Posted Sunday, March 25, 2007 by .
HOFSTRA FALLS TO #14 DELAWARE, 6-5 IN CAA OPENER
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Dooley, Watson, TI
Newark, DE --
Delaware attackman Chris Hichborn scored twice and Dan Deckelbaum tallied a goal and an assist to lead the 14th-ranked Blue Hens to a 6-5 victory over the Hofstra Pride at Rullo Stadium in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday night. Delaware, which snapped a two-game losing skid, improves to 6-2 on the year while the Pride, which dropped their fourth consecutive one-goal decision, fall to 1-4.
Hofstra junior midfielder Mike Unterstein tallied two goals for the Pride while freshman goalie Danny Orlando stopped eight shots.
The Blue Hens scored the first three goals of the game in the first nine minutes as Hichborn scored his 10th of the year, off a pass from Decklebaum, 1:55 into the contest, Martin Cahill tallied his seventh of the year, from seven yards out, six minutes later, and Deckelbaum notched his 13th of the year, on a run to the goal from outside the box, a minute later.
But the Pride scored the next three to tie the game at 3-3 early in the second quarter. Hofstra sophomore Anthony Muscarella scored his third of the season on a run from the wing to the crease with 4:47 to play in the first quarter. Sophomore Tom Dooley closed the gap to 3-2 with 2:02 to play in the first period, taking a pass from Ryan Miller behind the cage, and scoring from five yards out for his seventh of the season. Freshman attackman Dan Stein took advantage of a two-man, man-up situation taking a pass from Michael Colleluori inside and beating Blue Hens' goalie Tommy Scherr 2:18 into the second period.
Delaware responded with goals two minutes apart to take a 5-3 lead at halftime. Hichborn scored his second of the game with 10:36 to play in the half and Rob Smith tallied his second of the season with 8:33 to play to close out the scoring in the first half.
The Pride, as they have in all five games this season, kept the fans on the edge of their seats as Mike Unterstein closed the deficit to 5-4 1:23 into the third quarter with his third goal of the season. But Delaware Adam Zuder-Havens gave the Blue Hens some breathing room midway through the fourth quarter, backing in on the Pride defense and firing a sidearm bullet past Orlando.
Unterstein brought the Pride back to within one at 6-5 with 3:23, getting the ball at the top of the box, running to the right of Scherr and then cutting inside the defense to the crease for the goal. The Pride seemed to get a break with 2:07 to play when Brett Manney was sent off for a 30-second pushing penalty. Hofstra got one good shot off with 1:39 remaining but Scherr stopped Dooley's point-blank shot in front of the cage. After Delaware's clear failed the Pride got the ball back again with 1:22 to play. Colleluori's shot with 46 seconds remaining went wide before the Pride turned the ball over with 21 seconds to play to end their threat.
The Blue Hens outshot the Pride, 31-27, picked up 29 ground balls to Hofstra's 24 and won eight of 14 face-offs. The Pride did well at the face-off X against Alex Smith, the Division I leader in face-off percentage (.813) as Kevin Unterstein took six of 14 draws for Hofstra.
The Pride will travel to West Point, New York on Tuesday night for an ESPNU-televised contest at the U.S. Military Academy at 7:30 p.m.