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LAX Defense leads Hobart over Bucknell

The Hobart lacrosse team rode a suffocating defensive effort and a late scoring surge to a 7-2 victory over 20th-ranked Bucknell at McCooey Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bison’s two tallies are the fewest by a Statesmen opponent since Hobart topped Colgate 18-2 in 1992.

Bucknell (1-3) outshot the Statesmen 38-29, but the Hobart defense harassed the Bison shooters all game, limiting the Herd to just 16 shots on goal. Junior goalie Max Silberlicht picked up the win with a season-high matching 14 saves, including nine before halftime.

Junior attackman Kevin Curtin paced the Hobart attack with his third career hat trick. Senior attackman Jeff Colburn also had a three-point day on a goal and two assists, while junior midfielder Mike Suits netted a pair of goals.

In a defense dominated first half, junior midfielder Tyler Cassell put the Statesmen up 1-0 midway through the first quarter with his team-leading ninth goal of the year. Halfway through the second quarter Suits doubled Hobart’s advantage with his third score of the season. Both tallies were set up by Colburn.

After the intermission, the defenses continued to dominate. Neither team found the back of the net through the first nine minutes of play. Senior midfielder Doug Buckley broke up the shutout with 5:58 left in the third with a behind the back shot from the right edge of the crease. He also drew an unnecessary roughness penalty against Hobart that junior attackman Tim Brandau turned into his fourth goal of the year to tie the game at 2-all with 5:27 remaining in the third. Bucknell was 1-of-5 with the extra-man, while Hobart was 0-for-1.

In less than six minutes spanning the third and fourth quarter, Curtin single-handedly broke the game open. He scored his fourth, fifth, and sixth goals of the season in succession to put the Statesmen in front 5-2 with 10:49 remaining.

Suits and Colburn added the afternoon’s final scores in the last three minutes of play as the Bison extended its defense.

Bucknell senior goalie Nick Sciubba played well, finishing the contest with 13 saves.

Hobart improves to 4-0 for the first time since starting the 2005 campaign with four straight wins. The Statesmen will open conference play on March 14, when they host 12th-ranked Georgetown.