Hobart 'D' Bookends Tough Win over Fairfield
from press release
GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart defense pitched shutouts in the first and fourth quarters, while the Statesmen attack scored three unanswered goals to close out an 8-7 ECAC victory over Fairfield on Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation. Senior goalie Evan Kirk earned the win with 13 saves, while senior attackman Mike White notched a game-high four points.
Hobart (4-4, 1-0) had the edge in shots (48-46), faceoffs (10-7), and clearing (.882-.750), while Fairfield (4-4, 0-1) enjoyed a slim margin in ground balls (31-30). The Statesmen also committed fewer turnovers (10-11).
Sophomore attackman Tyler Simmons gave Hobart the early lead, scoring the only goal of the first quarter. He finished the day with two goals and an assist.
The Stags seized the momentum early in the second quarter, scoring three straight goals in less than three minutes. Senior attackman Doug Kuring and junior midfielder Brent Adams sandwiched even-strength goals around a man-up tally by first-year attackman Jordan Greenfield for a 3-1 lead with 9:20 left in the opening half.
The Statesmen got the extra-man goal back before the break when first-year attackman Alex Love cashed in a feed from junior midfielder Chris Pedersen. Hobart was fortunate to break through in the second as junior goalie Charlie Cipriano was nearly unbeatable. He logged six of his 14 saves in the second frame.
Fairfield stretched its lead to two with two of the first three goals of the third quarter, but Pedersen set up a second Statesmen man-up goal, this one by sophomore midfielder Tyler Smith, and junior attackman Sam Miller followed with a goal to extend his points streak to 18 game and knot the game at 5-5.
However, Greenfield and first-year attackman Eric Warden found the back of the net in the waning minutes of the third quarter to give the Stags a 7-5 lead heading into the final frame.
At the 10:08 mark, Simmons set the table for first-year midfielder Cam Stone to make it a one-goal game. Fairfield was able to protect its one-goal lead, killing off a pair of penalties, before Hobart pulled even with 4:18 left. White assisted on Miller's team-leading 17th goal of the year, setting up a tension-filled stretch run.
White's fourth assist of the day led to Love's game-winner with three minutes remaining. In a futile attempt to force overtime, the Stags got off three shots, but the first went wide and Kirk handled the other two.
Junior midfielder Bobby Dattilo won 10-of-17 faceoffs and scooped up six ground balls. Senior long-stick midfielder Alex Caton matched Dattilo's six GBs and forced a pair of turnovers.
Fairfield got three-point days from sophomore attackman Sam Snow (2g, 1a) and Adams (1g, 2a).
Hobart will close out its five-game homestand on Saturday, April 2, when the Statesmen host Denver in another ECAC showdown. The opening faceoff is scheduled for noon.
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