March 5, 2011

Card, Lincoln Rise to Occasion for Hofstra

by Corey McLaughlin | | Game Blog Replay

Hofstra attackman Jay Card gauges his next move Saturday during a five-goal performance against Harvard. The fifth-ranked Pride prevailed, 15-9.

© Joe Rogate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Playing most of the game without midfielder Steve Serling, one of the main threats in Hofstra's high-flying offense, the fifth-ranked Pride improved to 4-0 with a 15-9 win over visiting Harvard Saturday afternoon at Shuart Stadium on Long Island.

Canadians Jamie Lincoln and Jay Card each had six points. Lincoln scored five goals, including three in the first quarter, Card added a hat trick with three assists and Stephen Bentz also had three assists. Hofstra used a 4-0 second-quarter run to take a 9-6 lead at halftime. And four different players scored in a 5-2 third quarter to put the game away. Ian Braddish, a transfer from North Carolina, added two goals.

Serling, the Pride's biggest offseason transfer -- from Lafayette and the 2010 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year -- started as usual and took two shots, but left the game in the first half with an undisclosed injury and was not on the sideline during the second half. Coach Seth Tierney said after the game he was uncertain on Serling's status.

"I was going to ask you that, because I don't really know," Tierney said when asked about Serling, who led the Pride with nine points coming into Saturday. "We have to wait and see. We were just told [by the trainers] that we have to hold him for right now. We got into a flow without him. We just went with that for right now. As soon as I find something out, I'll let you know, but right now I think he's probably with the trainers."

Serling redshirted at Lafayette in 2009 because of a lacerated spleen, but it's unclear if this injury is related or if he went to this hospital. Tierney said he hoped to have the midfielder back soon. No additional information was immediately available.

"We'll see what Stevie's situation is," Tierney said. "Hopefully we'll get him back soon, and we're going to continue to work on the depth of our team."

The depth showed. Nine players were involved in the scoring. Sophomore Aaron Jones saw significant time at midfield and Braddish played a key role. Freshman Torin Varn scored his first career goal on a wraparound during Hofstra's third quarter run. Varn, coming off an ankle injury, provided midfield depth.

Lincoln, Card and Bentz put together several impressive goals, maybe the most on a crisp 3-on-1 fastbreak off a Harvard turnover. Lincoln fired a shot past Crimson goalie Harry Krieger from about 8 yards inside the right hash off a Card pass. Krieger had multiple angles to defend as Bentz was also open on the crease. Hofstra scored 15 goals on 31 shots.

"We've been trying to work on being unselfish," Card said. "Making one more pass for an easy goal to layup. Today we were successful in doing that."

Said Lincoln: "I got great looks, getting great passes from everyone like every other weekend."

But Tierney said there is still room for improvement in general. While riding in an elevator inside the Hofstra athletics building after his postgame press conference Tierney let out a sigh while staring down at the game's stat sheet.

"I'm certainly thrilled that we won today," he said earlier. "I thought the guys played hard, I don't think we played well. I think those are two different words. At times I thought we were sloppy. ... The one stat that is staring at me as I'm talking is we have more turnovers [18 to Harvard's 11] than we should. That has to be cleaned up. You have to play smart and clean. That is something we have to take care of."

Harvard, which falls to 1-1, took 49 shots, 18 in the fourth quarter. Tierney said Pride goaltender Andrew Gvozden "started to get locked in toward the second half." He finished with 15 saves. Harvard's Krieger had five saves and only two at halftime.

There was a scary moment on the field with 5:34 left before halftime. Harvard starting freshman defenseman John Rose was near midfield trying to control a loose ball when Card hit him high and hard in a scrum between several players.

Rose lay flat on his back near the 40-yard line in the Harvard zone for about 15 seconds before moving his arms. He sat upright under supervision of a Harvard official then attempted to run toward the Crimson bench, but fell forward to the turf before he got there. He was helped up and examined on the Harvard bench and appeared responsive.

He was taken inside the Hofstra athletics building via golf cart at halftime and walked in under his own power. He later was carted toward the locker room during the third quarter, sitting upright on the back of the cart.

Harvard coach Chris Wojcik declined to make himself available to the media after the game. A Hofstra official said Rose was not taken to the hospital, but released under the supervision of his parents, who were in attendance. Rose is from nearby Locust Valley on Long Island. His father is a doctor.

Card was issued a two-minute unreleaseable penalty for an illegal body check.

"It happened pretty fast," Card said. "I saw a defender carry the ball back in the zone and I was just trying to finish my hit, trying to drop my shoulder in his chest. I hit him pretty hard, and I hope he's all right. I was just trying to finish my check, and that was it. Just trying to do my job."

His main job was to create offense. Quite a few did that. Kevin Ford added a goal and two assists from the midfield.

"It's the deepest team that I've coached here," Tierney said. "It's certainly a pleasure to have that, but you also gotta be able to keep everybody happy because you've got some talented players. We try to spread it around a little bit, and I'm glad that we had a bunch of scorers."

Notes and quotes: Harvard features nine Long Islanders on its roster who played high school ball not far from the Hofstra campus, including starting attackmen Dean Gibbons (Garden City) and Jeff Cohen (Syosset). Cohen had two goals and Gibbons was limited to one score. Gibbons was mainly covered by Hofstra close defenseman Mike Skudin. ... Harvard defenseman Brad Cappellini (Manhasset) left the game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury. ... Hofstra is 4-0 for the first time since 1997 ... John Antoniades won 13 of 25 faceoffs for Hofstra mainly against Andrew Parchman. ... Bentz led the Pride with six ground balls, including a scoop near the sideline that led directly to a Card pass to Braddish for a goal that put Hofstra up 10-6 with 12:13 left in the third quarter. ... The announced attendance was 2,753.

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