Love Ties Hobart Mark with Six Goals in Victory
from press release
GENEVA, N.Y. — Junior attackman Alex Love
tied the Hobart College lacrosse team's Division I single game
record for goals in a 12-8 win over Canisius College on Boswell
Field tonight. He scored six times, extending his goal scoring
streak to 16 games and marking the 14th hat trick of his
Love joined John Bogosian '03 (vs. Butler, Feb. 23, 2003) and Daryl Veltman '08 (vs. Bucknell, Feb. 24, 2007) with six-goal games since Hobart moved to Division I in 1995. Love also moved into a tie for sixth place on the Statesmen Division I career goals list, matching Mike Conklin '06 and Chris David '07 at 74 goals.
While Love grabbed the headline, it was a team effort that led the Statesmen (4-2) to victory. Junior attackman Cam Stone handed out five assists, one off his career high, junior attackman Jake McHenry added three points (2g,1a), and senior midfielder Jake Silberlicht (New Hartford/New Hartford, N.Y.) chipped in a goal and an assist. Senior midfielder Derek Akner, sophomore midfielder Zach Reed and first-year midfielder Gavin Llewellyn also hit the back of the net.
After struggling at the faceoff X in the first quarter (1-of-5), Hobart called on Charles Sipe to right the ship. The first-year played beyond his years and won 11-of-17 and grabbed five ground balls over the final three quarters. McHenry and senior defenseman Reid Rosello also scooped up five ground balls, leading the Statesmen to a 35-18 advantage in that category.
Canisius carried a 6-5 lead into halftime due in no small part to its extra-man unit. Hobart was penalized six times for five minutes in the opening 30 minutes and the Golden Griffins (0-5) capitalized, netting three extra-man goals on seven chances (one penalty was a 2 minute non-releasable). Canisius had four more man-up chances in the second half, but the Statesmen put the Griffins in lockdown. The visitors were 3-of-11 with the extra-man for the day. Hobart was 0-for-1.
The Statesmen committed just eight turnovers on the night while the Golden Griffins made 14, 11 of which were caused by Hobart. The Statesmen starting defense of Rosello, senior Sean Regan, and first-year Luke Miller combined for seven caused turnovers, including a career-high matching three for Regan. In goal, junior Peter Zonino made nine saves to earn the win.
On the other sideline, Canisius first-year attackman Vince Gravino had a team-high four points (3g,1a) and a team-high five ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Tim Edwards added three assists and was 6-of-9 on faceoffs with four ground balls. Senior midfielder Joe Rautenstrauch and sophomore attackman Austin Romantic scored two goals apiece. Sophomore goalie Alex Govenettio recorded 12 saves.
Love's record tying performance came in short bursts. He scored back-to-back goals 86 seconds apart in the first quarter. Love netted consecutive goals again in the second quarter. In the third quarter, he sandwiched goals around s strike by Canisius. Each of his two-goal flurries played out the same, the first tied the game and the second gave Hobart the lead. His team-leading 21st goal of the year came with 7:02 left in the third quarter and gave the Statesmen an 8-7 lead. At that point, the Golden Griffins shadowed Love at all times and were quick to slide to him if the ball even headed to his side of the field. That strategy merely opened the field for the rest of the Statesmen.
Rautenstrauch tied the game for the seventh and final time, 8-8, at the 5:42 mark of the third quarter. Then it was Stone's turn to dominate. With a vision rivaling the sharpest, sharp-eyed eagle, he assisted on three straight goals, feeding Silberlicht and McHenry just 71 seconds apart to end the third quarter with Hobart in front 10-8. Stone connected with McHenry again to start the fourth quarter, putting the Statesmen in front 11-8 with 13:13 remaining. Three minutes later, Reed slipped free for his third goal of the year and a 12-8 lead.
Despite being man-down three times in the final 9:20, the Statesmen defense stood firm, improving Hobart's all-time record to 13-1 against Canisius.
The Statesmen will be back in action on Sunday, March 17, when they travel to Robert Morris. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Canisius will stay on the road, visiting VMI on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m.