West Hartford, Conn.- Sophomore goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) allowed just one goal, but it turned out to be the game-winner for the University of Hartford as the Hawks defeated the No. 10 regionally-ranked University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 1-0, in the America East opener on Saturday evening.
With New Hampshire’s second straight loss, the Wildcats fall to 5-2-2 and 0-1-0 in America East action, while the Hawks improve to 5-3-2, 1-0-0 in conference play.
Seniors Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.) and Mike McKee (Newtown, Pa.) tallied three and two shots, respectively, while Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.) and Joe Annese (Attleboro) each had one shot in the game for the Wildcats.
Just six minutes into the game, Urso fired a shot on net, but the ball was stopped by Hartford goalkeeper Luke Citriniti. In the next three minutes, the Wildcats had three consecutive corner kick opportunities, but were not about to get a shot off in that time.
In the 42nd minute, Patrick Boucher earned his first collegiate goal to give the Hawks the 1-0 lead heading into halftime. The goal, which was assisted by Carlos Villa, was shot into the bottom left corner of the net past O’Donnell.
In the second half, Urso and Annese had back-to-back shots on goal, but again Citriniti denied the aggressive Wildcats.
O’Donnell made two saves in the loss for the Wildcats, including one with just over five minutes to play, while Citriniti turned away all three shots in the win for the Hawks.
Urso was selected as UNH's America East "Man of the Match" and Citriniti earned that distinction for Hartford.
The Wildcats return home to host the Black Bears of Maine on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Gametime on Lewis Fields is scheduled for 3 p.m.