Eight-Goal Run, Four Straight Wins for No. 10 Hofstra
from press release
NEWARK, Del. -- Adrian Sorichetti posted a season-high four goals,Chris Selva had a career-high 14 saves and the Pride defense shut down the Blue Hens top scorers as 10th-ranked Hofstra defeated Delaware, 10-5 in the CAA opener for both teams at Delaware Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Pride won their fourth consecutive game to improve to 5-1 on the season and 1-0 I n conference play while Delaware fell to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in the CAA.
Sorichetti, who tallied a career-high seven goals against St. John's last season, posted the second-most goals in a game in his career against the Blue Hens and added an assist for a five-point day. Freshman Brian von Bargen and sophomore Mike Malave each added season-highs of two goals while newcomer Sam Llinaresadded a goal and an assist. Junior Torin Varn scored the Pride's other goal.
But it was the Pride defense that stood tall again as Selva posted his fifth win, making seven saves in each half and toping his previous best of 12 against Sacred Heart in the season opener. The Pride defense, led by close defensemen Mark Mullen, Cody Solaja and Michael Hamilton, and the defensive middies shut down Delaware's top three scores not allowing a single point,
The Blue Hens were led by Beau M. Jones with two goals and Ian Robertson with a goal and an assist. Blue Hen goalie Chris Herbert made eight saves in the Delaware cage.
The Blue Hens struck first in the contest, just 1:33 into the game, as Jones scored in front, off a pass from Kormondy. But Malave tied the game for the Pride with his fifth goal of the season off a pass from Sorichetti just 2:02 later. Delaware would take their second lead of the game just 12 seconds later as Robertson scored his second of the year, from Dom Sebastiani, for a 2-1 lead.
But Hofstra, as has been the case in four previous wins, went on a big goal spurt-this time eight unanswered goals-to turn the contest into a rout. Sorichetti started the run with an extra-man goal off a pass from Coholan at the 9:12 mark to tie the game at 2-2. Von Bargen notched his third of the year 2:47 later off a pass from Llinares to give the Pride a 3-2 advantage and a lead they would not relinquish.
Hofstra tallied three more in the second quarter as Malave notched his sixth of the year on the run 3:49 into the period. Sorichetti posted his second of the contest six minutes later on another runner, and Varn closed out the first half scoring with his 17th of the season on the dodge with 2:23 to play in the second for a 6-2 lead at the break.
The Pride added two more in the third quarter as Llinares scored off a cross-field pass from sophomore Tyler Begleyat the 5:40 mark and von Bargen notched his second of the game on a runner five minutes later for an 8-2 lead after three quarters. Sorichetti scored Hofstra's last goal in the eight-goal run 3:52 into the fourth quarter for his third of the contest.
The Blue Hens then scored three unanswered goals as Jones notched his second of the game seven seconds later, Connor Frisina picked up a rebound and scored his third of the season five minutes later, and Tom Holland tallied his third of the year a little over a minute later to close to 9-5.
But Sorichetti notched his fourth of the game and eighth of the year with 3:23 to play to close out the scoring in the 10-5 Pride victory. Hofstra outshot Delaware, 31-29 while the Blue Hens picked up 35 ground balls to the Pride's 23. Hofstra also killed off six Delaware man-up opportunities.
The Pride return to action on Tuesday, March 19 when they travel into Queens, New York to face the Red Storm of St. John's. Game time at DaSilva Memorial Stadium is 3 p.m.