A 33-minute lightning delay between the third and fourth quarters proved to be exactly what the Hobart lacrosse team needed this afternoon. The Statesmen wiped out a three-goal deficit with six straight fourth quarter goals and held off a late Bellarmine charge for a 14-13 ECAC win.
Hobart sophomore attackman Alex Love matched his career-high with a game-high five goals, first-year midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek produced a career-high five points on four goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Chris Pedersen added two goals and two assists, sophomore attackman Cam Stone handed out three assists and senior attackman Sam Miller scored twice.
The Statesmen got another dominating performance at the X from senior midfielder Bobby Dattilo. He won 18-of-31 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high 15 ground balls, one off his Hobart game record. Sophomore Peter Zonino earned the win in goal with 13 saves.
The Knights got four points from Michael Ward (3-1) while Colton Clark (2-1) and Mitch McLaren (1-2) added three points apiece. Goalie Dillon Ward enjoyed a strong afternoon in the crease, turning away 17 shots.
The teams played an even first quarter with Pedersen, Love and Vanderbeek scoring for the Statesmen. Hobart grabbed a 6-5 lead with 6:04 remaining in the first half thanks to Love’s finished of a Pedersen pass, but the Knights countered with the last two goals of the second quarter for a 7-6 halftime advantage.
After trading goals to start the third quarter, Bellarmine rattled off three straight goals in under five minutes to build its largest lead of the game, 11-7 with 2:57 remaining. Vanderbeek got one back with 1:40 left in the third.
Lightning delayed the start of the fourth quarter, taking away any momentum the Knights had. Once the final frame got underway, Vanderbeek needed just 35 seconds to make it a two-goal game.
Bellarmine helped Hobart’s comeback by turning the ball over at the 9:46 mark and compounding the error by taking a delay of game penalty. Seventeen seconds later, Vanderbeek fed Miller for a man-up goal that put the Statesmen within one. Love scored back-to-back goals 23 seconds apart to give Hobart a 12-11 lead with 7:01 left in the game. Vanderbeek made it 13-11 with 6:18 remaining and Love scored what proved to be the game winner with the man advantage off a cross-crease pass from Stone with 4:38 left.
The Knights kept fans on the edge of their seats, winning the final three faceoffs of the game and converting the first two into goals, but Zonino made a body save on Ward’s shot with 16 seconds remaining and the Statesmen ran out the clock from there.
Hobart will be back in action on Tuesday, April 17, when the Statesmen host Syracuse in the annual Kraus-Simmons Trophy game. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:06 p.m. The game will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sports.