The Hartford men’s lacrosse team got their first win against Brown yesterday after having faced another team that played in that NCAA tournament’s final four last year in the game before.
At Meister-Kavan FieldIn Rhode Island, the Hawk’s ended their three-game loss streak with a 20-6 victory over the Brown Bears.
The 20 team goals scored marked the most Hartford has totaled in a single game since March 2, 2002 when they scored 21 against Marist.
Different to their losses prior to this game, Hartford won the face-off battle by getting 16 compared to Brown’s 14.
Senior Aiden Genik scored five goals out of 10 shots and had two assists to finish the game with seven points, good enough to tie his career high.
Hawk’s goalkeeper Scott Bemment made 19 saves and allowed five goals against before Dan Zenevitch came in for the senior with 6:31 left in the game.
All of Brown’s goals came from six different Brown Bear players’ efforts through Sam Hurster, Rob Schlesinger, Stephen Chmil, Nick Piroli, Johnny DePeters and Alex Jones.
Brown’s goalkeepers Will Round mad six saves while allowing 14 goals against and Corbin Booker made three saves and allowing six goals against.
In the game before, against the No. 12 Denver Pioneers at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, Hartford went into the fourth quarter down 11-5 against Denver.
Even though the Hawk’s scored 5-1, their offense was not enough to overcome the Pioneers lead as Hartford ultimately lost 11-10.
The loss marked head coach Peter Lawrence and his team’s third loss to start the season, after being chosen as favorites to finish first in the America East pre-season coaches poll.
Similar to their losses against Texas Christian University and Maryland, before that, Hartford’s inability to win face-offs limited their amount of offensive opportunities.
Throughout the course of game Hartford won nine face-offs while Denver totaled 15 out the 24 events.
In the third period, Denver scored three straight again before Carter Bender scored an unassisted goal at the 8:16 mark to make the Pioneer lead 8-4.
Two more goals by Denver, followed by a goal from Hartford’s Garrett Dollard made the score 11-6 at the end of the third, before Denver scored another goal to start the fourth period.
Hartford’s Jared Franze, Rory Nunamacher, Ben Knapton and Ryan Compitello would score four unanswered before Nunamacher score a fifth with 44 seconds left in the game.
Despite making seven more turnovers throughout the game and shooting 13 times less than Hartford’s 14 and 34 respectively, Denver would hold out for the win.
While Hartford goalie Scott Bement had 11 goals against and three saves, Nunamacher and Franze would score to goals each on five and eight shot attempts, respectively.
In comparison, Denver goalie Jamie Faus had 10 goals against while Mark Matthews led the Pioneers scoring with three goals on four shots.
Mathews picked up three ground balls, similar to fellow teammates Faus, Cameron Flint and Drew Babb, while Chase carraro led the Pioneer’s with six.
In addition to his goal in the fourth quarter, Knapton finished the game with five ground balls, the most for Hartford, while defender Alex Matazarazzo would finish with three.
Denver had scored all of their goals up until the fourth quarter in at least one succession after each other, starting with their first three goals of the game.
Scored by the Pioneers’ Mark Matthews, Patrick Rogers and Jeremy Noble, Hartford trailed 3-0 until senior Martin Bowes scored an un-assisted goal for the Hawks with 3:59 left in the first.
However, the Hawks would see Eric Law score with 11:51 left in second period on a man up opportunity after being assisted by Alex Demopolous.
Another Denver goal would follow at the 9:37 mark before Hartford scored two goals before the first half’s end and make the score 5-3 in Denver’s favor.
The men’s lacrosse team will next play Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday at 1 p.m.