Hartford vs. Yale
March 24, 2009
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT – The University of Hartford lacrosse team lost a 9-7 decision to Yale University on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

Freshman Aidan Genik scored three goals to lead Hartford (0-7 overall), his third hat trick of the season. Senior Jacob Eustice and freshman Ryan Compitello also added two goals apiece for the Hawks while junior Justin Bearse recorded a pair of assists. Yale (4-3 overall) was led by Michael Karwoski, who netted three goals and added an assist.

The Bulldogs struck first when Gregory Mahony scored with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter. Karwoski then added a score with two seconds to play in the stanza to put Yale up 2-0. Karwoski stretched the lead to 3-0 with another goal with 11:42 to play in the second quarter.

Hartford finally got on the board just over a minute later, as Bearse connected with Genik for the first of his three goals. The Hawks then scored a man-up goal by Eustice to pull within one at 3-2. Yale answered right back, however, winning a face-off and scoring on a shot by Brian Douglass. The Bulldogs took the 4-2 advantage into the halftime intermission.

Karwoski put the Bulldogs ahead 5-2 in the opening minute of the second half, but the Hawks answered by stringing together consecutive goals to pull back to within one. Eustice scored on an unassisted effort while Bearse found Genik again for another goal.

The two teams combined to score four goals over a 90-second stretch midway through the third quarter. After the teams traded scores, Yale extended the lead to 8-5 on back-to-back goals by Matt Gibson and Mahony within a 13-second span.

Following the scoring barrage, neither team found the back of the net for the next 11 minutes. Genik finally ended the drought, scoring his third goal of the day with 10:50 to play off a feed from classmate Carter Bender. The goal closed the deficit to 8-6, though Gibson scored his second goal of the day with 6:48 remaining to give the Bulldogs a three-goal buffer once again. Compitello netted Hartford’s final goal with 2:30 to go, though Yale controlled possession in the final minutes to run the clock down.

Yale outshot Hartford 34-30 and held a 32-26 edge in ground balls. Goalie Jonathan Falcone made 12 saves for the Bulldogs in the victory. Freshman Scott Bement made nine saves in goal for the Hawks.

Hartford will next open America East play at Vermont on Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m.