Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hobart dominates 3rd quarter, tops Binghamton 16-7

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Hobart College lacrosse team used a big third quarter to pull away from Binghamton University, posting a 16-7 non-conference victory at Bearcats Sports Complex this afternoon. The Statesmen improved to 3-1 on the young season, while extending the Bearcats' season-opening losing streak to three games.

Senior faceoff specialist Matthew Pedicine continued his dominant ways, winning 19-of-26 faceoffs and scooping up a game-high 15 ground balls. Nine different Statesmen factored into the scoring led by senior Chris Aslanian's six-point day on two goals and four assists. Junior Eric Holden, sophomore Ryan Archer and first-year Jason Knox all recorded hat tricks. Holden also handed out two assists for five points.

On the defensive end of the field, junior Sam Lucchesi made a season-high 14 saves to earn the win in goal. Junior defenseman PJ Delpha contributed a team-high three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

The Statesmen fired off a season-high 66 shots, the most since taking 70 against Lehigh on March 23, 2002.

Joe Licata logged a team-high three points on a goal and two assists for Binghamton. Goalies Robert Martin and Kevin Carbone each played 30 minutes. Martin made 10 first half saves and Carbone turned away 13 shots in the second half.

After a low-scoring first half that saw Hobart take a 5-4 lead into the break, the Statesmen turned the tide decisively in their favor with a seven-goal third quarter. Archer and Knox each scored twice in the frame, while Aslanian had a goal and three assists.

Thirty-seven seconds into the second half, Aslanian found the back of the net. BU got it back to a one-goal game two minutes later, but Holden (assisted by Aslanian) and Archer scored less than a minute apart kicking off a 7-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. Two minutes later, Scott (assisted by Aslanian) and Archer scored 33 seconds apart to double up the Bearcats 10-5. Knox scored the final two goals of the quarter 35 seconds apart, the first goal (assisted by Aslanian) was the second of three Statesmen extra-man goals.

Just over a minute into the fourth quarter, senior Stanny Gilbertson gave Hobart a 13-5 lead with an outstanding individual effort. He grabbed a ground ball in the defensive end, cleared the ball and then ripped a shot past Carbone.

Less than a minute later, BU broke out of its 14-minute scoring drought, but the Statesmen squashed any hopes for a comeback by firing home three consecutive goals for a 16-6 lead with two minutes to go.

Pedicine became the sixth Division I Statesmen to recorded 200 career ground balls, raising his total to 214. He passed Andrew Narog '06 for fifth place.

Aslanian continued his pursuit of Hobart's career scoring marks. He now has 157 career points, three shy of Alex Love '15 and five behind Daryl Veltman '08, the only two Division I Statesmen with more points. Aslanian's two goals tied him for seventh place with Frank Brown '17 (81). With 76 career assists, Aslanian is three shot of Nate Hill '05 and nine behind Cam Stone '14, the only two Division I Statesmen with more helpers.

Hobart's Tuesday showdown at Colgate was postponed for the second week in a row, meaning the Statesmen will return to action on Saturday, March 9, when they take on the University of Vermont at Dunning Stadium in New Canaan, Conn. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Recap, photo courtesy of Hobart College

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