Hartford Gets Goal With :01 Left, Beats Stony Brook in OT
from press release
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Junior Rory Nunamacher tied the game up with one second remaining in regulation and senior Carter Bender followed suit with the game-winning tally 56 seconds into overtime as the University of Hartford men's lacrosse team handed the Stony Brook Seawolves its first loss in America East play in an 11-10 decision at La Valle Stadium on Saturday evening.
With the victory, Hartford, the defending 2011 America East champions, locked up one of four spots in the upcoming conference tournament, joining Stony Brook (4-9), Albany and UMBC.
Nunamacher finished with a game-best four goals to help the Hawks even their record in league play at 2-2.
Bender finished with a pair of goals while Jared Franze recorded three points on one goal and a pair of assists. Jeff Tundo and Robbie Campbell paced Stony Brook's offense with three points apiece on two goals and an assist.
The Hawks (5-8), who were outshot by a margin of 14-11 in the first half, trailed for the entire opening stanza and entered the halftime break facing a one goal deficit at 6-5.
Out of the intermission, Nunamacher's third goal of the evening at the 10:21 mark tied the game up for the first time since 1-1 at six goals apiece. Less than two minutes later, Connor Yatauro shoveled in his third goal of the year from 10 yards out to give Hartford its first advantage of the contest at 7-6 with 8:29 to go in the third.
The lead didn't last long for the Hawks, however, as Robbie Campbell, who was one of three Seawolves to finish with a pair of goals, evened the game up at 7-7 after wrapping around the crease and sneaking a shot past Hartford keeper Scott Bement. Forty-two seconds later, the Seawolves went back-to-back to regain the one goal edge at 8-7 with less than three minutes remaining in the stanza.
After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless lacrosse at La Valle Stadium, Stony Brook pushed its lead to a pair of goals after Michael Rooney converted on a Hartford turnover with 7:08 remaining on the regulation clock. Less than two minutes later, senior Martin Bowes fed junior Jared Franze from seven yards out who in turn put away Hartford's eighth goal of the evening to again cut the home team's edge to a single goal.
With time winding down in regulation, rookie Kevin O'Shea had the answer for the Hawks, tying the game at nine all with his first goal of the night. Dollard, who racked up two points on the night, was credited with the assist that provided deadlocked the game for the fourth time.
With 17 seconds left, Robbie Campbell delivered what looked to be the dagger for the Hawks, putting the Seawolves ahead, this time at 10-9, with an unassisted score. After winning the ensuing face-off, Hartford called for timeout with eight seconds left. Out of the break, Franze set up the heroics for Nunamacher, who put the finishing touches on his fourth goal and tied the game at 10-10 with just one tick of the clock remaining on the scoreboard.
Hartford finished with a 28-25 lead in the shots column and won 13-of-24 face-offs on the evening. In addition, the Hawks' man-down unit was a perfect 3-for-3 on the evening. Bement finished with six saves in goal while Sean Brady, his counterpart, recorded eight rejections for the Seawolves. The Hawks needed just 56 seconds of extra time to score their second-straight victory over Stony Brook as Bender let the game-winning shot fly with 3:04 left on the clock.
The Hawks host the Vermont Catamounts in their final game of the 2012 regular season on Saturday, April 28 under the lights of Al-Marzook Field. Prior to the 7:00 p.m. opening face-off, 12 members of Hartford's senior class will be honored with a Senior Night ceremony.
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