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TI, Dooley, Watson lead Hofstra past UMASS

Posted Saturday, February 24, 2007 by .

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Hempstead, NY --
Sophomore Mike Colleluori's second goal of the game, with 4:26 remaining, broke a 6-6 tie as #18 Hofstra (1-0) defeated #9 Massachusetts (0-1), 8-6, in head coach Seth Tierney's Pride debut at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. Hofstra won its 17th consecutive regular season game and recorded its 16th straight home victory.

Hofstra junior Mike Unterstein added an insurance goal with 1:42 to play and the Hofstra defense thwarted a Massachusetts man-advantage in the final minute to hold-on to the win and exact a little revenge for the only two blemishes on their 17-2 season last year. The Pride had bookend losses to UMass in 2006, including a heartbreaking NCAA Tournament quarterfinal loss in overtime.

In addition to Colleluori, sophomore Tom Dooley, the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year in 2006, and senior Ryan Miller each added two goals. Senior Bill Peters had two assists and freshman keeper Danny Orlando posted 13 saves to snap a six-game losing streak to the Minutemen. Massachusetts received two goals from Rory Pedrick and Brett Garber, while Doc Schneider posted nine saves in the cage.

In a game that featured six tied scores and two lead changes, UMass on two goals by Garber in the final 2:32 of the half took a 3-2 lead at halftime. But Hofstra attackman Ryan Miller, who made his return on Saturday after sitting out the past two seasons, made a pretty move to the cage, beating his defender, and scooping a shot past Schneider to tie the game at 3-3 just 1:13 in the third quarter. But seven minutes later UMass' Pedrick took a short pass on the run from Jim Connolly and beat Orlando from five yards out for a 4-3 advantage. Colleluori, tied the game for Hofstra less than a minute later on a dodge from the wing, before Pedrick gave the Minutemen the lead again, charging from behind the cage and beating Orlando on the way through to close out the scoring in the quarter.

The Pride tied the contest 3:11 into the fourth period as freshman Dan Stein took a short pass from Bill Peters and streaked across the goal mouth for his first collegiate goal. Hofstra took its first lead since a 2-1 advantage early in the second as Dooley picked up a rebound of a Anthony Muscarella shot and beat Schneider from in close with 8:46 to play in the fourth. But Denis Whelan took a pass from Paul Manesis and beat Orlando from 10 yards out to cap a transition 4-on-3 fast break and tie the game at 5-all with 5:55 remaining.

It seemed only fitting that Colleluori, who lost his older brother and teammate, Nick, in late November after a courageous 14-month battle with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, would score the winning goal and stop a six-game losing skid to UMass, Colleluori fired a bounce shot, on the run, that nestled just under the crossbar for a 7-6 lead. Unterstein's goal with 1:42 to play gave the Pride a little cushion, especially as they were killing off a one minute illegal check penalty taken with 1:05 remaining.

Hofstra outshot the Minutemen 41-34, and picked up 29 ground balls to UMass' 18. Orlando posted nine of his 13 saves in the second half. The Pride will return to action next Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. when they travel to Providence, RI to face the Bears of Brown University.

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