PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — After losing 17-5 against No. 11 Syracuse last Tuesday, the Hobart men’s lacrosse team was looking to rebound with a Northeast Conference victory over Saint Joseph’s University.
Unfortunately, the team suffered its second straight loss as it fell to the Hawks 12-11 in overtime.
It appeared that the visiting Statesmen (8-3, 2-1) were going to escape with the win in regulation. After an errant pass, Hobart turned the ball over with 6.1 seconds left — allowing Saint Joseph’s Nate Patterson to score the game-tying goal with 0.6 seconds left in regulation.
Patterson would help put the nail in the coffin for the Statesmen just 43 seconds in the extra frame as he made a pass to classmate Matt Tufano, who beat junior goalie Sam Lucchesi. Lucchesi would turn away eight shots in the losing effort.
Hobart was led offensively by first-year midfielder Derek Madonna, who recorded a hat trick. Senior attack Chris Aslanian also notched a three-point performance with a goal and two assists.
Junior attack Justin Scott made history for Hobart in the third quarter. Scott became the 13th player in the Statesmen’s Division I era to record 100 career points, as he scored two goals and an assist. He would record his 100th career point just 16 seconds before the end of the quarter as he rifled a shot by Hawks goalie Mike Adler.
The Statesmen were facing a slim 9-8 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Hobart quickly changed that as senior midfielder Stanny Gilbertson scored just 49 seconds in, followed by goals from Madonna and Scott — allowing the visitors to claim an 11-9 lead with a little over eight minutes to go.
Hawks’ attackman Shane Fable scored his third goal of the game with 6:53 remaining to set up the ensuing drama.
Members of the senior class split team-high ground ball honors as Gilbertson, Aslanian and faceoff specialist Matthew Pedicine all scooped up four ground balls apiece.
Hobart will look to break its two-game losing skid this coming Saturday as it hosts Bryant University in another NEC matchup. The first faceoff is set for noon.