Hartford vs. Maryland
February 16, 2013
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Hartford men's lacrosse team had its hands full in its season opener on Saturday afternoon, as it fell to the Maryland Terrapins, the second-ranked team in the nation, 16-4, in front of 1,747 at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. The national runner-up from a year ago never skipped a beat, jumping out to a quick advantage and never relinquishing it.

Four different players reached the scoring column for the Hawks, who drop to 0-1 on the young season. Paced by five goals from Owen Blye and three from Kevin Cooper, Maryland improves to 2-0.

Frank Piechota, a redshirt junior, made 13 saves between the pipes for the Hawks, coming up with stops on several Terrapin shot attempts from point blank range.

Seven different Terrapins scored in the first half to help the visiting team grab an eight-goal advantage leading in to the halftime break. Cooper and Blye contributed two markers a piece during that stretch while John Haus combined for three points on a goal and a pair of assists.

Blye put Maryland on the scoreboard just 65 seconds out of the opening face-off and three minutes later, Cooper made it 2-0 on an unassisted score off of a scramble on a Terrapins' clear attempt. The Terrapins went up, 4-0, on a score by Jake Bernhardt followed by an extra-man chance from Mike Chanenchuk before the Hawks netted their first goal of the year with 1:33 left to play in the first.

Hartford converted on its first extra-man opportunity of the game as rookie Jack Bobzien provided a feed to Andrew Cacchio, who beat Terps keeper Niko Amato after hitting the upper right part of the net to cut the Hawks' deficit to three at 4-1.

From there, Maryland went on to score the final goal of the first quarter, as a ball that Piechota got a piece of trickled over the goal line. The second quarter got off to a similar start as the first with the Terrapins netting all four markers of the period to take a commanding 9-1 advantage.

Blye kept the momentum going for Maryland with back-to-back goals to start the third quarter, putting the Terps up by a score of 11-1. The visiting squad then went on to take a 13-1 advantage before Hartford ended its scoring drought with a goal from redshirt junior Drew Haig.

Haig's unassisted score at 5:56 came after one-timing the Terps goalie in front of the crease, doubling his team's goal total.

Before the end of the third, Maryland's lead grew to 13 at 15-2 as Jay Carlson found the back of the net for the second time of the afternoon and Billy Gribbin followed up 90 seconds later with his first goal of the contest.

In the final quarter, Hartford scored two of three goals, to make it 16-4. Just 57 seconds into the period, Jared Franze connected off a feed from Garrett Dollard. Austin Gorman, a freshman, made it back-to-back for the Hawks for the first time in the game on a pass from Haig to cut his team's deficit to 12 with 9:48 left to play.

Bobby Gribbin closed out the offense for the afternoon with 9:20 left on the clock.

Maryland finished with a 51-32 advantage in shots and held a 14-of-24 advantage at the face-off X.

The Hawks play their next game on the road on Sat., Feb. 23 when they travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at 3:00 p.m.