The Hobart College lacrosse team dominated faceoffs throughout the game and used a 5-0 third quarter run to earn a 10-9 triumph at Georgetown University. It’s the Statesmen’s first ever win over the Hoyas in Washington, D.C.
Sophomore J. Andrew Spallanzani won a career-high 17 of the 23 faceoffs he took and scooped up a career-high six ground balls against Georgetown. Hobart nearly doubled up the Hoyas in ground balls, grabbing 30 to GU’s 16. The Statesmen (3-3) were a perfect 9-for-9 clearing, while Georgetown (1-5) was 11-of-17 (65%).
The balanced Hobart offense was led by junior attackman Frank Brown and junior midfielder Kevin Murphy, who produced three points apiece. Senior midfielder Gavin Llewellyn added a pair of goals, junior attackman Sean Donnelly recorded two assists, and junior midfielder Mark Darden had a goal and an assist.
The Hoyas got a game-high six points from Joe Bucci (5g,1a) and five points from Daniel Bucaro (2g,3a).
Bucaro started the day’s scoring, finishing a feed from Bucci. Two minutes later, Darden ripped his seventh goal of the year to tie the game. Midway through the opening quarter, Llewellyn scored a man-up goal to give Hobart the lead. A minute after that, senior Cooper Stefaniak scored off a Darden assist for a 3-1 Hobart advantage. The Hoyas got one back before the end of the opening quarter to make it a 3-2 game entering the second.
Brown stretched Hobart’s lead to two with about seven minutes to go in the first half, but Bucci scored near the three-minute mark to leave the Statesmen a 4-3 halftime lead. It’s the first time this season that Hobart has led at the intermission.
Georgetown opened the second half with back-to-back goals to take a 5-4 lead, but the Statesmen responded with a five-goal run. Brown started the surge with his team-leading 14th goal of the year, set up by a feed from Spallanzani. Llewellyn scored off a pass from Murphy near the six minute mark, followed 47 seconds later by first-year attackman Chris Aslanian‘s tally. Donnelly earned his second assist on the extra-man goal. Junior Max Romm and Murphy hit the back of the net in the last four minutes of the quarter to send Hobart into the final 15 minutes with a 9-5 lead.
Bucaro fed Bucci on consecutive goals in the first minute of the fourth quarter to trim the Hoyas deficit to 9-7. Murphy netted what proved to be the game winner, assisted by Brown, near the 12-minute mark. Bucaro and Bucci scored unassisted to get Georgetown within one with more than eight minutes remaining in the game, but could not solve the Statesmen defense down the stretch.
Junior goalie Jackson Brown made two of his five saves on the day in defense of the one-goal lead. Georgetown’s Nick Morrocco finished with nine stops.
Hobart’s three-game road trip continues on Tuesday, March 15, when they visit Canisius. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version