Junior attackman Chris Pedersen scored with 1:42 remaining in the Hobart lacrosse team’s season-opener at Robert Morris this afternoon to lift the Statesmen to a 9-8 victory. Pedersen, who finished with his fourth career hat trick, capped Hobart’s rally from an 8-4 deficit with 14:31 remaining in the contest.
The Statesmen (1-0) never led in the first three quarters of the contest, but never fell behind by more than three, until Trevor Moore finished off his four-goal day with a marker 29 seconds into the final stanza.
The Colonials (0-2) were whistled for an illegal body check a short while later. Sophomore midfielder Tyler Smith, assisted by first-year attackman Cam Stone, took advantage of the man-up opportunity with 12:19 remaining in the contest.
Three minutes later, Stone (1g, 2a) set the table for junior midfielder Derek Akner’s first goal of the year to make it an 8-6 game. At the 6:25 mark, RMU was flagged again, this time for pushing, and again Hobart seized the opportunity. Senior midfielder Tim Bigelow scored unassisted with five seconds left in the penalty.
Robert Morris made another trip to the penalty box on a slashing call with 3:20 left and Bigelow (2g, 1a) again made the Colonials pay, scoring off an assist from junior attackman Sam Miller (2a) to tie the game and set the stage for Pedersen’s unassisted game-winner.
In all, Hobart was 4-of-6 on the extra-man, while avoiding taking single penalty. The Statesmen, behind junior Bobby Dattilo, dominated the faceoff X, winning 16 of 21 restarts. Dattilo hauled in seven ground balls, while senior long-stick midfielder Alex Caton scooped up a game-high eight. Hobart sported a 36-29 edge in GBs.
The Colonials led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and 6-4 at halftime.
In goal, senior Evan Kirk picked up his first career win with 12 saves. RMU’s Charles Ruppert made eight stops.
Hobart will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 26, when the Statesmen visit eighth-ranked Cornell. Faceoff is scheduled for noon.