Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2007 by .
WEST POINT, NY -- Hofstra freshman Tom Interlicchio
broke a 3-3 tie late in the third quarter and senior Ryan Miller scored his second goal of the game midway through the fourth quarter to lead the Hofstra Pride to a 5-3 victory over ninth-ranked Army at Michie Stadium Tuesday night. The Pride victory, which snapped a four-game losing skid-all by one goal-improves the Hofstra record to 2-4 on the season. The Black Knights of Army fall to 6-2.
Pride sophomore Michael Colleluori tallied a goal and an assist while freshman goalie Danny Orlando tallied 10 saves in the victory. Holding Army to three goals, the Pride posted their best defensive effort of the season and held the Black Knights to their lowest goal total of the season.
The Pride jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one quarter as Miller scored his fourth goal of the season off a pass from Steve Prifte on the transition just 2:16 into the contest. Colleluori tallied his fifth of the season, with 2:15 to play in the quarter, on a running shot from eight yards out. The Black Knights closed the gap to 2-1 at halftime as Jason Peyer scored a transition goal off a pass from Mike Hanna 4:16 into the second quarter.
Army tied the game at 2-2 just 17 seconds into the third quarter as Ryan McClure fed Brooks Korvin who beat Orlando for his ninth goal of the year. Hofstra sophomore Anthony Muscarella tallied his fourth goal of the year five minutes later on a shot from 10 yards out that beat Army goalie Adam Fullerton (9 saves). But the Black Knights tied the game just two minutes after Muscarella's goal as Kevin LoRusso notched his eighth goal of the year from 10 yards in front of Orlando to tie the game at 3-3.
But almost two minutes after Army's tying goal, Colleuori sent a pass back to the middle of the box to Interlicchio, who delivered a 15-yard shot past Fullerton for his second goal of the year. Miller added an insurance goal with 8:25 to play in the fourth quarter as he came around the left side of Fullerton and beat the junior netminder.
The Pride defense stood tall in the contest and stymied the Army attack behind Orlando's fifth double-digit save game of the season. Hofstra killed off six man-down opportunities and forced 10 turnovers. The shots, at 32-32, and the face-offs, at 6-6, were even but Army picked up 31 ground balls to Hofstra's 19.
Hofstra will return to action on Friday, March 30 at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, when they host the Villanova Wildcats in a key CAA match-up at 7:00 p.m. Army will travel to Colgate on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. contest.