April 3, 2010

Down Four, Hartford Rallies Over Quinnipiac

from press release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Hartford lacrosse team erased a four goal deficit in the fourth quarter with five-straight scores to earn a dramatic 10-9 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday afternoon at Al-Marzook Field. The Hawks improve to 3-6 (0-1 AE) on the season while the Bobcats fall to 4-3 overall.

Prior to Saturday's battle, the fourth quarter has proven to be the Hawks' weakness as they have been outscored by their opponents 20-9 in the final stanza while seeing four fourth quarter leads disappear.  

Sophomore attack Aidan Genik netted all three of his goals, including the game-winner with 1:31 remaining in regulation, during the rally that spanned the final 11:52 of the game. The attackman finished with four points to lead the Hawks to their third win of the season. Senior Justin Bearse and freshman Jared Franze each scored twice while sophomore Carter Bender finished with four points on a goal and three assists.

The Hawks and Bobcats battled to an even 4-4 score at the half before Quinnipiac exploded for four goals in the third quarter to cushion its lead at 8-5. The Hawks closed out the final stanza with five straight for the win.

For the Bobcats, Christian Hagger finished with one goal and three assists while Jack Oppenheimer scored a pair of goals and helped on one.

Quinnipiac drew blood first, striking with 6:05 remaining in the first quarter when Alex DeAlmeida notched an unassisted score. Hartford answered less than three minutes later when Bearse scored off a feed from sophomore Ryan Compitello.

The Hawks took a 3-2 advantage – their first lead of the game – with 3:15 remaining in the half as slipped a shot past Benzing. Ted Dimond responded less than one minute later For Quinnipiac with the equalizer, sending the teams into the halftime break at a 4-4 deadlock.

Quinnipiac outscored Hartford 4-1 in the third. Oppenheimer scored twice during the stanza to give his squad an 8-5 lead. An unassisted score by Alex Marotto gave the Bobcats their biggest lead of the game at 9-5 with 14:01 left to play.

Genik sparked the Hartford comeback with his unassisted goal at the 11:52 mark to make it a 9-6 game. Freshman Rory Nunamacher scored on the man-down with 10:08 remaining to cut the Bobcats’ lead to two. The Hawks converted on a man-up opportunity as Genik reached the back of the net just 16 seconds later.

Hartford completed its comeback at the 3:49 mark as Franze took a pass from Bearse on a man-up opportunity. Genik received a feed from Bender and lofted a crafty behind the back shot from the left side of the crease that slid past Benzing for the game winner.

With just two ticks remaining on the scoreboard, Oppenheimer netted what appeared to be the game-tying goal as time expired, but the officials ruled that the shot came after the final buzzer.

Sophomore Scott Bement earned the win inside the cage for his fifth career win and third on the season. He finished with nine saves while allowing nine goals. Benzing took the loss in goal for the Bobcats, making four saves on 26 shots and allowing 10 goals.

Quinnipiac outshot Hartford by a margin of 42-26 and finished a perfect with 25 successful clear attempts. The Hawks held the advantage at the face-off X (12 of 21) and converted on 2 of 4 extra-man situations.


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