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Men’s lacrosse: Goalie Zonino (Conestoga) leads Hobart to upset of No. 5 Syracuse

Wednesday, 17th April 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/17/13
From Press Release

Junior attackman Alex Love recorded a career-high seven points and junior goalie Peter Zonino (Conestoga) made 18 saves to lead the Hobart College lacrosse team to a 13-12 upset of fifth-ranked Syracuse University in the Carrier Dome Tuesday night.

The Statesmen reclaimed the Kraus-Simmons Trophy for the first time since 2006 and just the third time since the rivalry game was initiated in 1986.

The 99th edition of the Hobart-Syracuse series saw Love raise his team-leading goal total to 42, a Hobart Division I season record, eclipsing the mark he set last season (38). He is the first Statesman to record 40 goals in a season since Hall of Famer Bill Miller ’91 scored 47 goals in 1991. Love also raised his point total to 50, joining current Assistant Coach Mark Williamson ’04 as the only Division I Statesmen to produce 50-point seasons. Williamson had 56 (35-21) in 2004.

Junior attackman Cam Stone added a hat trick and senior midfielder Derek Akner scored twice for the Statesmen (6-6). Junior attackman Jake McHenry chipped in a goal and an assist and sophomore midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek recorded two assists.

Face-off specialist Gryphin Kelly (Plymouth Whitemarsh) won 7 of 16 draws for Hobart. Matt Walters (Haverford School) scored once for the Orangemen.

Trailing 12-9 with 11:36 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hobart rattled off four straight goals to claim its first lead since early in the second quarter. Akner started the comeback at the 7:17 mark, placing a bounce shot just under the crossbar. A little over a minute later, Vanderbeek fed Stone, who buried a shot from the left side of the cage, just above the goal line to make it a 12-11 game.

Hobart pulled even at the 2:21 mark when Vanderbeek fed Akner, who unleashed a low-to-high shot a la Love’s trademark scoring shot. On the ensuing faceoff, the ball squirted out of the scrum at the center X and rolled all the way to Hobart’s attacking zone. Love used his body to box out his defender, scooped up the ball and raced toward the middle of the field. He fired a laser past SU junior goalie Dom Lamolinara for a 13-12 lead.

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