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Hobart lacrosse defeats Bryant, 11-10

Hobart College sophomore goalie Kevin Holtby made a career-high 23 saves to lead the Statesmen to an 11-10 Northeast Conference men’s lacrosse win over Bryant University today. Hobart improved to 3-1 overall and 3-1 in the NEC, while the Bulldogs saw their four-game winning streak end, slipping to 5-2, 3-1.

Holtby stood tall in the fourth quarter, making 10 saves, including two in the final minute as Hobart killed off a pair of penalties to preserve the one-goal lead. His 23 stops are the most by a Statesman since Max Silberlicht ’10 recorded 23 saves against Syracuse on March 23, 2010.

Senior attackman Tommy Mott, who had four career points in two games against Bryant coming into the day, produced a game-high four points on three goals and an assist. Senior attackman Ryan Archer and junior midfielder Bradley Simas each chipped in two goals. Sophomore midfielder Adam Shea scooped up a team-high six ground balls.

Bryant, which was No. 19 in this week’s US Lacrosse Top 20 and receiving votes in both the coaches and media polls, got a hat trick from Trevor Weingarten. First-year attackman Logan McGovern also had a three-point day with two goals and an assist. Nathan Laliberte gave Bryant a 15-9 faceoff advantage and collected a game-high 11 ground balls. Sophomore Luke Carracciolo made 14 saves.

After playing the first quarter to a 3-3 draw, the Bulldogs outscored the Statesmen 4-1 in the second frame for a 7-4 halftime lead. Bryant scored man up to take the lead and doubled its advantage three minutes later. Sophomore attackman Troy Barthelme netted his first goal of the year to slow the Bulldogs’ momentum, but Weingarten netted back-to-back goals to give the home team a three-goal advantage at the break.