Hofstra Offense Stays Hot, Breezes By SHU
from press release
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Junior Stephen Bentz recorded a career-high five goals and classmate Jay Card added four goals and three assists to lead the sixth-ranked Hofstra Pride to a 14-6 non-conference victory over Sacred Heart University at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. With their third consecutive victory, the Pride improve to 3-1 on the season while the Pioneers fall to 1-5.
Bentz's five goals, two in the first half and three in the second, topped his previous best of three set against Brown on March 6. Card, who had three goals in the first half, posted six points or more for the second straight game after recording two goals and four assists against Johns Hopkins on March 13. Jamie Lincoln, another Pride junior attackman, continued his hot hand with three goals and three assists. Freshman goalie Rob Bellairs stopped six shots in the Hofstra cage to record his third win of the season.
The Pioneers of Sacred Heart were led by seniors Timmy Katz with four goals and Evan Morgan with a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Tom Trgo stopped eight shots in the Sacred Heart cage.
The two teams exchanged the first six goals of the contest with Card's unassisted goal with two seconds remaining in the first quarter tying the game for the Pride at 3-3. But Katz's second goal of the contest-his 16th of the season, broke the tie just 2:11 into the second period and gave the Pioneers their fourth and final lead of the game at 4-3.
Hofstra then went on a 6-0 run behind two goals each by Bentz and Card to take a commanding 9-4 lead early in the third quarter. Bentz started the run-his second of the game and ninth of the season-off a pass from Mike DeNapoli with 10:56 to play in the first half. Lincoln notched his second of the game and 12th of the season five minutes later to give the Pride a 5-4 lead. Just 1:49 later, senior Dan Stein found Jay Card for his second of the game and seventh of the year and a 6-4 advantage. Card posted the hat-trick, with 16 seconds to play in the half, off a pass from Lincoln for a 7-4 lead at the break.
Bentz recorded his second hat-trick of the season 1:42 into the third quarter on a pass to the crease from sophomore middie Brad Loizeaux. Just 62 seconds later, Loizeaux scored his fifth goal of the season, on the run, to boost the Pride lead to 9-4. Katz ended Hofstra's run with his third of the game and 17th of the year with 8:55 to play in the third to cut the deficit to 9-5 through three quarters.
But the Pride opened the fourth quarter with three goals in the first 39 seconds as Bentz scored twice around a goal by junior long-stick middie Adam Mojica to bump the Hofstra lead to 12-6. Mojica's goal was the first of his career. Katz added his fourth of the game with 11:31 to play to bring the Pioneers within six at 12-6. But Card and Lincoln added goals in the final four minutes to close out the scoring.
Hofstra outshot Sacred Heart
34-27 and picked up 31 ground balls to the Pioneers 26. The Pride
return to action on Tuesday night, March 23 when they travel to St.
John's University for a 7 p.m. contest.
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