Junior attackmen Jake McHenry scored with 49 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lift the Hobart College lacrosse team to a 9-8 ECAC Lacrosse League win at Bellarmine University. McHenry buried a shot from right in front on the edge of the crease thanks to a feed from junior attackman Cam Stone.
Stone and junior attackman Alex Love shared game-high honors with five points apiece. Love’s four goal day included a first half hat trick while Stone handed out a game-high three assists. Sophomore Gryphin Kelly dominated the faceoff X winning 14-of-21 restarts. He also matched his career-high with a game-high eight ground balls. On the defensive end, junior goalie Peter Zonino made 13 saves. Senior defenseman Reid Rosello was credited with one caused turnover, raising his season total to 20, matching his own school record set last year.
Bellarmine, ranked 20th in the nation in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, got a first half hat trick from long-stick midfielder Bobby Schmitt and Brogan Hill scored twice. Schmitt also had a game-high four caused turnovers. Karsen Leung handed out a pair of assists. Goalie Dillon Ward also recorded 13 saves.
Ward began the week first in the country in save percentage, but Hobart (5-6, 2-3) had his number early, scoring on three of their first four shots on goal. Stone scored on the Statesmen’s first shot of the game and then two minutes later, set up Love for a 2-0 lead. Schmitt got the Knights (7-4, 3-4) on the board midway through the first quarter, but Love scored an extra-man goal with 2:47 remaining to give Hobart a 3-1 lead through 15 minutes.
Schmitt opened the second quarter scoring, but the Statesmen rang up three straight goals for a 6-2 lead with 4:28 left in the half. Sophomore midfielder Zach Reed started the run with an unassisted strike at the 7:36 mark. Three minutes later, Love fired a cross-crease pass to Stone, who scored an easy goal on a wide-open net. Twenty-six seconds after that, Love beat Dillon again.
Schmitt completed his three goal day with his final marker, 2:16 before the half. The goal was the last of the first half, but it launched a protracted comeback run by BU. Hill scored both of his goals in the third quarter while the defense shut out Hobart to make it a 6-5 game heading into the fourth quarter.
Cameron Gardner and Dylan Gatt scored back-to-back in the fourth quarter to give the Knights their only lead of the game, 7-6, with 6:19 remaining in regulation. The Statesmen had lost 14 consecutive games when yielding four or more goals in a row.
Hobart ended its 29-minute scoring drought when first-year midfielder Frank Brown finished a feed from Stone. Sixty-four seconds after that, Love netted his team-leading 36th goal of the year. He’s now just two goals off the Hobart Division I season record he set last season. Love also moved up to third on the Statesmen Division I career goals list with 89, passing Jared Beebe ’00 (87) and John Bogosian ’03 (88) and moving within three of No. 2 Jamie Breslin ’01.
BU’s Michael Ward scored with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Zonino made a save in the final minute of regulation. In the waning seconds of the first overtime, Hobart survived a flurry of chances by Bellarmine. Gardner hit the post with 21 seconds left and Zonino made his final save of the day as the period expired, setting the stage for McHenry and Stone’s heroics.
Stone has 26 assists on the year, tied for third on Hobart’s Division I season list, just three of his total from last season. Jamie Kirk ’07 holds the record with 38 in 2007.
Hobart held a 35-33 edge in shots and a 14-8 advantage in faceoffs while going 1-for-2 with the extra-man. Bellarmine won the battle for ground balls 31-27 but was 0-for-3 with the extra-man.
It’s the first time in the history of the Hobart lacrosse program that the Statesmen have won consecutive overtime games (Hobart beat Colgate 9-8 in OT earlier this season). It’s also the first time the Statesmen have won a double overtime game in five all-time chances.
Hobart will be back in action on Tuesday, April 16, when the Statesmen visit the Carrier Dome. The annual Kraus-Simmons Trophy game against Syracuse will face off at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by Time Warner Cables SportsChannel.