All four Hobart College seniors scored to lead the Statesmen to a 15-10 Northeast Conference men’s lacrosse win over Sacred Heart University at Boswell Field today. Hobart completed the regular season with an 8-6 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the NEC.
Senior Cooper Stefaniak led the way with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists, while classmate Gavin Llewellyn added a goal and an assist, and Teddy Sisco and Ryan Cochran each scored once. First-year Chris Aslanian matched Stefaniak’s four-point day and junior Max Romm recorded a hat trick. The Statesmen finished the day with 10 assists, the most for the program since notching 12 at Wagner in 2014.
Hobart controlled the faceoff X (21-8) and ground balls (32-19). First-year Matthew Pedicine won 11-of-16 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls while J Andrew Spallanzani won 10-of-13 and grabbed three GBs. Stefaniak also picked up six ground balls to share game-high honors with Pedicine.
Junior goalie Jackson Brown earned his eight win of the season with 12 saves on 18 shots in 52 minutes of work. The Statesmen Division I season record for wins is nine, set by Dan Valente in 2004.
Senior Alex Dodge paced the Pioneers (2-14, 0-6) with four goals and an assist. He finished his career with 102 career points. Junior Bryce Jurk also had five points on three goals and two assists. First-year goalie Greg Price matched his season-high with 16 saves, including seven in the third quarter.
The Statesmen got off to a fast start as sophomore J Andrew Spallanzani won the opening faceoff and scored his first goal of the season just seven seconds into the game. Junior Sean Donnelly and Stefaniak followed with goals about a minute apart to stake the home team to a 3-0 lead. The teams traded goals to the end of the first quarter with Hobart leading 6-3 after one.
Dodge almost single-handedly got Sacred Heart back into the game with back-to-back goals about a minute and a half apart midway through the second quarter to make it a one-goal game. The Statesmen regained the momentum thanks to goals by junior Frank Brown and Aslanian for an 8-5 halftime lead.
The third quarter had just two goals, an early tally by Aslanian and late strike by Jurk.
Hobart doubled up Sacred Heart with a four-goal run to start the fourth quarter, including scores by Llewellyn, Sisco, and Stefaniak. Romm broke the seniors strangle hold on the scoring to give Hobart a 12-6 lead with 7:53 remaining.
At that point, the Statesmen began to empty the bench.
The Pioneers netted the next four goals to make it a 13-10 game with 2:13 remaining, but Cochran finished a feed from Stefaniak and sophomore Mason Burr capped the day’s scoring with under a minute to go.
The Hobart victory secured the No. 3 seed in the NEC Tournament which will be hosted by Saint Joseph’s University. The Statesmen will play No. 2 Bryant on Thursday, May 5 in Philadelphia.