Otterbein caps successful spring break with 7-6 victory against Greensboro
Donatelli scores eight goals in 13-11 win against Ferrum
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Otterbein picked up a pair of victories on its trip during spring break, topping Ferrum College 13-11 on Tuesday before finishing with a 7-6 win at Greensboro on Thursday.
Otterbein (4-2) started the trip in style by storming out with four unanswered goals against Ferrum, with Mike Dattolo opening the scoring followed by three goals from Andrew Donatelli.
Ferrum battled back and eventually tied the game at 6 entering halftime. The Panthers then took an 8-6 lead as the third period got under way, but the Cardinals drew even at 8 as Dattolo and Donatelli struck again.
Ferrum reassumed the lead momentarily, but back-to-back goals from Mikey O’Neal gave Otterbein a 10-9 advantage heading to the fourth.
Donatelli stole the show in the final quarter, scoring three times in an eight-minute stretch that ultimately helped the Cards preserve the victory.
Donatelli’s eight goals in the game set an Otterbein record, and also ties O’Neal’s mark for most points in a game, set last season.
"Andrew played great," Cardinals head coach Colin Hartnett said. "He found ways to get open and we found ways to get him the ball."
Adam Hatchard proved steady in the cage, stopping an 17 shots.
The Cards won 18 of 27 faceoffs and were successful on 19 of 21 clear attempts.
Against Greensboro, the Cards fell behind 5-1 but trimmed the deficit in half thanks to a pair of goals from Donatelli before the break.
"Trailing 5-1 in the second was a bad place for us, but we didn't panic," Harnett said. "I told the team that we can only score one goal at a time. We needed to make a dent before halftime, and that's exactly what we did."
Otterbein tied the game after consecutive scores from Dattolo in the third, and used a goal from Brandon Stroup to take a 6-5 lead into the final stanza.
Dattolo scored again to open the fourth for the decisive tally.
"Both of these games were team wins," Hartnett said. "We had a lot of big plays that didn't necessarily show up in the box score, and winning at the faceoff X was a huge factor in both victories."
Greensboro finished with a 36-30 shot advantage, but Otterbein goalie Adam Hatchard accumulated 16 saves and the Cards picked up a staggering 53 ground balls.
Dattolo tied for a game-high three goals while Donatellie chipped in two.