Holy Cross vs. Hartford
February 23, 2013
The Game Story:
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Rory Nunamacher netted a hat trick, and rookie Jack Bobzien tallied four points on two goals and a pair of assists, but it wasn't enough for the University of Hartford men's lacrosse team as it suffered an 11-9 loss at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks fall to 0-2 on the season while the Crusaders improve to 1-1 overall.

A flurry of Holy Cross goals in the opening minutes of the second quarter proved to be the difference in the game as the Hawks fell behind by six goals and was never able to recover. Hartford managed to trim its 8-2 deficit down to a pair of goals in the fourth quarter but was unable to complete the comeback.

Facing the early six-goal deficit, the Hawks responded from a 5-0, second quarter Crusaders' run by netting the next three goals, including the final two of the first half, to bring the gap down to three.

Bobzien had a share in all three of the Hawks' goals during that rally, netting his first in a Hartford uniform with 4:12 left to play before the break. After assisting on Nunamacher's second tally of the contest in the final minutes of the half, the rookie opened up the second half with another goal just eight seconds in to make it an 8-5 game.

From there, the momentum shifted back in favor of Holy Cross with Myles Gillespie and Matt Ward delivering back-to-back tallies to put the Crusaders back ahead at 10-5 with 5:21 left to play in the third.

In the closing minutes of the third, the Hawks netted two of the last three goals of the quarter, trimming their deficit to four. Junior Andrew Cacchio scored both of Hartford's goals 66 seconds apart from each other to shift the score to 10-7 before Terry McKenna found the back of the net with 51 seconds left to push the Crusaders' lead back to four at 11-7.

Hartford made it interesting, cutting its deficit in half in the fourth quarter, however it was never able to fully recover from the barrage of first-half Holy Cross goals. With 6:15 left in regulation, sophomore Kevin O'Shea scored his first goal of the season while Nunamacher followed suit with two minutes to go, delivering his third marker of the game and bringing his team within two goals.

Holy Cross held edges in both shots (49-34) and ground balls (29-18) and also finished with the advantage at the face-off X, going 14-of-24. Both teams struggled in extra-man opportunities with the Hawks going 0-for-3 and the Crusaders converting on just one of five man-up situations.

Redshirt junior Drew Haig rounded out the scoring for the Hawks on the afternoon, with his second goal of the season ending Holy Cross' 3-0, game-opening run. Classmate Frank Piechota played all 60 minutes between the pipes, making 15 saves.

The Hawks continue the search for their first win of the season when they host the Brown Bears on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m.