Hartford vs. Stony Brook
April 20, 2013
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Hartford men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-9 heartbreaker as the Stony Brook Seawolves scored six seconds into the overtime period securing the victory. The win evens the Hawks (7-5 overall) America East record at 2-2, now in a three way tie for second place overall with Stony Brook and UMBC.

The Hawks were led by sophomore Kevin O'Shea and junior Andrew Cacchio who each finished with a hat trick. This is the fourth time this season O'Shea has scored three or more goals and the second straight as the attacker finished with three at Binghamton last Saturday. For Cacchio this is the third time this season he has scored three or more goals and the second time in league play as he finished with three against UMBC.

Three different Hawks would account for the final three goals with senior Rory Nunamacher scoring once in his final home game in the scarlet and white. Joining him was freshman Jack Bobzien and Ty Shuldt. Bobzien added a game-best three assists while Nunamacher, Schuldt and Tate Klidonas all added one. Redshirt junior Frank Piechota played the full 60:06 between the pipes for Hartford collecting 10 saves. Piechota faced a total of 33 Seawolves shots with 20 of those on goal.

The Hawks would need to work from behind early as the Seawolves opened up an early 2-0 lead on goals from Mike Rooney and Jeff Tundo. Hartford would score two in the first quarter, with the Seawolves taking a 3-2 advantage into the first intermission. Schuldt put the Hawks on the board with his lone goal at the 5:19 mark of the first period as he connected with Bobzien for the score.

After the Seawolves re-extended their lead to two, the Hawks answered with just under three minutes left in the first period with Schuldt providing the pass to Cacchio who scored his first of three.

Stony Brook then regained a two score lead 1:41 into the second period with an unassisted goal from Tundo, his second of the game. Hartford answered by scoring the final two goals of the half knotting the score at four going into the halftime intermission. Bobzien would score the first of those two, his 10th of the season, unassisted with 10:23 remaining in the period while Cacchio scored his second of the game with 111 seconds remaining before the break to tie the score at four.

The Seawolves scored the second of three man-up goals at the mid-point of the third quarter to gain a 5-4 advantage thanks to an unassisted score from Brody Eastwood. The Hawks would then rattle off three straight to take a 7-5 lead, their largest of the game. Cacchio began the scored with O'Shea and Nunamacher providing the second and third in the run, both of which came 20 seconds apart.

The two-goal advantage for Hartford would remain at the end of the third period as the teams exchanged goals before the horn with O'Shea scoring with 27 seconds remaining as he circled the goal to score his second of the game.

The Seawolves answered by scoring the first three goals in the fourth quarter, taking a 9-8 advantage with 3:50 remaining before the final buzzer. Matt Schultz would score the last two for the Seawolves, scoring almost exactly three minutes apart. Hartford answered with O'Shea scoring his third and final goal with 2:08 remaining. The Hawks would have an opportunity to score with the possession and 50 seconds remaining but Seawolves keeper Dan Shaughnessy stopped the Hawks attempt.

The Seawolves then switched things up to start the overtime period, sending JJ Laforet into the circle for his first faceoff of the game. He would win the faceoff and proceed straight into the goal firing the game-winning shot point blank beating the Hawks keeper. Laforet and the Seawolves used just six seconds in the sudden-victory over time.

The Hawks will travel north to Burlington, Vt. for their final regular season contest on Saturday, April 27 against the Vermont Catamounts. The Catamounts enter their Senior Day game having scored their first victory of the season today when they defeated Binghamton 8-7 in Vestal. The Hawks and Cats are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. opening faceoff.