Late Scoring Drought Costs No. 17 Hobart
Hobart Sports Information
The No. 17 Hobart lacrosse team led for most of the first half
against ECAC front-runner Fairfield, but managed just a single
tally in the second half, as the Stags rallied for a 9-7 victory at
McCooey Field. Fairfield outscored the Statesmen 5-1 in the second
Hobart had the advantage all over the box score-shots (36-30), faceoffs (12-6), ground balls (30-20), and clears (14-of-16 vs. 15-of-25)-except where it matter most. First-year goalie Charlie Cipriano was a difference maker for the Stags, logging 12 saves, including five in the fourth quarter.
The Statesmen (5-3, 1-2 ECAC) got off to a fast start thanks to unassisted tallies by junior attackman Kevin Curtin and sophomore midfielder Nick Blumer just over three minutes into the game. Fairfield (5-2, 3-0) settled down after the bumpy start and drew even on goals by first-year attackman John Snellman and sophomore midfielder Ryan Mulford, the latter just four seconds before the end of the opening quarter.
Hobart again hit the gas on offense to start the second quarter. Sophomore long-stick midfielder collected the opening faceoff and scored just 10 seconds in. Less than a minute and a half later, Curtin scored again, assisted by senior midfielder Matt Smalley, for a 4-2 lead. Smalley finished with a game-high five ground balls.
The teams traded goals through the rest of the way to send the Statesmen into halftime with a 6-4 lead.
In the third quarter, Fairfield netted consecutive scores by Chris Trombino and Matt Lanzaro to tie the game with 7:05 left in the frame.
Hobart reclaimed the lead 90 seconds later when junior midfielder Tyler Cassell scored his team-leading 13th goal on senior attackman Jeff Colburn's team-leading 13th assist. The goal was the final tally of the contest for the Statesmen.
The lead was short-lived as Stags' senior defenseman Matt Petre scooped up the ensuing faceoff, raced to the cage, and scored his first goal of the season. Fairfield grabbed its first lead with 1:51 to go in the third when Chris Ajemian set up Mulford for an extra-man goal, his third tally of the game.
Cipriano shined in the fourth quarter, including a point-blank robbery of junior midfielder Mike Lazore with 3:23 to go. First-year attackman Mike Esposito sealed the victory with his first goal of the season on an empty cage with junior goalie Max Silberlicht (9 saves) out of the crease on the 10-man ride.
Hobart will be back in action on April 4, when the Statesmen visit Penn State. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.