Vermont vs. Hartford
April 9, 2003
The Game Story:
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Hartford Hawks scored four straight goals in the second half to overcome a 5-3 deficit and went on to defeat Vermont, 7-6, in an America East men's lacrosse game Wednesday at Middlebury's Kohn Field.

Hartford, 2-0 in the conference and 5-5 overall, got two key second-half goals from freshman Garett Kikot, the last of which was the eventual game-winner with 6:05 remaining in the game. Senior goalie Rorke Greene, the Co-Player of the Week in America East, had nine saves, including a huge stop on Vermont's Mike Maher (Huntington Station, N.Y.) with two seconds remaining.

Vermont, 4-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play, had a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, thanks to goals from freshman Matt Taylor (Butler, Md.) and Chris Legare (Derry, N.H.) and five saves from sophomore Michael Gabel (Falmouth, Mass.), the Co-Player of the Week in America East along with Greene. The game was tied, 3-3, at halftime before Vermont took a 5-3 lead on goals by Taylor and junior Phil McKnight (Baltimore, Md.). Hartford responded with four straight, with Travis Eckler scoring from B.J. Lavoie late in the third quarter before Kikot sandwiched goals around a tally by Chris Sauro.

Taylor led the Catamounts with two goals and an assist, while senior Thomas Hajek (St. Catharines, Ontario) also had two goals and Legare had a goal and an assist. Gabel finished with nine saves for Coach Steve Beville's team.

Vermont plays at Binghamton Saturday.