March 22, 2011

No. 8 Hofstra Wins 12th Straight at Home

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Senior attackmen Jay Card, Jamie Lincoln and Stephen Bentz combined for five goals and six assists to lead the eighth-ranked Hofstra Pride to an 8-5 non-conference victory over the St. John's Red Storm at James M. Shuart Stadium Tuesday night. The Pride, who won their 12th consecutive home game, improved to 6-1 on the season. St. John's fell to 1-6.

Card tallied two goals and two assists, Lincoln added one goal and three assists and Bentz chipped in with two goals and one assist for the Pride. Card's two goals give him 106 in his career, moving him into sixth place on the Pride career goals list. It also extended his consecutive game point streak to 35 contests. Card also moved into seventh place on the Hofstra career points list with 160 (106 goals, 54 assists). Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden made 11 saves and allowed three goals in 55 minutes.

St. John's was led by Ryan Fitzgerald with two goals while Kieran McArdle added a goal and two assists.

The Pride, which led 6-0 at halftime, scored the first seven goals of the game and led 7-0 six minutes into the third quarter. Sophomore Ian Braddish opened the scoring 1:32 into the game off a pass from Lincoln. Junior Kevin Ford, who had a goal and an assist in the game, notched his sixth goal of the year from Bentz with 3:21 to play in the period.

Hofstra added four more in the second as Bentz posted his 12th of the year, from Card, right off the opening face-off seven seconds into the period. Lincoln then fed Card for a man-up goal and his 12th overall on the season with 8:33 to play in the half. Sophomore Adrien Sorichetti added his second goal of the season almost two-and-a-half minutes later before Bentz tallied his second of the game, from Card, 41 seconds after Sorchetti's tally for a 6-0 halftime lead.

Card boosted the Pride lead to 7-0 with a behind-the-head goal, cutting across in front of the cage, off a pass from Lincoln 5:53 into the third. The Red Strom scored three unanswered goals to cut the lead to 7-3 as Ryan Fitzgerald scored back-to-back goals, his fifth and sixth of the year, and Brandon Ayers notched his third of the season with 1:33 to play in the third.

But Lincoln bumped up the Hofstra lead to 8-3 with his 12th goal of the year, from Ford, 2:15 into the final quarter before Joe Granata scored with 3:27 to play and Kieran McArdle notched his 12th of the season with one second remaining for the final 8-5 margin. The Red Storm outshot Hofstra, 33-27, and picked up 22 ground balls to Hofstra's 21.

Hofstra returns to action on Saturday, March 26 when they resume Colonial Athletic Association play and host the Dragons of Drexel at James M. Shuart Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.


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