Hobart Tops Siena in High-Scoring Shootout

The nation's longest home win streak no longer belongs to Siena. Hobart bridged the third and fourth quarter with a 7-1 run on its way to an 18-15 win at Siena Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Nate Barry had three goals and two assists to lead the Saints.

It was the highest scoring Division I game played so far this season. Hobart (1-0) snapped Siena's (0-2) six-game home win streak and avenged a 13-11 season-opening loss to Siena last season in the Carrier Dome.

Alex Love and Cam Stone each scored four goals for the Statesmen.

Siena led 10-9 after Nate Barry slid behind a screen and finished a Conor Prunty feed with 6:45 left in the third. Hobart then reeled off five straight goals to take command.

The highlight of the run was an around-the-world tally by Frank Brown. The dazzling finish capped off a hat track for the Statesmen's talented rookie midfielder.

Hobart extended the advantage to 17-11 on Bud Graham's tally with 6:07 to play. Siena scored four of the game's last five goals but got no closer than the final margin.

The game was played at a frantic pace with the two teams combining for 90 shots.

Hobart led 7-6 at halftime, but Siena had momentum after scoring the final two goals in the second.

The Saints got two goals from Prunty, Danny Martinsen, Ryan Mallon and Hurley.

Matt Sharp saved 10 of Hoabrt's 18 shots on goal. Sharp leads the nation with 33 saves through Siena's two games. Peter Zonino, who led the country in saves last year, had nine stops for the Statesmen.

It was the first time Siena's second year coach John Svec has lost a game at Siena Field. Svec served as an assistant at Hobart from 2009-11.

Siena will look to get in the win column when it hosts Binghamton next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.-Hobart used an 8-1 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, to take control of today's season opener on the way to an 18-15 win at Siena. It's the highest scoring game in Division I this season and the highest scoring total for the Statesmen in a season opener since the 1997 squad defeated Army 19-12.

Junior Cam Stone matched his career-high with six points on four goals and two assists. Classmate Alex Love added four goals and an assist. First-year Frank Brown chipped in a hat trick in his debut and earned an assist while classmate Bud Graham registered a pair of goals. Senior Ethan O'Connor picked up a team-high five ground balls. Sophomore Gryphin Kelly was 12 of 21 at the faceoff X.

Nate Barry recorded a team-high five points (3-2) for the Saints. Dann Martinsen and Conor Prunty each registered four points. Casey Dowd gave Siena a 19-16 edge on faceoffs, taking all 35 restarts and collecting a game-high nine ground balls.

The Saints, who had the longest home field winning streak in the nation at six games, held slight advantages in shots (46-44) and ground balls (34-33). Both teams committed 16 turnovers.

Siena got four goals from four different players to build a 4-3 lead after the first quarter. Love, Brown, and Stone scored for the Statesmen. Hobart scored four straight goals to start the second quarter for a 7-4 lead with 4:54 left in the half. The Saints got two back before the break, leaving the Statesmen a 7-6 lead at halftime.

Siena outscored Hobart 4-2 to start the second half, seizing a 10-9 lead at the 6:45 mark on Barry's third goal of the game.

The Statesmen were 4 of 7 on extra-man opportunities, including three extra-man goals during its decisive second half run. Stone, sophomore Thomas Petrocci, and Brown scored in succession to end the third quarter with the Statesmen in front 12-10. Brown and Love scored extra-man goals to start the fourth quarter and give Hobart a four-goal lead. Brown's around-the-world tally even had the Siena twitter account raving.

Siena got one back at the 11:31 mark, but Jake McHenry netted another man-up goal and sophomore Taylor Vanderbeek and Graham scored even strength for a 17-11 Statesmen lead with 6:07 remaining.

The Saints (0-2) outscored Hobart 4-1 down the stretch, but it proved too little too late.

Hobart junior goalie Peter Zonino made nine saves to earn the win. Matt Sharp stopped 10 shots for Siena.

The Statesmen will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 24, taking on Cornell.

2013-02-16



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