Hartford Runs Away With 24-4 Win Over Wagner
from press release
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Rookie Kevin O'Shea poured in a career-high six points and three Hawks netted hat tricks on Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Hartford men's lacrosse team to a 24-4 oust of the Wagner Seahawks at Alumni Stadium.
The Hawks improve to 3-6 with the victory and will return to action on Saturday evening when they open up America East Conference action with a date against the UMBC Retrievers. Opening face-off from Baltimore is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wagner dips to 0-8 on the season.
The 24 tallies by the Hawks marked the most goals in a single game for Hartford since March 25, 2000 when they poured in 26 in a 24-goal win against Wagner.
The game was dominated by Hartford from start to finish as the Hawks never trailed in the contest and quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and took a commanding 13-1 advantage at the halftime break. The Hawks dominated the third quarter, 5-1, and went on to outscore the Seahawks 6-2 in the final period to score the victory in commanding fashion.
Sophomore Andrew Cacchio and veterans Ryan Compitello and Aidan Genik each recorded three-goal games while O'Shea, Martin Bowes, Carter Bender, Jared Franze and James Murphy scored two goals apiece to lead Hartford's attack. Murphy, a rookie, reached the back of the net for the first time in his career and was joined by classmate Robert Zecher in accomplishing the feat.
In a penalty-driven first quarter that saw 11 yellow flags down on the field, six in favor of the Seahawks, Ty Schuldt put the first tally on the scoreboard just 15 seconds after the opening whistle. Jared Franzeand Bowes made it a 3-0 outing before David DeCirce put Wagner on the board with just 49 seconds left in the opening period.
During that stretch, Wagner was 1-for-6 in their man-up opportunities while Hartford was just 0-5. The Hawks held their opposition to just two extra man goals in 13 chances, while Hartford converted on 3-of-10 man-up situations.
The Hawks rallied in the second quarter for 10-straight goals and kept the Seahawks off of the board the entire quarter to push ahead by a margin of 13-1. Out of the intermission, Hartford continued the offensive onslaught with five more unanswered markers before Wagner doubled its goal production with 6:35 left to make it a 15-2 game.
In the final quarter, Hartford delivered back-to-back scores before allowing a pair of Wagner goals by Colin O'Rourke and Nick DePhillips. The game was closed out with Hartford netting four consecutive scores, with Cacchio providing the last two.
Senior Scott Bement garnered the win inside of the cage, making 10 stops while allowing just two in. He was relieved by rookie Chris St. George in the final quarter who rejected three shots and allowed two in his first career appearance.
O'Rorke led Wagner with two goals while Mike Hurley also finished with two points on a pair of assists.
As a team, Hartford dominated in every statistical category. The home team outshot the Wagner, 53-27, thanks in part to a 19-1 second quarter margin. In addition, the Hawks collected 19 more ground balls than their opponents, finishing with a 39-20 advantage.
In the face-off circle, the Hawks scored a 17-of-29 advantage led by Schuldt's 15-for-29 effort. He finished with nine ground balls, a game-high and career-best.