The University of Hartford lacrosse team this season has already won as many games as they did a year ago.
Last Wednesday at Alumni Stadium the Hawks defeated Holy Cross 10-6, making Hartford 2-4 and Holy Cross 2-5 on the season.
Leading the way for Hartford were sophomores Aidan Genik and Ryan Compitello with five goals and eight points on the day while sophomore Scott Bement tallied his fourth career win in goal. Junior Michael Cudmore contributed three points for the team with two goals and an assist.
For the Crusaders, senior attackman Chris Smirti led the way with three goals and an assist. Freshman James Kennedy helped the visiting team’s effort with a goal and an assist.
Just 99 seconds into the game, Cudmore scored his first goal of the day for Hartford. Then at the 8:24 mark, Cudmore recorded his assist when Compitello scored off his feed. The Hawks went up 2-0, but Holy Cross was not going away. Midway through the first quarter, the Crusaders answered with their first goal of the game. Hartford though quickly responded with two more goals of their own, giving them a 4-1 lead after the first quarter.
Again, in the second quarter the scoring began quickly. Just three minutes in Smirti scored for Holy Cross. Hartford was not loosening up their grip as Genik and Senior Justin Bearse scored two of their own unassisted goals. Eric Parzanese was able to answer for the Crusaders off an assist from Kennedy. The Hawks went into halftime with a 6-3 lead over the visiting Crusaders.
After the intermission, Holy Cross came out scoring. Smirti and Douglas Broussard combined for two unassisted goals to bring the score within two. Genik diminished the Crusaders comeback by responding with his third goal of the game for Hartford. The Hawks lead 8-5 going into the fourth.
This time Hartford began the quarter with scoring of their own. Sophomores again did the work as Martin Bowes and Genik posted two more goals to cushion the Hawk lead 10-5. Goalie Bement denied four scoring attempts by Holy Cross and the Hartford defense only allowed one goal in the final period, making the final score 10-6.
Bement finished the game with seven saves and recording his second win of the 2010 season. Junior Tim Fallon had a good outing by winning 12 of 19 face-offs and snagging a game-best seven ground balls.
Hartford will travel to Fairfield, Conn., to take on in-state rival Sacred Hart on Saturday, March 27. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Also note worthy, after his four-goal performance against Holy Cross, sophomore attackman Aiden Genik was named the America East Conference Player of the Week. This game marked Genik’s third hat trick of the season, and seventh of his career. Genik leads the Hawks in scoring with 18 goals so far, 12th best in the nation. In addition, Genik ranks third in the conference in scoring and fifth in points with 21.