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#10 Hofstra 3 alum-Watson, Dooley, TI beat 3rd ranked Princeton

Posted Sunday, March 15, 2009 by Inside Lacrosse

#10 Hofstra beats #3 Princeton
TI '06 has a goal and Dooley '05 has one and one in victory with Watson '05
playing in Man Down Role

Princeton (4-0, 0-0 Ivy)
A: Jack McBride
A: Tommy Davis
A: Chris McBride
M: Mark Kovler
M: Rich Sgalardi
M: Scott MacKenzie
D: Chad Wiedmaier
D: Jeremy Hirsch
D: Chris Peyser
G: Tyler Fiorito

Hofstra (2-1, 0-0 CAA)
A: Tom Dooley
A: Jay Card
A: Dan Stein
M: Michael Colleluori
M: Anthony Muscarella
M: Ryan Carter
D: Mike Skudin
D: Adam Swarsen
D: Christian Scuderi
G: Andrew Gvozden


15:00: And we’re underway … Hofstra wearing white head to knee with blue numbers and yellow trim. Princeton sporting orange tops with black numbers and white trim, and black shorts.

13:03: Hofstra snares the opening draw, turns the ball over and Gvozden passes his first test, batting away a missile from Marshall in transition. Hofstra possesses.

10:46: Carelessness by the Tigers. Fiorito bolts downfield with the ball and lobs the ball out of bounds to turn it over to Hofstra. The Pride’s taking its time. Just as that enters my head, they turn it over.

9:08: Sgalardi tries to force it in close and the ball sails high and out of bounds. Hofstra ball.

7:30: TWO QUICK ONES! Tom Interlicchio with his first goal this season and it’s just what Hofstra needed. He dodges left and bounces it from a tough angle past Fiorito for a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Anthony Muscarella strikes from about the same spot. The Pride’s doing what they need to do. HOFSTRA 2, PRINCETON 0

3:34: Goalies stepping up their games. Gvozden stops Davis point-blank and Fiorito answers with a tough stop shortly after.

2:40: The Hofstra defense isn’t giving an inch. Princeton turns it over again on a failed connection.

0:50: Seth Tierney couldn’t have scripted a better way to open against the third-ranked team coming off a tough loss. Gvozden’s been brilliant to this point, the defense has been physical from the start and Hofstra has itself a lead. Princeton must regroup. Hofstra’s Brad Loizeaux just misfired but the Pride maintain possession. Hofstra timeout.

END 1: The Tigers’ Josh Lesko bagged for a push with 13 ticks left. Hofstra will have 17 seconds on the man-up to begin quarter two. HOFSTRA 2, PRINCETON 0


14:43: Colleluori rifles it from 10 yards out but Fiorito makes a brilliant save up high.

12:48: Tigers on the board! Jack McBride finds MacKenzie, who steps into one up top and slices the Hofstra lead in half. HOFSTRA 2, PRINCETON 1

10:01: Goaltenders are playing well. First, Gvozden stopped a Tyler Moni laser to give the Pride possession. Dan Stein was then turned away as he wheeled around the cage to the left post, slipped and shoveled the ball low.

9:30: Ryan Carter puts the Pride back up two on a feed from Dooley. Tough angle from the right side. HOFSTRA 3, PRINCETON 1

5:50: Another Princeton turnover. This is puzzling. Princeton’s been so fluid offensively this year yet they look out of synch. Simple passes aren’t finding their teammates. Clearing the ball has been a labor. Hofstra taking its time offensively. All good looks for the Pride.

3:06: PRETTY! Gvozden corrals a shot from Princeton and starts the break. Steve Prifte splits the field, passes to Dooley to his left and Dooley deals it to a cutting Jay Card on the right post. Fiorito had no chance. HOFSTRA 4, PRINCETON 1

0:05: EXCLAMATION POINT! It’s been a masterpiece of a half. Colleluori behind the cage hits a wide-open Carter who pots it from 10 yards out from the left side, beating the buzzer. Tiger fans who populate a fair share of the far-side bleachers can’t be pleased. HOFSTRA 5, PRINCETON 1


A pummels B, B pummels C, C pummels A? Can’t take anything for granted in this sport. Hofstra has looked marvelous on both ends and received a big lift from its freshman goalie. No penalties, a high percentage of shots on goal and only a handful of turnovers. It’s 5-1 and it could easily be 8-1 without a few fine saves from Fiorito.

The Tigers just don’t look like themselves. Davis and McBride have been far too quiet for Tierney’s liking, and the turnovers are hampering the attack. Legitimate opportunities are few and far between. Watch out though. Princeton has outscored its opponents 20-2 in the third quarter this season. Hofstra, of course, isn’t Canisius or Manhattan. We’ll see what Bill Tierney has up his sleeve in the way of adjustments for the second half.

Here are some stats …

Shots: Hofstra 16, Princeton 14
Shots on Goal: Hofstra 11, Princeton 5
Turnovers: Princeton 8, Hofstra 4
Faceoffs: Hofstra 5-7, Princeton 2-7
Clears: Hofstra 10-10, Princeton 6-9

Junior goalie Nikhil Ashra warming up during the break. It looks like he’ll be the guy for Princeton when we resume here at Shuart Stadium.


12:18: Muscarella strikes again! He rolls to his left and zips it over Ashra’s left shoulder for his second goal of the day. Gvozden stonewalled two shots in the opening minute, including a fine look from Jack McBride to set up the possession. HOFSTRA 6, PRINCETON 1

9:25: Gvozden shines again, stopping Sgalardi’s try from 15 yards out. Princeton’s finding nothing in close or in transition.

9:10 Loizeaux adds to the lead! Hofstra rushes the ball upfield and Loizeaux scores his first goal this season. He’s a player. HOFSTRA 7, PRINCETON 1

8:11: Tigers scratch back! Connor Reilly hits Jack McBride and he deposits it past Gvozden for his first goal of the day. Still no sign of Tommy Davis. HOFSTRA 7, PRINCETON 2

6:15: A push by Hofstra gives Princeton its first man-up. Hofstra burns it but not after Gvozden kicked away a Greg Seaman shot from right in front.

4:42: HERE THEY COME! Jack McBride rolls around the perimeter and whips it low past Gvozden. Beautiful outlet from Ashra to set it up. Princeton looking energized. If only they could win a faceoff. Hofstra just won another one. HOFSTRA 7, PRINCETON 3

END 3: Brilliant defensive effort by Hofstra as Princeton looked to get one in before the close of the quarter. Kovler had a chance but was dogged up top and instead through a lob to McBride, which was broken up. Princeton’s in it, but they have to get on the gas and fast. HOFSTRA 7, PRINCETON 3


13:20: All-important first faceoff of the fourth goes to Hofstra. The MVP might be Joe Montemurro. He just refuses to let Princeton gain any momentum.

12:12: Princeton benefits from a questionable loose ball push called against Hofstra. Josh Lesko cashes in, scoring unassisted from 10 yards out. That’s three straight for the Tigers. HOFSTRA 7, PRINCETON 4

11:22: DON’T GO ANYWHERE! Sgalardi bounces off a check up top, darts to the right and sidearms one from an impossible angle to beat Gvozden. HOFSTRA 7, PRINCETON 5

11:15: AN ANSWER! Montemurro wins the faceoff again, tosses to DeNapoli who scores unassisted. HOFSTRA 8, PRINCETON 5

9:20: BACK TO TWO! Chris McBride shakes his defender on the left side and fires it past Gvozden’s hip. It looks like it went right through him. Charlie Kolkin with another brilliant strip to set up the possession. HOFSTRA 8, PRINCETON 6

7:34: This game has gotten REAL physical. Bodies are flying all over the place. Illegal check puts Jay Card in the box for a minute. Let’s see what Princeton can do here.

6:10: HAT TRICK! Huge series ends in Adam Swarsen gobbling up a groundball on the Princeton EMO, DeNapoli clearing it and Muscarella firing a seed from 15 yards to beat Ashra. HOFSTRA 9, PRINCETON 6

4:45: Davis takes an ill-advised shot coming from behind the cage. Princeton gets it back on a Hofstra time violation.

4:15: IRON UNKIND! MacKenzie does a 180 and shoots high. The ball gets past Gvozden but clangs off the crossbar.

1:24: Davis is on the board! Lesko dishes it to his right and Davis doesn’t give Gvozden a chance with a bullet. That’s 19 straight games with at least one goal. HOFSTRA 9, PRINCETON 7

1:00: TURNOVER! McKenzie can’t handle a quick pass through the Hofstra defense from Kovler. Ball OB. Hofstra seconds away from a big win.

FINAL: HOFSTRA 9, PRINCETON 7. The Pride charge out onto the field and swarm near their own net. That’s a great answer to last week’s loss to Hopkins. Princeton can be happy with the second half but it’s the lackluster first that killed them.

Down to the press conference. Ought to be interesting.

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