Still No Serling, Hofstra Beats Air Force to Match Best Start Since 1997
from staff reports
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Injured star midfielder Steve Serling did not play Sunday, but it did not matter for the fourth-ranked Hofstra men's lacrose team.
Senior Jay Card tallied three goals and two assists, junior Brad
Loizeaux added one goal and two assists, and goalie Andrew Gvozden
stopped eight shots to lead the Pride over Air Force, 11-6 at James
M. Shuart Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Pride, who equaled their
best start to a season since 1997, improve to 5-0 on the season
while the Falcons slip to 1-5.
Card, who became the eighth player in school history to record 100 career goals with his first goal of the game Sunday, recorded his second consecutive five-point game after posting six against Harvard on March 5. Loizeaux, who assisted on Card's final goal of the game, notched a season-high three points after posting a point in each of his first four games. Senior Jamie Lincoln added two assists. Gvozden, who posted his fifth victory of the season, made eight saves in 51:18 before being relieved by sophomore Rob Bellairs .
The Falcons of Air Force were led by senior Zach Carroll with two goals while senior Vinny Sandtorv and junior Adam Paranka each chipped in with one goal and one assist.
Hofstra jumped on Air Force early building a 6-1 lead midway through the second quarter. Junior Mike DeNapoli opened the scoring 8:48 into the contest on a bounce shot from 10 yards for a 1-0 lead. Loizeaux boosted the lead less than a minute later on a shot from eight yards after a short pass from Kevin Ford. The Falcons got on the board with 2:09 to play in the first quarter as Paranka capitalized on a Hofstra turnover near midfield to score his third of the year off a pass from Tristan Newkirk.
But the Pride scored the next four as Card assisted on the next two goals by senior Stephen Bentz (2 goals) and a man-up tally by sophomore Michael Burke before scoring the 100th of his career, on a jump shot from 10 yards, and sophomore Drew Coholan notching his second of the year from Loizeaux for a 6-1 lead with 8:35 to play in the half.
Air Force rallied with three unanswered goals as freshman Kyle Cassady tallied his second of the year from 12 yards out, and classmate Tommy McKee added his seventh of the year, in transition, 50 seconds later and Carroll posted his sixth of the season with 1:59 to play in the half to cut the deficit to 6-4.
But Hofstra went on a 5-1 run, including two goals in the final minute of the second quarter by sophomore Ian Braddish , and third quarter goals by Card and Bentz to boost the lead to 10-5. Card and Carroll exchanged fourth quarter goals to post the final 11-6 score.
The Pride outshot Air Force, 32-27 and picked up 32 ground balls to the Falcons' 26. Hofstra was also dominant in face-offs, capturing 16 of 20 with sophomore John Antoniades winning 15 of 19.
Hofstra returns to action and begins Colonial Athletic Association play next Saturday, March 19 when they travel to Newark, Delaware to face the Delaware Blue Hens at 1 p.m.
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