The Hobart College lacrosse team scored four straight goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to take control of the game on the way to an 11-10 win over Binghamton University at the Bearcat Sports Complex this afternoon.
It was a gritty victory for the Statesmen, who found a way to win, despite being on the short side of most of the game’s statistics. BU outshot Hobart 35-30, had a slight edge in ground balls 27-26, won 13-of-24 faceoffs, and committed fewer turnovers 14-19.
Senior Alex Love, junior Matt Opsahl, senior Zach Reed, and senior Brendan Saylor each scored twice for the Statesmen (2-1). Junior Cooper Stefaniak and sophomore Arik Andreen shared team-high honors with three ground balls apiece. Sophomore Grant Soucy caused a team-high two turnovers. First-year J. Andrew Spallanzani was 11-of-24 at the faceoff X, including 10-of-18 from the second quarter on. Sophomore goalie Jackson Brown got the win with eight saves.
Nelson Tucker led the Bearcats (0-3) with three goals and an assist. TJ Hauck added two goals. Joe Grossi had five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Goalie Sam Sanko also recorded eight saves.
Hobart got off to a fast start, building a 3-1 lead on unassisted goals by Saylor, Love and Reed. BU scored the final goal of the first quarter and opened the second quarter scoring to tie the game. Reed put the Statesmen back in front at the 13:54 mark, but the Bearcats responded with back-to-back goals to claim their first lead of the day. Saylor scored 1:59 before halftime to knot the game at 5, but Hauck struck 18 seconds before the break to send Binghamton into the break with a 6-5 lead.
The Statesmen hurt themselves in the second quarter, failing on 4-of-6 clearing attempts and committing nine turnovers. Outside of the second quarter, Hobart was 15-of-17 clearing and committed the same number of turnovers as BU, 10.
Binghamton outscored Hobart 3-2 early in the third quarter for a 9-7 lead with 7:17 to go. The game started to turn in the Statesmen’s favor when the Bearcats were flagged for unnecessary roughness at the 6-minute mark of the third quarter. Eight seconds into the man-up, sophomore Sean Donnelly scored his first collegiate goal, sparking a 4-0 Hobart run. The Statesmen were 1-of-2 on the extra man while BU was 0-for-2.
Senior Taylor Vanderbeek and Love scored in the final three minutes of the quarter to put the Statesmen in front 10-9 heading into the final frame. Love’s second tally was his 114th career goal, tying Tom Grimaldi ’85 for 14th place on Hobart’s all-time list.
Opsahl ended the run with his fifth goal of the season, ducking inside his defender and scoring on a point-blank shot at the 12:01 mark of the fourth quarter. Binghamton made things interesting when Paul O’Donnell scored with 4:46 remaining, but the Bearcats didn’t put another shot on goal, missing wide twice and having a third shot blocked down the stretch.
Hobart is scheduled to make its Boswell Field debut on Tuesday, March 3, when the Colgate Raiders visit Geneva for a 4 p.m. faceoff.