Dollard's Late Heroics Give Hartford OT Victory
from press release
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — University of Hartford senior Garrett Dollard netted the game-tying goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, and continued his heroics in overtime by delivering the game-winner 54 seconds into the extra period to lift the Hawks to a thrilling, 15-14 victory over the UMBC Retrievers in the opening game of America East Conference play. Hartford improves to 4-3 on the season while UMBC falls to 3-5.
Joining Dollard with multiple goals on the afternoon was sophomore Kevin O'Shea and junior Andrew Cacchio. O'Shea racked up six points, tying a career-high, after netting a personal-best five goals including three in the first quarter while adding an assist. Cacchio also tallied a hat trick in the outing while freshman Jack Bobzien, an attackman, scored once and assisted on five others for a career-best six points.
Hartford, which led for the first three and a half quarters of play and held a two-goal edge at the half, fell behind for the first time with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Hawks managed to erase that deficit and knot up the game at 11-11 with Cacchio's third goal 61 seconds into the fourth, but the Retrievers stormed back ahead, going off for three unanswered goals.
Pat Young's fourth marker of the afternoon broke open the sixth tie of the game before Scott Jones went back-to-back, providing UMBC with its largest advantage of the game at 14-11 with his second and third scores of the contest.
The three-goal deficit did not rattle the Hawks, though, as Austin Gorman closed the gap to two with a score at the 5:42 mark. His goal came on an extra-man opportunity, the Hawks' second of the game, as Hartford converted on an un-releasable UMBC penalty. With just over three minutes remaining in regulation, Hartford cut the Retrievers' lead down to a single point, converting on a UMBC turnover while playing one man down. Tate Klidonas started the play after snagging the ground ball on the turnover and sprinting deep into the Retrievers' zone. He made the pass to an open Bobzien, who made the unselfish play and gave the ball up to O'Shea, setting up his linemate's fifth goal of the game to make it a 14-13 contest with 3:01 to go.
UMBC went on to win the ensuing face-off, but Frank Piechota rejected Derek Bertolini's shot for his 12th save of the game. On the clear attempt, though, the Hawks lost possession, returning the ball into the Retriever's hands.
Out of a UMBC timeout, Alex Matarazzo forced the Retrievers into their biggest turnover of the game, regaining possession for his team with 1:42 left on the clock. Hartford was successful on the clear, and with 32 seconds remaining, Hawks' head coach Peter Lawrence called for timeout.
Dollard provided the heroics out of the break, using a quick pass from Jared Franze to force the sixth tie of the afternoon at 14-all with just 11 ticks of the clock to go.
Hartford won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over. In the closing seconds, Jones attempted to capitalize on the Hawks' miscue, and beat Piechota to the back of the net, however his desperation shot did not beat the buzzer, sending the two league rivals into overtime.
The opening faceoff of the fifth period belonged to UMBC, however, Phil Poe, the Retrievers' faceoff specialist, saw his shot go wide to swing possession back in favor of Hartford. Dollard has control of the ball for 10 seconds deep in the opponent's zone before deciding to make a move towards the cage. A midfielder, he wheeled around from behind the crease, dodged a defender, and went low with a shot, delivering the game-winner as he was falling to his left just 54 seconds in to overtime.
UMBC was led by four goals from Young and three apiece from Jones and Matt Gregoire. Wes DeRito made 14 saves between the pipes for the Retrievers.
Behind a 15-of-26 effort at the X from Adam Yee, the Hawks finished with the 19-of-33 advantage inside the circle. Hartford also held the edge in shots (43-34) and ground balls (36-31).
The Hawks resume action on Sunday, April 7 when they take on the UAlbany Great Danes on the road at 2 p.m.