Hartford Tops Brown for First Time in Series
from press release
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Behind a stellar performance in the cage by sophomore goalie Frank Piechota, the University of Hartford men’s lacrosse team held off Brown, 8-6, earning the program’s first-ever win over the Bears in a series that dates back to 2002.
In a game that opened with nearly 25 minutes of scoreless lacrosse followed by six ties and four lead changes, Hartford managed to take the lead and hold on to it for good with 9:40 remaining on the scoreboard to snap a seven-game losing skid against the Bears and improve to 2-2 on the season. Brown falls to 1-2 overall.
Piechota turned away 17 Bears’ shots, a career-high, to earn the second win of his collegiate career. Leading the Hawks’ offense was junior Martin Bowes and sophomores Rory Nunamacher and Jared Franze who each scored twice. Rounding out the Hawks’ scorers were seniors Tim Fallon and Conor Flynn who contributed one goal apiece. Andrew Feinberg contributed on five of the Bears’ six goals, finishing with four goals and one assist.
Both Hartford and Brown’s sticks were kept silent through the first 24:49 minutes of the game until Andrew Feinberg broke open the stalemate with 5:11 remaining in the opening half. Franze answered with his seventh goal of the season, knotting the game at 1-1 before Flynn put the Hawks ahead at the halftime break when he broke loose on a clear attempt and delivered a hard ball past Brown keeper Matt Chriss with six seconds on the scoreboard.
Brown outscored Hartford, 4-3, in the third quarter, sending the game into the final 15 tied for the fifth time. Bowes connected with Nunamacher on the man-up to put the Hawks ahead at 6-5 with 12:23 left to play however Brown responded just 17 seconds later with Parker Brown’s unassisted score. Nunamacher delivered the eventual game winner with 9:40 remaining and Bowes put the game out of reach for the visitors at 8-6 with 3:26 left to play.
Hartford’s defense held Parker Brown, the nation’s fifth best scorer, to just one goal while forcing the Bears into 17 turnovers. Fallon lost just five duels in the contest, finishing 13-of-18 at the face-off X. The senior, who was 5-of-5 in the first half, also recorded a game-best eight ground balls.
The Hawks play host to the Bellarmine Knights on Sunday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m. Last year’s match-up with the Knights was decided by a single tally as Sean Doyle scored the final two goals of the contest to lift Bellarmine to an 8-7 victory on Al-Marzook Field.
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