Bender Sparks Hartford Comeback; Compitello Wins It in Overtime
from press release
HAMDEN, Conn. – The University of
Hartford men’s lacrosse team secured its fourth win of the
season in come-from-behind fashion, erasing a four-goal halftime
deficit to defeat Quinnipiac in overtime, 10-9, on Saturday
afternoon at Quinnipiac University Lacrosse Turf Field. The Hawks
improve to 4-3 overall while the Bobcats, who snapped a two-game
win streak, drops to 2-3 on the season.
After chipping away at a 6-2 halftime deficit to find themselves down 8-7 in the final quarter, Hartford’s Carter Bender reeled off three-straight goals within a span of two minutes to tie the game for the first time since opening face-off and give the Hawks their first lead at 9-8. The midfielder scored at the 5:47 mark on an assist from Ryan Compitello and struck again with the equalizer 45 seconds later. Bender delivered the go-ahead goal on another feed from Compitello with 2:45 remaining however Quinnipiac answered, finding the back of the net with just 68 seconds remaining in regulation.
In overtime, Bender returned the favor as Compitello let the game-winning shot fly with just 12 ticks remaining on the score clock. During the extra period, sophomore Frank Piechota was stellar in goal stopping all four of the Bobcats’ attempts to preserve the deadlock.
Juniors Bender and Compitello led the Hawks in scoring with four points each. Bender netted three goals with an assist while Compitello, who scored once, dished out three helpers. For the Bobcats, Christian Haggerty scored three times and assisted twice for a game-best five points.
The Hawks, who were plagued by turnovers in the first period, found themselves down early as Quinnipiac put the first tally on the scoreboard just 77 seconds after the opening face-off on an unassisted goal by Haggerty. The Bobcats then converted one of Hartford’s nine first quarter giveaways into their second goal at the 5:21 mark to put the home team ahead, 2-0.
Hartford got on the scoreboard with 4:21 remaining in the first when attackman Ryan Compitello found sophomore Rory Nunamacher who to end the scoring drought. Quinnipiac pushed its lead in the second quarter when Basil Kostaras shoveled in his team’s third goal when he was left unguarded in front of the net. Tate Klidonas responded with a score for the Hawks before the Bobcats closed out the half with three unanswered goals to go up 6-2 at the half.
The Hawks won the third quarter and cut the Bobcats’ lead in half, scoring four goals while holding their opponents to two. Hartford struck first in the period when sophomore Jared Franze found the back of the net from point blank range at the 13:11 mark. The Bobcats were quick to get the goal back however as Schnibbe found Haggerty out of the face-off and regained the four-goal lead just 10 seconds later.
The battle of ground balls was won by the Hawks (40-30), who also finished on top in the face-off circle winning 16-of-22 duels. Hartford and Quinnipiac each attempted 34 shots. In goal, Piechota made 11 saves and Quinnipiac’s Kevin Benzing stopped 12 shots.
Hartford returns to the friendly confines of Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium to face another Nutmeg State Opponent for a mid-week match-up. The battle between the in-state rivals is set for Wed., Mar. 23 with opening faceoff slated for 4 p.m.
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