LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/1/12
From Press Release
Towson’s Justin Mabus scored a man-up goal with 38.1 seconds left in the second overtime as No. 20 Hofstra fell to the Tigers, 10-9, in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.
The Tigers scored seven unanswered goals from the fourth quarter to the conclusion, negating strong offensive performances from Hofstra senior midfielder Mike DeNapoli (three goals) and junior midfielder Adrian Sorichetti’s four-point night as the Pride fell to 4-5 and 1-2 in CAA play.
Towson scored three goals through the game’s first 48:33 before the Tigers mounted a furious rally to improve to 6-3 and 2-0. Thomas DeNapoli scored three goals and netted three assists, picking up four points in the final quarter to snap Hofstra’s five-game winning streak in the series.
Graduate-student Steve Sterling scored two goals and added an assist for Hofstra and freshman attacker Tyler Begley contributed two goals for the third multi-goal game of his career in helping the Pride build a 9-3 advantage with 12:04 left in regulation.
But Towson chipped into that edge with three straight goals to make it 9-6 entering the final three minutes. The Tigers then completed its comeback bid with three scoring strikes before the buzzer, including Thomas DeNapoli’s dodged two defenders and beat Hofstra goalie Andrew Gvozden from about eight yards out with 2.3 seconds left to force overtime.
Five of Towson’s six goals in the fourth-quarter stretch came at even strength. Matt Lamon scored two of his three goals during that stretch, including the scoring that made it 9-8 with 2:03 left. A wild scramble for the ground ball in front of the Hofstra crease brought Gvozden slightly out of the net to try and collect it, but Lamon gained possession and pushed the ball into the open net.
Following Thomas DeNapoli’s tying goal, Hofstra staved off a Towson possession in the first overtime period. But an illegal body check penalty put Towson on a man-up situation in the second overtime and Mabus capitalized with his third goal of the season to end it. Hofstra has now played three overtime games this season with all of the extra-time contests coming at home.
Nursing a two-goal lead coming out of the break, Hofstra kept momentum in the second half as Sorichetti scored an unassisted goal one minute in. Towson made it 5-3 on Hughes’ goal with 12:33 remaining in the third quarter.
But Hofstra surged to a 4-0 run, preventing Towson from getting closer. Freshman attacker Tyler Begley and Serling scored back-to-back even-strength markers in the third and Serling registered his second scoring strike two minutes into the last quarter for an 8-3 lead. Serling completed an athletic play by leaping and firing a bounce shot that skipped past goalie Andrew Wascavage from 13 yards out. Begley contributed a man-up goal 56 seconds later for a game-high 9-3 advantage before Towson’s comeback bid commenced.
Mike DeNapoli needed just the opening half to pick up his second career hat trick, equaling his previous career high of three goals set in the 2010 season opener at Princeton. DeNapoli scored three goals in the opening half, including two in a nine-second stretch, in lifting Hofstra to a 4-2 halftime edge.
Hofstra produced one of its stingiest defensive periods of the season to capitalize on the offensive production, limiting the Tigers to just two goals in out-shooting Towson, 20-7.
Sorichetti, who tallied a career-high 10 points in the Pride’s last home game against St. John’s, sustained his scoring groove under the Shuart Stadium lights by blasting a shot past for the opening goal 51 seconds in for an early Hofstra edge.
Towson answered back before DeNapoli potted his first goal. Towson’s Matt Lamon then dodged a defender and fired a shot from just outside of 10 yards, knotting the score at 2 with 8:23 left in the first half.
The Pride then took a two-goal edge with scoring strikes less than 10 seconds apart. Serling fed DeNapoli with a crisp pass directly in the slot for the easy finish a 3-2 lead with 6:27 left. Off the ensuing faceoff, Sorichetti set up DeNapoli’s third goal with 6:18 remaining in the second quarter.
Hofstra will next be in action on Tuesday, April 3 for a non-conference matchup against Dartmouth at Shuart Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. Tickets are available for Tuesday night’s game and can be purchased at the Mack Sports Complex Box Office during normal business hours, by phone at (516) 463-TIXX (8499) or online at www.GoHofstra.com.