Posted Sunday, March 18, 2007 by .
Princeton men's lacrosse Bill Tierney used words like "horrible" and "miserable" to describe the experience of coaching against his nephew, Hofstra head coach Seth Tierney. Without some last minute heroics on both ends of the field, it would have been worse.
Princeton's defense came up with a stop to regain possession and Tommy Davis made it count, bouncing a shot into the Hofstra goal with eight seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 5-4 win in front of a 1,602 brave fans who sat at Shuart Stadium on a frozen afternoon.
The win improved Princeton to 3-2 heading into next week's game at home against Bellarmine. Hofstra fell to 1-3.
The win came after Princeton had already dropped a pair of one-goal heartbreakers, falling to Johns Hopkins in double overtime andto Virginia on a goal with 25.4 seconds to play.
The game was the first meeting between uncle and nephew as head coaches, and it wasn't easy for either one. Seth Tierney is the son of Bill Tierney's brother Tommy, a retired New York City firefighter.
"It was horrible coaching against him," said Princeton's Tierney. "It's one of the most miserable things I've done in coaching. The emotion you feel to win a game needs not to be attached like that. It's a victory that it's hard to feel great about. But I did try to get the team to forget about that. We weren't going to score any goals."
For most of the game, neither would anyone else, as both Princeton goalie Alex Hewit (11 saves) and Hofstra goalie Danny Orlando (13 saves) and their defenses were both very sharp. Davis began the scoring nine minutes into the game, and from there Princeton would never trail, though the Tigers could never shake the Pride.
"I thought both goalies were great," Princeton's Tierney said. "I thought Alex kept us in the game early,and I thought Danny was fabulous. It was a tight game. All these one-goal games can go either way. To be honest, I thought we might have deserved one of the other ones more than this one."
Hofstra's Anthony Muscarella tied it midway through the second, but Bob Schneider scored with 1:05 to play in the half to make it 2-1 at intermission. Princeton went up 3-1 on Mark Kovler's third quarter goal, and it was 4-2 Tigers after Mike Colleluori and Mike DeSantis traded goals to end the third. DeSantis, who also won 7 of 11 face-offs, scored his second career goal and second in as many games after also scoring against Rutgers Tuesday night.
The Pride, though, came back on a goal from Muscarella 3:24 into the fourth and then Colleluori's tying goal with 4:56 to play. Hofstra would have two chances after that, but Charlie Kolkin caused a turnover on one possession and the Tiger defense withstood shots from Tom Dooley and Ryan Miller in the final minute before Hewit gained possession. Brendan Reilly took the ball into the box, and Tierney called timeout with 19 seconds to go.
Peter Trombino then fed Davis in front of the net between two defenders, and Davis dropped it past Orlando.
"The defense did a great job getting us the ball," Davis said. "We called a play, and my guy slid to Pete, so he got me the ball. I just took the shot."
Kevin Unterstein then won the face-off and got the ball to Bill Peters, who fed to Miller with the clock winding down. Miller's shot at the final horn went wide
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Princeton against Hofstra. It also came one day later than expected, as the game was postponed from Saturday after the ice and snow storm.
"I want to thank the Hofstra people who worked so hard to get this game on," Bill Tierney said. "They did an unbelievable job. I'm very thankful for how well we were treated here."
Princeton outshot Hofstra 30-25, though the shot total was almost 14 off the Tigers' season average.
1 2 3 4 F
Princeton - Tigers [M] 1 1 2 1 5
Hofstra - Pride [M] 0 1 1 2 4
Princeton - GOALS: Davis, Tommy 2; Kovler, Mark 1; DeSantis, Mike 1; Schneider, Bob 1
ASSISTS: Engelke, Rob 1; Haynie, Alex 1; Lesko, Josh 1; Trombino, Peter 1
Saves: Alex Hewit 11
Hofstra - GOALS: Muscarella, Anthony 2; Colleluori, Mike 2
ASSISTS: Unterstein, Mike 2
Saves: Danny Orlando 13