February 26, 2011

Lincoln, No. 7 Hofstra Rebuff No. 8 Princeton

from press release

Hofstra attackman Jamie Lincoln dodges toward the goal Saturday against Princeton. Lincoln scored four goals in the Pride's 11-9 victory.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Senior Jamie Lincoln scored four goals and Stephen Bentz added three to lead the seventh-ranked Hofstra Pride to a 11-9 victory over the eighth-ranked Princeton Tigers at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Pride, which won their fifth straight regular season game and their ninth straight home game, improve to 3-0 on the young season. The Tigers are 0-1.

Lincoln, who tallied three goals in the first half, added Hofstra's 11th goal of the game with 7:16 to play in the contest while Bentz scored all three of his goals in the first half. Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden recorded six saves for the Pride including two big stops in the fourth quarter. Sophomore midfielder John Antoniades won 16 of 22 face-offs and picked up a game-high nine ground balls for the Pride.

Princeton was led by sophomore Forest Sonnenfeldt with three goals while sophomore Jeff Froccaro and freshman Tom Schreiber each tallied two goals. Junior goalie Tyler Fiorito recorded 15 saves in the Princeton cage.

The Tigers jumped out to 4-1 lead midway through the first quarter as Schreiber scored twice and Sonnenfeldt and Jack McBride each added single goals around Lincoln's third goal of the year. The Pride closed the gap to 4-3 on an unassisted charge to the goal by Bentz with 5:53 to play in the first, and a man-up goal by Lincoln, off a perfect pass to the crease by midfielder Steve Serling 33 seconds later. Sonnenfeldt notched his second of the game, off a pass from behind the cage by Luke Armour, to boost the Princeton lead to 5-3.

The Pride then went on a 6-1 run to take a 9-6 lead at halftime. Bentz got the ball rolling with his second of the game and sixth of the year off a pass from Steven DeNapoli that sent him in one-on-one against Fiorito with 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Senior Jay Card extended his consecutive games point-scoring streak to 31 with a man-up goal, off a pass from Kevin Ford , just 14 seconds into the second quarter to tie the contest at 5-5.

Sonnenfeldt would give the Tigers their last lead of the game, at 6-5, just 1:23 later before the Pride scored four unanswered goals. Bentz notched his third from six yards out to tie the game with 7:33 to play in the half. Kevin Ford then scored Hofstra's fourth man-up goal of the game, off a pass from Card at the 4:55 mark, for a 7-6 advantage. Junior Brad Loizeaux boosted the lead with a low shot to the far post from eight yards almost two minutes later. Seven seconds later-right off the face-off-Antoniades fed Lincoln, who buried his third of the game and fifth of the season and a 9-6 lead at halftime.

Princeton closed to within one at 9-8 with two goals midway through the third quarter as Mark Field tallied a man-up goal from Armour at the 9:44 mark, and Froccaro scored 1:01 later on a high bullet from 10 yards out.

But Hofstra sophomore Drew Coholan scored his first goal of the year, going around two defenders and scoring from five yards out with 5:21 to play in the third before Lincoln closed out the Hofstra scoring with a behind-the-head shot from 10 yards out, off a rebound of a Steve Serling shot, at the 7:16 mark of the fourth quarter for an 11-8 lead. Froccaro scored an unassisted goal with 1:25 to close to 11-9. But Gvozden made a big save off a shot from Armour with 46 seconds remaining and DeNapoli picked up the ground ball with 34 seconds remaining as the Pride ran out the clock. Hofstra outshot the Tigers, 40-28 and picked up 31 ground balls to Princeton's 16 in the contest.

The Pride will host the Crimson of Harvard at Shuart Stadium next Saturday, March 5 while the Tigers will travel to Johns Hopkins next Saturday. Both games are at 1 p.m.

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