Hobart senior long-stick midfielder Alex Caton and junior midfielder Bobby Dattilo broke season records today, but the accomplishments were bittersweet as Air Force posted a 9-6 ECAC Lacrosse League victory. Caton broke his own record for caused turnovers in a season, while Dattilo eclipsed the Statesmen’s Division I standards for faceoffs won and faceoff winning percentage in a season.
Caton came into the contest tied with sophomore defenseman Sean Regan for the team lead, one off Caton’s 2010 record of 17 caused turnovers. He finished the day with two caused turnovers, as well as a game-high seven grounds balls. The all-time leader in CTO, Caton graduates with 43 career takeaways and 190 ground balls (6th on the all-time list).
Seventh in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, Dattilo won 13-of-19 and collected six ground balls. He finished the season with a record 192 wins (4 more than John Soden’s 2004 standard) and a record winning percentage of .649 (Dan Spinella established the old mark of .618 in 2006). Dattilo’s team-leading 93 ground balls are the third most by a Division I Statesman, while his 191 career GBs are fifth.
First-years Cam Stone and Alex Love teamed up to score the first goal of the game with the latter feeding the former midway through the first quarter. The Falcons countered with back-to-back goals 90 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
Air Force and Hobart traded goals to start the second quarter with senior Tim Bigelow‘s tally coming on the extra-man. Twenty-eight seconds later, Vinny Sandtorv scored the second of his three goals on the day, kick-starting a three-goal surge that gave the Falcons a 6-2 lead.
Love stopped the run, scoring off an assist from Dattilo to make it a 6-3 game with 4:10 left in the half, but, less than a minute later, Air Force got the goal back to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
The third quarter belonged to the Statesmen. Sophomore Tyler Smith scored consecutive goals less than a minute apart to trim the Falcons’ lead to 7-5. The Academy made it 8-5 with an extra-man goal at the 8:36 mark, but Love netted an extra-man tally for Hobart to restore the two-goal margin heading into the final frame. The goal was assisted by junior Sam Miller, extending his points streak to 24 straight games.
Air Force goalie Brian Wilson pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter, making five of his 10 stops in the final 15 minutes. Sandtorv scored the only goal of the period to close out the scoring.
Love (2-1) and Smith (2-1) shared game-high honors with three points apiece. Making his second straight start for injured senior Evan Kirk, sophomore Jon Lawless made 12 saves for the Statesmen, including five in the fourth quarter.
In addition to Sandtorv’s hat trick, Kyle Cassady also registered three points on a goal and two assists.
Hobart ends the year with a 5-9 record, including a 2-4 mark in the ECAC.