Hobart vs. Massachusetts
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y.-Hobart College jumped out to a 7-4 lead on the
10th-ranked University of Massachusetts lacrosse team, but the
Minutemen rallied for a 14-12 ECAC Lacrosse League victory on Boswell
Field this afternoon. The win improves UMass to 8-2 overall, 3-1 in
the ECAC, while the Statesmen slip to 5-5, 1-3.

Hobart's fast start was due in large part to the offensive fireworks
of midfielder Chris David (Georgetown Prep/Silver Springs, Md.). The
sophomore scored the game's opening goal 57 seconds into the contest.
The team's traded goals over the next five minutes to even the game
at 2-2. David then scored back-to-back tallies 38 seconds apart for
his fourth hat trick of the season. He led the Statesmen with four
goals.

First-year attackman Daryl Veltman (Salisbury School/Georgetown,
Ontario) continued Hobart's run, scoring at the 8:28 mark of the
first quarter and setting up junior attackman Mike Conklin (West
Genesee/Syracuse, N.Y.) 25 seconds into the second quarter. The four
unanswered goals gave Hobart a 6-2 lead. Veltman matched David's four
points with a goal and three assists, while Conklin contributed three
goals.

The Minutemen, who boast the No. 10 scoring offense in the nation,
used a 5-1 scoring surge to deadlock the game, 7-7, at halftime.
Junior attackman Sean Morris (Marshfield/Marshfield, Mass.) keyed the
run with the first and last goal in the series. He finished with a
game-high eight point on five goals and three assists.

UMass continued to roll to start the second half, netting four of the
first five goals to build an 11-8 lead. Senior attackman Gene Tundo
(Orchard Park/Orchard Park, N.Y.) recorded the 11th Minuteman goal at
6:42 of the third quarter. He finished with three goals and an
assist.

The teams traded goals over the final 17 minutes as the Statesmen
closed to within two on four separate occasions, but could not get
any closer.

Hobart dominated the faceoff X, as sophomore John Soden
(Delbarton/Chester, N.J.) won 22-of-30 against UMass. The Statesmen
also held a 41-36 advantage on shots and picked up 38 ground balls to
the Minutemen's 34.

Senior goalie Bill Schell (Mahopac/Mahopac, N.Y.) made 12 saves to
earn the win, while senior Dan Valente (Mount Hebron/Ellicott City,
Md.) turned away seven shots for Hobart.

The Statesmen are back in action on April 23, when they travel to St.
John's University for another ECAC matchup. Faceoff is scheduled for
1 p.m.