Hartford vs. Quinnipiac
April 11, 2007
The Game Story:
West Hartford, CT – The University of Hartford Men’s Lacrosse team dropped an 8-7 heartbreaker to Quinnipiac University in overtime on Wednesday night at Al-Marzook field.

The Hawks (1-10 overall) were led by Tom Harris who had three goals and one assist. Jason Whitehouse also added two goals while Jacob Eustice and Bryan Hale each contributed with one goal each.

Quinnipiac (4-5 overall) had its offensive attack led by Mike Annunziata with three goals and Mike Stottler with two. Tucker Prudden, Jon D’Ascoli and Gary Messina all tacked on one goal a piece for the Bobcats.

The Hawks got things going early with Whitehouse hitting the first goal of the day at 11:48. The Bobcats quickly answered back with a Messina goal one minute later. The teams would exchange goals one more time in the half with Harris getting a goal for Hartford at the 4:07 mark and Stottler tacking one on for the Bobcats at 2:32.

With the score tied 2-2 in the second period the Hawks put together a three goal run. Harris hit his second goal of the day for Hartford with 12:06 before the half. Eustice would then ring the bell with a goal at 8:35 off a Harris assist. Whitehouse would get the last goal for Hartford his second of the day to make the score 5-2.

Annunziata then got the hot hand for the Bobcats hitting three goals with 1:46 remaining before halftime. The first goal would come off a Chris Griffin assist while the other two were unassisted and allowed Quinnipiac to tie things up at 5-5.

The Bobcats came up with the early goal in the third quarter when D’Ascoli hit the shot 23 seconds into the period. The Hawks would tie things back up at six goals a piece when Hale came up with a goal off a pass from Jonathon Timkey.

The fourth quarter was not much different then the previous three. Both teams continued to battle with Quinnipiac ringing the bell at the 9:50 mark off a Prudden goal to put the Bobcats up one. Hartford would never give up and forced overtime with 57 seconds remaining in the game when Harris came up with his third goal of the day.

Things did not last long for the Hawks in overtime as the Bobcats came up with the face-off and Stottler hit his second and most important goal of the game to edge the Hawks 8-7.

Jon McMahon went the distance for the Hawks in goal and recorded 13 saves on the day. The Bobcats out-shot the Hawks 38 to 24 and had the advantage in ground balls 36 to 28.

The Hawks will host 18th ranked Stony Brook on Saturday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m.