Hobart vs. Penn State
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y.—Senior attackman Daryl Veltman (Salisbury School/Coquitlam, B.C.) scored a game-high five goals, including the 100th of his career, to lead the Hobart College lacrosse team to an 8-6 ECAC win over Penn State on Boswell Field. He is just the 16th Statesman to reach that career milestone and the first to do so playing exclusively in Division I.

With the win, Hobart (5-4, 2-2 ECAC) snapped a three-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions (4-5, 1-3) and won consecutive conference games for the first time since joining the ECAC in 2005.

Junior attackman Jeff Colburn (CNS/Liverpool, N.Y.) added two goals and two assists for the Statesmen, while sophomore midfielder Doug Shiver (Delbarton/Morristown, N.J.) chipped in a goal and an assist.

Junior attackman Rob Forster led Penn State with two goals and an assist, while senior midfielder Andrew Mackrides (1-1) and junior midfielders Charley Henneghan (2-0) and Matt Warner (0-2) each contributed two points.

Sophomore goalie Max Silberlicht (New Hartford/New Hartford, N.Y.) led another strong showing by the Hobart defense, recording 14 saves in the win, while junior Drew Adams turned back 11 for the Nittany Lions.

Veltman extended his point scoring streak to 25 games with the only goal of the first quarter, lacing home a blistering shot from 20-yards out.

Less than a minute into the second frame, Colburn gave the Statesmen a two-goal edge, finishing a feed from Shiver. Penn State countered with three straight goals. Forster, Mackrides, and Henneghan gave the visitors a 3-2 lead with goals that all came in unsettled situations. Henneghan’s goal came with the added bonus of a 1 minute slashing penalty against the Statesmen.

The defense was able to kill off the penalty with Silberlicht making a save as the penalty expired. He threw an outlet pass to midfield, giving Hobart a chance in transition. Colburn found Veltman 4 yards out, who tied the game with a shot to the upper right corner of the cage at the 4:43 mark. Neither team put another shot on goal before halftime.

The Nittany Lions took one-goal leads twice in the third quarter and once more early in the fourth, but each time the Statesmen answered. Forster opened the second half scoring with his team-leading 11th goal, but just over a minute later, Colburn again set the table for a Veltman score. Sophomore attackman Matt Loy put PSU up 5-4 at the 4:52 mark, but Shiver countered with 35 seconds left in the third, sneaking home a bouncing shot that lost significant velocity in the mud, a chance of pace that Adams didn’t anticipate.

The Lions seized their final lead of the contest at the 12:16 mark of the fourth quarter when Henneghan scored the only extra-man goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Veltman hit the century mark. He drove up the left side of the cage with a Penn State defender on his right shoulder. With his back to the goal, Veltman shoveled an underhand shot into the upper right corner, catching everyone in the stadium by surprise.

“I came around the corner,” Veltman said. “I saw the guy sliding down and I knew I couldn’t turn and shoot, so I just tried to throw it underhand and see what happened. Luckily it all worked out.”

“Daryl does some things that not too many guys can do,” Hobart coach Matt Kerwick ’90 said. “That goal, in particular, showed that. He just kind of threw it from his ankles, behind his back. That was something I’ve never seen him do. It’s an athletic play made by a great player.”

Colburn scored what proved to be the game-winner with 8:05 remaining and Veltman added an insurance goal off an assist from senior attackman Jamie Kirk (Orangeville, Ontario), who extended his points streak to 24 games.

Ground balls (40-40) and shots (35-33 Hobart) were fairly even, while Penn State enjoyed an 11-7 edge at the X. However, senior faceoff specialist Dan Spinella (New Hartford/New Hartford, N.Y.) was at his best when it mattered most, winning four of five in the fourth quarter.

Hobart is back in action on April 12, when the Statesmen visit UMass. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.