Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014
Senior attackman Cam Stone registered six assists to break the Hobart College Division I career record, leading the Statesmen to a 15-6 Northeast Conference victory at Wagner College on Friday night. He raised his career helper total to 81, two more than the previous standard established by Nate Hill '05.
Hobart (4-7, 3-2 NEC) built a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, with Stone picking up his first assist on the third tally. In the second quarter, the Statesmen seized control of the game by outscoring their hosts 6-2. Stone earned his fourth assist of the game, tying Hill, on a buzzer-beating goal that sent Hobart into halftime with a 9-3 lead. The record breaker came on the first goal of the second half and Stone capped his six-point day by assisting on the final Statesman score of the third quarter for a 12-5 lead.
Senior attackman Jake McHenry also recorded six points on the night, matching his career-high with four goals while handing out a pair of assists. Junior midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek also scored four times for the Statesmen. Junior midfielder Zach Reed scored three goals and added an assist and sophomore attackman Matt Opsahl finished with three points (2g,1a). First-year Jake Shapiro won 16-of-24 faceoffs and collected a game-high seven ground balls.
Opsahl scored twice to end the first quarter scoring with McHenry recording a goal and an assist in the first 15 minutes. In the second frame, Vanderbeek hit his stride scoring three times and sophomore midfielder Cooper Stefaniak had a goal and an assist. Reed buried a feed from Stefaniak with 12 seconds left in the half for an 8-3 lead. Shapiro won the ensuing faceoff and Stone set up Vanderbeek with one second left in the half.
The third quarter belong to special teams. Vanderbeek started the half with an extra-man goal followed by a Wagner man-down goal. McHenry answered with another extra-man goal for the Statesmen that was followed by an extra-man goal by the Seahawks. McHenry closed the frame with the only even-strength goal of the third quarter.
Reed (2g) and McHenry (1g,1a) both had two points in the final frame and first-year midfielder Sean Cunningham assisted on the game's final score for his first collegiate point.
Senior goalie Peter Zonino played 51 minutes and made seven saves to earn the win with first-year Jackson Brown (2 svs) playing the final nine minutes.
Hobart enjoyed a 36-26 advantage in shots and a 24-23 edge in ground balls. The Statesmen were 4-of-6 with the extra-man while Wagner (2-8, 0-3) was 1-of-3.
Sophomore Griffen Leclaire led the Seahawks with three points on two goals and one assist.Senior goalie Nicholas Gibaldi recorded six saves in goal during the first half before giving way to sophomore Anthony Peruso, who logged seven saves in the second half.
Hobart will play its final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday, April 19, when the Statesmen host Syracuse at Boswell Field. Faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.