Cam Stone scored an unassisted goal with 43 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Hobart to an 11-10 win over the Canisius College men’s lacrosse team on Tuesday night. The loss drops the Griffs to 2-3 on the season, while the Statesmen improve to 1-5.
Sophomore Billy Jacobbi and junior Austin Romantic both set career highs with four and three goals, respectively. Junior Sam Connors, sophomore Vince Gravino and freshman Jeff Edwards each added a tally to round out the Canisius scoring.
Junior Tim Edwards paced the Canisius attack with two assists, while also dominating the faceoff X by winning 16-of-24 restarts and collecting a game-high seven ground balls.
Junior Alex Govenettio anchored the Griffs defense with 10 saves – his fourth game this season with double-digit stops.
Hobart netted the game’s first goal just 53 seconds into the contest only to see the Griffs respond 58 seconds later with Jacobbi’s first tally of the night. Gravino then gave Canisius its first lead but the Statesmen quickly replied this time with a goal 57 seconds later to knot the game at two.
Romantic and Jacobbi helped the Griffs reclaim the lead with two quick scores to start the second quarter for a 4-2 advantage. Hobart would cut the lead to one with 12:31 remaining in the opening half but the defenses held for the remaining 12-plus minutes as the teams headed into the intermission with Canisius ahead, 4-3.
In a repeat of the second quarter, Romantic and Jacobbi struck early in the third to stretch the Canisius lead to a game-high three goals, 6-3. However, Hobart seized the momentum and ran off five-straight tallies to finish the quarter and take an 8-6 advantage into the final frame.
The Griffs, however, upped their game in the fourth quarter. Canisius outshot the Statesmen, 16-4, in the final stanza of regulation and would take the lead after three-straight goals to start the period. Romantic completed his hat trick 1:46 into the quarter to pull the Griffs within one before Jacobbi evened the game with 10:55 remaining, netting his fourth of the night. Connors then put Canisius back in front with his second goal of the season with 8:26 left in regulation for the 9-8 Griffs advantage.
Hobart would tie the game with 5:44 remaining but a failed clear by the Statesmen allowed Tim Edwards to find his brother, Jeff, for the go-ahead tally with 4:16 left in regulation. Canisius would win the ensuing faceoff but three saves by the Hobart goalie gave the Statesmen another opportunity on the offensive end. After a timeout, Hobart converted when Cooper Stefaniak found the back of the net with 1:16 left. The Statesmen then had a chance to win in regulation after winning the faceoff but a turnover sent the contest into overtime knotted at 10.
Tim Edwards won the faceoff in the extra session but Canisius could not find the winning tally with four shots, the last a shot by Romantic that was saved by the Hobart netminder. Govenettio would come up big for the Griffs on the other end with a save of his own but a failed clear led to Stone’s game-winning tally and Hobart escaped with the 11-10 victory.
The Statesmen held a slight advantage in shots, 41-38, while Canisius won the faceoff battle (16-of-25) and held the edge in ground balls, 24-17.
Matt Opsahl and Stefaniak both led Hobart with three goals on the night, while Peter Zonino recorded 11 saves in the winning effort.
Canisius now turns its attention toward conference play, opening up the MAAC season with Monmouth on Saturday. The Griffs and Hawks will battle at the Demske Sports Complex with game time slated for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: Hobart has now won 14-of-15 all-time meetings between the two schools … The Griffs had won the only other overtime meeting in 2010 … Canisius has lost its last two overtime games after winning five-straight during the 2009 and 2010 seasons … Jacobbi topped his previous career high of three goals, while Romantic’s personal best was two scores … Tim Edwards entered the game ranked second nationally with a .678 faceoff winning percentage … Canisius went 0-for-3 with the extra-man advantage and is just 1-for-13 this season on the man-up offense (.077 percentage).