Hartford Nationally Ranked for First Time Since 2000

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. Less than 48 hours after capturing its first-ever America East title and earning the program's first trip to the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Hartford reached another key milestone on Monday. The Hawks are ranked nationally, marking the first time in 11 years that has happened.

The Hawks claimed the 19th spot in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Coaches' Poll after receiving 24 votes and tallied 25 votes to rank round out the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top-20. Hartford, which received votes in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll mid-way through the season, vaulted into the top-20 after upending #13 Stony Brook, 11-10, in the America East Championship game Saturday on junior Ryan Compitello's goal with one second remaining.

The Hawks, who have won more games (11) than the previous four seasons combined (8), feature 11 All-America East standouts, including senior face-off specialist Tim Fallon who ranks among the national leaders in both face-off percentage (.627) and ground balls per game (9.3 per game). Hartford's offense, which averages 10.4 goals per game, is paced by juniors Carter Bender and Compitello who have combined for 100 points this season. The Hawks have won four of their last five and have posted their best record since 2000 when they finished 14-2.

Cornell, which is the Hawks' first round opponent in the NCAA Field of 16, checked-in at second in both of today's polls. The Bid Red, who also captured their first-ever league tournament title with a 15-6 win over Harvard in the Ivy League title game on Saturday, are currently riding a 10-game win streak.

The Hawks and Big Red face-off in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Schoellkopt Field in Ithaca, N.Y. The first round match-up will be televised live on ESPNU


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