Hartford vs. Stony Brook
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT – The University of Hartford lacrosse team snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 upset victory over 19th-ranked Stony Brook University on Saturday night at Al-Marzook Field.

The Hawks improved to 2-10 overall and 1-3 in the America East. Hartford’s last conference win came nearly four years ago in a 13-7 final against Binghamton on April 19, 2003. Stony Brook, which was ranked 19th in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, dropped to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in the America East.

Senior Tom Harris led Hartford’s scoring attack with three goals, including the game winner early in the fourth quarter. Senior Jason Whitehouse, junior Steve Roop and sophomore Jake Eustice also finished with goals for the Hawks.

Eustice got the Hawks on the scoreboard first with a goal with 9:20 to play in the first quarter. Stony Brook’s Drew Werney later tied it with 1:42 remaining off a feed from Bo Tripodi, and the teams finished the quarter tied at 1-1. The score was the same at the half after a scoreless second quarter.

The Seawolves took their only lead of the game just over four minutes into the second half when Larry Cerasi found Owen Adams open for a score. The Hawks answered on an unassisted tally by Roop just over a minute later, then took the lead for good with 1:17 to play in the quarter on the first of three-straight goals from Harris.

Harris’ first goal came after senior Rick Zahn picked off a Stony Brook pass during a clear attempt and led a fast break down field. He then flipped to Harris, who went one-on-one with goalie Brendan Callahan to give Hartford a 3-2 lead.

The Hawks carried the momentum into the fourth quarter, scoring just over a minute into the stanza when junior Jonathon Timkey found Harris for his second goal of the night. Harris would complete the hat trick two minutes later on a behind-the-head flick after cutting across the mouth of the goal.

Trailing 5-2, Stony Brook answered with a goal from Ryan Hughes with 10:41 to go to pull within two. Whitehouse, however, would score a minute later to give the Hawks a three-goal cushion. Freshman Rob Steffens was credited with an assist on the play.

The Hawks looked to close the door when SBU’s Jason Joiner picked up a one-minute penalty with 6:34 remaining. The Seawolves, though, picked off a pass and raced down field as Robert Trenkle scored a man-down goal to cut Hartford’s lead to 6-4.

Stony Brook threatened in the final three minutes but was unable to put a shot past sophomore goalie Jon McMahon, who finished the game with five saves. Callahan recorded 10 saves for the Seawolves.

Hartford’s defense held Stony Brook to only four goals, a season low for the Seawolves and the fewest goals allowed by the Hawks since last season in an 11-3 victory over Holy Cross. The last time the Seawolves scored fewer goals in a game was last season against Rutgers (March 28).

Hartford will next play at Brown University on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.