Posted Thursday, March 06, 2008 by .
Hostra beats Brown, 8-7
HEMPSTEAD, NY - After losing seven games by one goal last year, the Hofstra men's lacrosse team found itself on the other side of things yesterday in its' home opener, holding off Brown, 8-7, to even its record at one.
The game opened with both teams very patient on offense. Hofstra started out by running primarily a 1-4-1, looking to isolate from up top and draw a slide and feeding the open man. Hofstra’s Kevin Ford (Floral Park,, NY/Floral Park) opened the scoring with 5:48 left in the first quarter on an EMO. The Pride would go up 2-0 on a goal by Tom Interlicchio from a feed by Kevin Unterstein.
The game was very down tempo. How slow was the pace of the game? Hofstra was given a stall warning with 1:30 left in the 1st quarter!
Brown would go on a 4-1 run in the second. As was the case in the Brown/Lehigh game, Muldoon would figure prominently in the scoring. He would finish the game with four goals, three in the second quarter.
Also of note was the play of Brown goal keeper Jordan Burke. Burke had seven saves in the first half alone. Frankly, his play in the cage was keeping Brown in the game.
Hofstra opened the second half scoring with 11:15 left on a goal by Tom Dooley off a feed from Muscarella to tie the score at 4. Hofstra would be particularly patient on offense. The Pride would then gain a one goal advantage on Kevin Ford’s second goal of the game on a nice feed on the crease from Mike Unterstein (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River).
Seligmann would find Andrew Feinberg with 3:42 left to tie the score at 5 as the third quarter wound down.
Opening the fourth quarter, Mike Unterstein (for the game 1G, 3A, 4 points) scored unassisted with less that a minute gone with an off speed shot from the left hand side that seemed to handcuff Burke.
With just over five minutes left, Ford would get his third of the game to extend the Pride lead to 2 (7-5). On the ensuing face-off the Pride would gain possession and slow things down in the Brown end of the field. Despite Brown having goalie Burke play the field as an extra defender to try to double the ball, the Pride were able to take several minutes off the clock. Given the number of close loses by the Pride last year, Coach Tierney could not have been feeling all that comfortable. After an exchange of penalties, Muldoon would net his final goal of the game with :05 left to pull the Bears to within 1. However, the Pride would hold on for a final score of 7-6, Hofstra.
The game was marked by sloppy, undisciplined play. Both teams committed a fair number of unforced errors and took unnecessary penalties. The play was often chippy with a number of slashes, unnecessary roughness and cross-checking penalties called. Brown would go 1-5 on the man up; Hofstra 2 of 8.
After the game, Pride coach Seth Tierney remarked it had been quite some time since his team had won a one goal game. He was disappointed in the team’s second quarter performance (the 4-1 Brown run) but was happy with the adjustments made in the second half. He was pleased with the leadership and maturity shown by his upper classman (Mike and Kevin Unterstein) and the way that some of his younger players stepped up.
The Pride return to action on Saturday, March 8, 2008 when they take on defending national champions Johns Hopkins at 1:00 PM at Shuart Stadium.
The Bears face the Denver Pioneers in Denver on March 8, 2008 (1:30 PM, MT) in the first of two west coast games.