Binghamton vs. Hartford
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:
VESTAL, NY – The University of Hartford lacrosse team fell short in its attempt at an America East Championship berth on Saturday night, losing 11-9 at Binghamton University in the final game of the regular season.

Both squads entered the game knowing that the winner would earn the conference’s final spot in next week’s championship. Hartford (2-11 overall, 1-4 America East) led in the early stages of each half but couldn’t hold on. Binghamton (3-11 overall, 2-3 America East) scored five of the game’s final seven goals to secure its sixth straight postseason appearance.

Freshmen Ryan Compitello, Aidan Genik and Carter Bender accounted for seven of Hartford’s nine goals. Compitello led the way with three goals while Genik and Bender each added two goals and an assist. Sophomore Vinny Pellizzi also netted a pair of goals for the Hawks. Freshman Scott Bement made eight saves in goal.

Hartford jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the game’s first eight minutes. Compitello scored twice while Bender netted his first of the contest as the Hawks looked to be in control. The Bearcats, however, answered with five straight goals to take a 5-3 lead with 4:44 to play in the half. Genik made the deficit one before going into the halftime intermission, scoring off a feed from senior Jacob Eustice.

After Binghamton went up 6-4 to start the second half, Hartford responded with three straight goals to take back the lead. Genik got things started with his second goal of the contest, and Pellizzi followed suit just over a minute later to tie the game on an unassisted tally. Compitello then notched his third hat trick of the season to put the Hawks up 7-6 with 9:18 left to play in the third quarter.

Binghamton scored three times before the end of the stanza to take a 9-7 advantage into the final quarter. Hartford pulled to within a goal on a score by Pellizzi to start the period, but Binghamton added a pair of insurance goals midway through the quarter to go up 11-8. Bender’s final goal came with 4:20 remaining, and neither team scored in the closing minutes as the Bearcats held onto the two-goal margin.

Genik finished the season with a team-high 34 points on 24 goals and 10 assists, the most points by a Hartford player since Josh Wasson-McQuigge in 2006 (41). Compitello had 20 goals and a team-best 13 assists for 33 points. The two are the first freshmen teammates in the school’s Division I history to record 30-point seasons.