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Although entering the final quarter of both games this past week with a lead, the Hawks fell to Sacred Heart and then Albany in the America East opener as they were unable to sustain their play over the final 15 minutes. On Wednesday afternoon in West Hartford the Hawks (2-6, 0-1) faced off with the Albany Great Danes (2-6, 1-0) in their first conference match of 2010.
Sophomore attackman Aidan Genik, who leads Hartford and is among the conference leaders with 22 goals, scored two second-quarter tallies to push the Hawks to a 6-4 lead. Fellow sophomore Ryan Compitello, Hartford’s second leading scorer, added to the total just after halftime, marking the largest advantage of the game for either squad.
Albany rallied to score four of the final five third-quarter goals as it cut the Hawks’ lead to one heading into the fourth and final period. The Great Danes came out flying in the fourth, scoring two goals in less than a minute to take a one-goal lead with nine minutes remaining. Not giving up, Compitello added another score only eight seconds later off a feed from senior captain Justin Bearse, pulling the Hawks back even.
Although Hartford had momentum having just tied the game, Brian Caufield’s hat-trick goal gave Albany the lead and its first conference win. Dave Brock also contributed three goals for the Great Danes. On Sunday in Fairfield, Conn. Hartford met in-state rival Sacred Heart for an evening affair on Campus Field. The Pioneers, although trailing 6-3 at halftime, intensified their defense en route to shutting out the Hawks the entire second half.
Sacred Heart’s Timmy Katz and Evan Morgan scored goals in the final five minutes to tie the game at six, including Morgan’s tally with just under two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. With two minutes left in OT, Morgan notched his second goal of the game, sending the Pioneers past Hartford for their third win of the young season.
Aidan Genik notched two more goals and an assist in the Hartford loss. Freshman Jared Franze was named the America East Rookie of the Week for the second time this season on Monday afternoon. Franze ranks seventh in the league in goals and is currently third on the team in goals with 13. The award is the Hawks’ third rookie of the week honor as this is Franze’s second selection and Rory Nunamacher won the award earlier in March after scoring a pair of goals and an assist in Hartford’s 11-9 loss against No. 13 Delaware.
Genik won the America East Player of the Week award last week following a four-goal effort in the Hawks’ 10-6 win over Holy Cross. Last season Genik made the America East All-Rookie Team after contributing a team-high 24 goals and 34 points in his rookie season.