March 20, 2012

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Strong Special Teams Key Hobart Victory

from press release

BUFFALO, N.Y.—The Hobart College lacrosse team scored three extra-man goals and one man-down goal, while killing off seven extra-man opportunities for Canisius College on the way to an 11-6 victory at the Demske Sports Complex. Senior Sam Miller and sophomoreAlex Love each produced hat tricks for the Statesmen.

Love had man-up goals in the first and fourth quarters while senior Chris Pedersen also netted an extra-man goal. With two assists, Pedersen moved into a tie for fifth place on the Hobart Division I career assists list with 48, matching Jeff Colburn '09. Pedersen's three points raised his career total to 99. Miller's 10th career hat trick moved him into 13th place on the Statesmen's DI career goals list. Sophomore Cam Stone also logged three points on a goal and two assists.

Tim Edwards led the Golden Griffins with a goal and two assists. Travis Gibbons (2-0) and Simon Giourmetakis (1-1) each contributed two points.

Hobart (2-4) built a 3-0 lead by the end of the first half. After both teams fired shots off the post, Love broke through with his first extra-man strike, assisted by Stone, with 5:34 left in the frame, sparking a surge of three goals in three minutes. Less than a minute later, first-yearTaylor Vanderbeek found Pedersen, who cashed in on another man-up try for a 2-0 lead. Love completed the run with 3:49 left in the quarter.

Senior Bobby Dattilo won just 4-of-8 faceoffs in the first half, but was successful on 8-of-11 in the second half, including his 500th career faceoff win. He's the first Division I Statesman to reach that plateau. Junior long-stick midfielder Ethan O'Connor had a team-high five ground balls. Junior defensemen Sean Regan and Reid Rosello each caused two turnovers.

Canisius (1-3) got two back in the second quarter, but Stone's unassisted goal 4:07 before halftime put the Statesmen up 4-2 at the break.

Edwards set up a pair of extra-man goals to start the second half scoring and even the score with 7:24 to go. Miller finished a Pedersen feed to put the Statesmen back in front for good and extended the lead with a man-down strike with 4:18 left in the quarter. Gibbons kept the Griffins close with another extra-man goal at the 2:49 mark, sending Hobart into the fourth quarter with a slim 6-5 lead.

The Statesmen exploded for five straight goals in a span of just 3:38 early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. First-year Zach Reed scored unassisted to start the run at the 11:39 mark. Dattilo won the ensuing faceoff and fed Miller for an 8-5 Hobart lead. First-year Thomas Petrocci scored off a pass from Stone followed less than 30 seconds later by Love's second extra-man goal. Vanderbeek capped the run with 8:11 left in the game.

Canisius completed the night's scoring with 6:49 remaining. Sophomore goalie Peter Zoninostoned Giourmetakis on the doorstep, but the rebound came right to Brandon Bull, who stuffed it home. Zonino earned the win with 11 saves.

Sean Callahan made 11 saves for Canisius.

Hobart was 3-of-6 with the man advantage while limiting Canisius to just 3-of-10.

The Statesmen will be back in action on Saturday, March 24, when they visit 16th ranked Fairfield. The opening faceoff is scheduled for noon.


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