Hobart vs. Presbyterian
March 18, 2008
The Game Story:
RICHMOND, Va.—The Hobart College lacrosse team used 13 consecutive goals to rout Presbyterian College 19-4 at Collegiate School’s Grover Jones Field. Senior attackman Daryl Veltman (Salisbury School/Coquitlam, B.C.) produced a game-high four points, while three other Statesmen recorded three-point efforts.

Hobart (3-2) sophomore attackman Kevin Curtin (Corcoran/Syracuse, N.Y.) notched his second hat trick of the season. Senior attackman Jamie Kirk (Salisbury School/Orangeville, Ontario) logged two goals and an assist, while sophomore attackman Daniel Keegan (Georgetown Prep/Rockville, Md.) had a goal and two assists.

Junior Brad Hester (Woodbridge/Woodbridge, Va.) got the start in goal in his home state, earning the win by stopping 8-of-11 shots on cage. In just over 36 minutes of work, he also picked up a game-high seven ground balls, while lending his athleticism to Hobart’s clearing success (20-25).

First-year goalie Evan Kirk (Salisbury School/Orangeville, Ontario) made nine saves on 10 shots in relief of Hester.

Hobart outshot Presbyterian 46-43 and dominated ground balls (43-25). Both teams won 13 faceoffs. Ben Ewing was 12-of-19 at the X for the Blue Hose, while Statesmen first-year Nunzio Doldo (Immaculate Heart/Watertown, N.Y.) won eight of the 14 restarts he took.

One stat that was both disconcerting and at the same time, encouraging, was penalties. Hobart was flagged 12 times for 10 minutes worth of penalties, but the Statesmen killed off all 12 man-up chances Presbyterian had, raising their penalty kill rate to .865.

Ewing opened the day’s scoring 97 seconds into the contest to give Presbyterian (0-9) its only lead of the game. He led the Blue Hose with two goals.

The Statesmen shrugged off the threat, by scoring 13 unanswered goals, the most impressive of which was Kirk’s tally at the 5:23 mark of the first quarter.

With Hobart down two men, the Blue Hose ripped a shot that was blocked by a Statesman and ricocheted out of bounds near midfield. Hobart backed the shot up and sophomore defenseman Neal Brown (Landon/Potomac, Md.) threw a 50-yard diagonal pass to Kirk near the top corner of the restraining box. The senior wound up and stuck his shot over Jon Athens’ (13 saves) shoulder for a 3-1 lead.

The Statesmen led 6-1 at the end of the first quarter and 14-3 at halftime.

Senior James Farmer (Daniel Hand/Madison, Conn.), sophomore Doug Shiver (Delbarton/Morristown, N.J.) and Keegan, and first-years Nick Blumer (CNS/Cicero, N.Y.), Danny Mullin (Manhasset/Manhasset, N.Y.), Jeremy Tissenbaum (Mt. Lebanon/Mt. Lebanon, Pa.), and Mike White (Nichols School/Buffalo, N.Y.) all recorded their first goals of the season for Hobart. In all, 16 different Statesmen scored goals.

The Statesmen will wrap up their three-game road trip on Fri., March 21, at Rutgers. The ECAC Lacrosse League contest is scheduled to face off at 7 p.m.