Hobart College sophomore goalie Peter Zonino made his collegiate debut a memorable one, recording 16 saves to lead the Statesmen to a 15-10 victory over Binghamton University on Boswell Field this afternoon. He was at his best in the third quarter, turning back seven of the eight shots he faced as Hobart doubled its three-goal halftime lead.
Offensively, sophomore attackman Alex Love continued his torrid start, netting a career-high five goals. Senior attackman Sam Miller stretched his point scoring streak to 26 games with his ninth career hat trick plus an assist. Sophomore attackman Cam Stone and senior midfielder Chris Pedersen added three points apiece. Senior midfielder Bobby Dattilodominated on faceoffs, winning 20-of-26 and collecting a game-high 13 ground balls.
Michael Antinozzi and Tyler Perrelle paced the Bearcats with four points each. Antinozzi logged three goals and an assist as well as a team-high four ground balls and game-high three caused turnovers while Perrelle had two goals and two assists. In goal, Colin Nesdale (5-14) and Kraig (7-13) split time, combining for 12 saves.
Hobart (1-1) got off to a fast start, putting a pair of goals on the board in the first 75 seconds. First-year midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek struck first with an unassisted tally. On the ensuing faceoff, senior defensive midfielder Matt Campbell scooped up the ground ball and found Love, who buried his shot just 11 seconds after Vanderbeek’s strike.
Binghamton (1-2) countered with the next four goals, including back-to-back markers by Perrelle for a 4-2 lead with 4:10 remaining in the opening frame. The Statesmen pulled even with consecutive goals in the final minute of the quarter. Stone found the back of the net for the first with 44 seconds to go and Love followed with nine ticks left.
The Bearcats briefly retook the lead on Antinozzi’s goal three minutes into the second quarter, but Hobart countered with three straight goals from Pedersen, Vanderbeek and Love. BU trimmed the Statesmen lead to 7-6 at the 4:01 mark, but Campbell and senior midfielder Derek Akner closed out the first half scoring to give Hobart a 9-6 lead at the break.
The Statesmen broke the game open in the third quarter sparked by Zonino’s smothering D. Love and junior defensive midfielder Ryan Korn scored 25 seconds apart to stretch Hobart’s lead to 11-6. Antinozzi got the Bearcats on the board at the 6:34 mark, but then Miller went on a solo scoring run. He connected for the final two goals of the third quarter and opened the fourth quarter scoring to give the Statesmen a 14-7 lead. The Hobart offense was especially efficient in the third, scoring its four goals on just seven shots.
Love stuffed home his fith with 8:56 remaining to make it a 15-7 game. With Hobart subbing liberally, Binghamton scored three times in the final 1:06 to trim its deficit to five goals.
At the end of the day, shots were even at 37 apiece and both teams were 1-for-3 with the extra man. Hobart won the battle for ground balls 44-20 and at the X 20-9. The Statesmen did make more turnovers (23-17), a bit of a misleading stat as 10 of those miscues came in the fourth quarter with Hobart trying to run clock rather than its offense.
The Statesmen will be back in action on Tuesday, March 6, when they make the short trip to Colgate University. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. WHWS-FM (105.7 in Geneva) will broadcast the game live.