Hartford Beats Dartmouth with 15 Seconds Left
from press release
HANOVER, N.H. – For the second time this
season, University of Hartford midfielder Garrett Dollard provided
the heroics for the Hawks' men's lacrosse team, this time netting
the game-winning goal with 15.6 remaining in regulation to propel
his team to an 8-7 win at Dartmouth in the 2013 non-conference
finale on Tuesday afternoon.
Hartford, which continues its road trip on Saturday when it pays Binghamton a visit at 1 p.m., improves to 5-5 on the year. The victory was a historic one for the Hawks as they had never defeated Dartmouth (2-9) in six attempts.
Dollard finished with a team-best two goals while Alex Matarazzo, a long stick midfielder, contributed a pair of points on a goal and an assist. Rounding out the Hartford goals were Kevin O'Shea, Rory Nunamacher, Jack Bobzien and Tim Engel. Between the pipes, the Hawks received a solid outing from Frank Piechota, who registered 15 saves on the afternoon.
Hartford (5-5) broke open a 4-4 halftime tie with a pair of goals in the third quarter thanks to goals by O'Shea and Engel at 9:23 and 5:29, respectively. During that stretch, the Hawks' defense kept Dartmouth's offense silent, not conceding a goal during the entre quarter to maintain that 6-4 cushion heading into the final 15 minutes.
That scoreless Big Green drought, which started with 6:11 left to play until halftime, extended more than two minutes into the fourth, a span of just under 24 minutes.
Chris Costabile put an end to Dartmouth's goal less spurt with 12:37 left in regulation, scoring unassisted to close his team's gap to a single goal at 7-6. Franze had an answer for the Hawks, though, beating Big Green goalie Bernie Susskind to the back of the net to re-extend the visiting team's lead to a pair of tallies at 8-6.
Less than 90 seconds later, the Big Green rallied back, reeling off two-straight scores within a span of 30 seconds to force the fourth tie of the contest at seven-all with four minutes to go.
With 1:17 remaining on the regulation clock, Dartmouth called for timeout, and out of the break, saw Jack Connolly fire a shot at the Hartford goal with 57 seconds to go. That shot sailed high over the crossbar, and Hartford gained possession.
Following a successful clear, Connolly was whistled for a penalty, forcing the Big Green to play one man short for the final 36 seconds. The Hawks used that extra-man opportunity to their advantage as Bobzien, the nation's top freshman in assists, fed Dollard for the game winner with just over 15 seconds to go in the contest.
Dartmouth had one final shot, as Phil Hession, who helped lead his team to an 11-of-19 advantage at the faceoff X, won the ensuing duel and rifled a shot with five ticks on the clock. Piechota was in perfect place to make the rejection, preserving the win for the Hawks.
The Big Green led in shots, 44-36, and held a 31-24 edge in ground balls. Susskind also finished with 15 saves on the evening.
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