Hartford vs. Presbyterian
April 13, 2009
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT The University of Hartford lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the 2009 season in a 14-5 final over Presbyterian College on Monday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

Hartford (1-10 overall) dominated PC in nearly every category en route to its largest margin of victory since the 2006 season. The 14 goals were a season high for the Hawks, who outshot the Blue Hose 47-28. Freshmen Carter Bender, Aidan Genik and Ryan Compitello combined for nine goals and 15 points on the day while classmate Scott Bement picked up the win in goal.

Five different players scored for Presbyterian (1-10), which was playing its final game of the season. The Blue Hose scored three man-up goals and went 20-for-23 in clears.

Hartford never trailed in the game and led 8-2 by halftime. Bender scored three times in the first half while Compitello added two goals. Sophomore Sean King and freshman Clark De Geer also scored the first goals of their career in the stanza.

Bement and the Hartford defense shut out PC in the third quarter. The Hawks scored once in the frame on an unassisted tally by junior Justin Bearse to take a 9-2 lead.

Bearse connected with Genik for a goal to open the fourth quarter, and Genik later returned the favor to Bender for a man-up goal that put the Hawks up 11-2. After a PC goal from Patrick Foy, the Hawks tacked on their final three goals of the afternoon to take their biggest lead at 14-3. Freshman Martin Bowes and senior David Spivey each scored their first goals of the season during the span as the Hawks coasted to victory.

Genik led all scorers with a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists. Bender finished with a career-high four goals while Compitello added two goals and two assists.

Bement finished with 10 saves while recording the first win of his career. Sophomore Tim Fallon also had a strong game for the Hawks, winning 16 of 21 face-offs while scooping up 11 ground balls. Hartford finished 17-of-22 in the face-off circle for the game.

Hartford, still in the hunt for a berth in the upcoming America East Championship, will host UMBC in its final home game of the season on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the Hawks will honor their seven seniors in a special ceremony.