April 24, 2010

No. 15 Hofstra Needs Rally to Top Jacksonville

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jay Card scored four goals and Brad Loizeaux added three goals and two assists to lead a second half rally as the 15th-ranked Hofstra Pride posted a 14-10 non-conference victory over Jacksonville at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Pride improve to 8-4 on the season while the Dolphins closed out their first season with a 6-7 mark.

Hofstra rallied back from a 9-6 deficit early in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 8-2 in the second half. Card, a junior attackman, recorded his fourth hat-trick of the season and scored three of his four goals in the second half. Loizeaux, a sophomore who is having the best season of his young career, tallied career-bests of three goals and five points. Freshman Aaron Jones added two goals while classmate Adrian Sorichetti added one goal and two assists. Sophomore Andrew Gvozden recorded six saves in the Pride cage with five coming in the second half.

The Dolphins were led by freshman Ryan Serville with two goals, classmate Nick Scalzo with two goals and one assist and Cameron Mann with one goal and three assists. Senior goalie Brad Hester recorded 13 saves in the Jacksonville cage.

The first half featured two lead changes, two tied scores and each team holding several two goal advantages. The Dolphins got on the board first 6:38 into the game as freshman TJ Kenary notched his 20th goal of the year from Nick Scalzo. But Hofstra would score the next three goals-all unassisted-as freshman Drew Coholan posted his third of the season to tie the game, Jones scored his fifth of the year with 1:17 to play in the quarter, and junior Jamie Lincoln notching his 32nd of the season with 32 seconds to play for a 3-1 advantage. Jacksonville defender Stephen Spindler scored his first of his career five seconds later right off the face-off restart, off a pass from Dan McNulty. But the scoring wasn't done for the period as Card would score his first of the game and 24th of the year, off a long pass from junior middie Tim Holman, with one second to play to give the Pride a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Serville and Jones exchanged goals in the first four minutes to keep Hofstra ahead by two at 5-3. But the Dolphins would then rattle off four straight goals and five of the next six to take an 8-6 lead at halftime. It started with 8:39 to play in the second with Mann scoring his 18th from Owen Green. Less than 90 seconds later, Scalzo posted his 26th of the year, from Serville, to tie the game. Freshman Donovan Lange then scored his 15th of the year 22 seconds later to give the Dolphins a 6-5 lead. Sophomore Jake Ziegler scored his first goal of the season with 5:32 to play in the half to give JU its biggest lead of the game at 7-5. Loizeaux stopped the Jacksonville run with a runner from eight yards out two minutes later. But Serville boosted the lead back to two with his second of the game and 30th of the year on a looping pass across the box from Max Gurowski with 18 seconds remaining in the half.

The Dolphins added to their lead 29 seconds into the third quarter when Scalzo scored his second of the game and 27th of the season on the man-up from Mann. But Hofstra then ran off four straight goals to take the lead early in the fourth. First, Loizeaux fought through the Jacksonville defense for his second of the game and 17th of the season, and Card made a dodge to the goal for his second of the contest and 25th of the year with 4:07 to play in the third. Card would then tie the game at 9-9 with six seconds to play in the period off a pass from Sorichetti.

Hofstra would break the tie 1:32 into the fourth quarter as Loizeaux took a pass from junior Stephen Bentz and scored on a runner in the middle of the box. But sophomore Jeremy Tissenbaum tied the game for the Dolphins on a running bullet from 12 yards two minutes later.

Hofstra senior Dan Stein gave the Pride the lead for good, taking a pass on the crease from Loizeaux and scoring his seventh of the season. Just 33 seconds later, Sorichetti scored his ninth goal of the season on a bullet from 13 yards out, and sophomore Mike DeNapoli tallied his ninth goal of the year, on the man-up, off a pass to the crease from Jamie Lincoln for a 13-10 lead. Card closed out the scoring spurt with 7:26 to play, off a pass from Loizeaux, for his 27th of the season. Gvozden blanked the Dolphins the rest of the way.

ofstHofstHofstra outshot the Dolphins, 36-26 and picked up 40 ground balls to Jacksonville's 29. The Pride also won 19 of 27 face-offs with freshman John Antoniades winning 11 of 12 in the second half.

The Pride will return to action next Saturday, May 1 when they host #14 Towson (6-5, 4-0) in a contest that will decide Hofstra's fate in qualifying for the CAA Tournament that begins on Wednesday, May 5. The Tigers clinched the number one seed in the CAA Tournament with a 10-9 victory over Penn State (2-10, 1-3) Saturday afternoon.

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