Hartford vs. Vermont
April 30, 2003
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT (April 30) - The University of Hartford lacrosse team advanced to its first-ever America East Championship final with a 6-4, semifinal win over the University of Vermont Wednesday at Al-Marzook Field.

Hartford improved to 9-7 overall and will host No. 2 University at Albany in the championship game on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. Vermont finished the season with an overall record of 5-8.

Hartford raced out to an early 3-0 lead behind a pair of early goals from senior Travis Eckler and a score from sophomore Jeremy Gage. Freshman Matt Holman added another goal later in the quarter to give the Hawks the 4-1 advantage heading into the second stanza.

Hawks' junior Raweras Mitchell tallied what would eventually become the game-winning goal in the second quarter with 7:18 to go to put Hartford up 5-1. Vermont, however, countered with goals from Pat Shea and Phil McKnight to cut the lead to 5-3 by the intermission.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, though each put pressure on net. Each team scored once in the final quarter, and Hartford was able to run out the clock to close the game.

Michael Gabel made seven saves in net for the Catamounts while senior Rorke Greene made 14 stops for the Hawks. The two goalkeepers were the first and second all-conference goalkeepers, respectively. Greene also tied a conference championship record for fewest goals allowed (4).