Hobart College junior Matthew Pedicine won a top 10 duel against Bryant University senior Kenny Massa at the faceoff X, but the Bulldogs scored a 13-8 Northeast Conference victory this afternoon.
Massa came into the game third in the nation in faceoff percentage (.707) and second in ground balls per game (11.92), but Pedicine (6th in FO% at .664, 15th in GB/g at 6.67) won the day in both categories. The Statesman won 14-of-24 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high nine ground balls. It’s the first time Massa has finished a game below .500 at the X since Feb. 24.
Hobart (4-9, 1-4) wasn’t able to take advantage of its extra possessions, committing 14 turnovers to Bryant’s eight. The Bulldogs had a 39-31 advantage in shots and a 24-20 edge in ground balls.