DeNapoli Helps Hofstra Get By Saint Joseph's
from press release
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Senior Mike DeNapoli tallied two goals and three assists for a career-best five points and four other Pride players scored twice as Hofstra downed the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 13-9 in a CAA game at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Pride, who posted their second consecutive win, improved to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Hawks slipped to 3-7 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
In addition to DeNapoli, who recorded a career-high three assists, the Pride received two goals and one assist from graduate-student Steve Serling, junior Adrian Sorichetti and sophomore Lance Yapor while freshman Tyler Begley scored twice. Junior Aaron Jones added a goal and an assist while senior Andrew Gvozden made seven saves for his sixth win of the season.
The Hawks were led by sophomore Ryan McGee with three goals while seniors Bobby Hurley and Augustus Quinzani each scored twice and Patrick Townsend added two assists. Senior goalie Griffin Ferrigan made 14 saves in the Hawks cage.
The Pride scored the first four goals of the contest in 3:39 as DeNapoli scored the first two, off assists from Steve Serling and Lance Yapor, after the first 1:31. Begley made it 3-0 just 40 seconds later, off a pass from DeNapoli, and Jones notched his third of the season with 11:21 to play in the first quarter. The Pride kept the Hawks off the board until the 13:10 mark of the period when Augustus Quinzani came around the cage and beat Gvozden to close the first quarter scoring.
Saint Joseph's climbed back into the game by scoring two of the first three goals in the second quarter as Quinzani and McGee sandwiched a Sorichetti goal to close to 5-3 with 11:11 to play in the half. But the Pride responded with two goals in the final three minutes of the quarter to take a 7-3 halftime lead as Sorichetti notched his second of the game and 22nd of the season with 2:53 to play and Begley posted his second of the contest and 10th of the year with 49 seconds remaining.
Hofstra boosted the lead to 8-3 just 1:05 into the third quarter as Yapor scored his 18th of the season from DeNapoli. But Saint Joseph's responded with four of the next five goals as Hurley scored almost two minutes later ,from Michael Dougherty, and then added his eighth of the year with 1:50 to play to cut the lead to 8-5. Pride juniorJohn Antoniades won the ensuing face-off and scored his first goal of the year five seconds later to boost the lead back to four at 9-5.
The Hawks didn't quit as Johnny Simanski scored off a pass from Patrick Townsend with 21 seconds to play in the third, and then closed to 9-7 on McGee's 16th goal of the season 2:54 into the fourth quarter.
But the Pride scored four unanswered goals as Serling scored his eighth of the year 2:05 later and sophomoreStephen DiGiovanni notched his fifth of the season from Aaron Jones at the midway mark of the quarter before Serling and Yapor scored man-up goals 22 seconds apart on a one-minute non-releasable penalty to boost the lead to 13-7 with 6:02 to play.
The Hawks ' Kyle Williams scored a man-up goal with 3:03 to play and McGee added his 17th of the year with 1:44 to bring Saint Joseph's within four and close out the scoring in the contest. Hofstra outshot the Hawks, 40-34 and picked up 38 ground balls to Saint Joseph's 21. Hofstra junior John Antoniades won 19 of 25 face-offs in the contest.