turned away four of the Crusaders’ shots.
 
Bement finished with seven saves while recording his second win of the 2010 season. Junior Tim Fallon also had a strong game for the Hawks, winning 12 of 19 face-offs and scooping up a game-best seven ground balls.
 
After a 10-day layover, Hartford will travel to Fairfield, Conn. for a match-up with in-state rival Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 27. The Hawks and Pioneers will duke it out under the lights with a 7:00 p.m. start time.


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