April 5, 2011

Strong Start Carries Hofstra Past Manhattan

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Senior Jaime Lincoln tallied three goals and one assist and classmate Stephen Bentz added one goal and three assists as the eighth-ranked Pride of Hofstra cruised to a 13-8 victory over Manhattan College at James M. Shuart Stadium Tuesday night. Hofstra, which recorded its fourth consecutive win and 14th straight win at home, improves to 9-1 on the season. Manhattan falls to 3-9.

The Pride scored the first seven goals of the contest and led 10-2 at halftime on their way to the easy victory. The Jaspers scored five times in the fourth quarter with Hofstra scoring just once to close the deficit at the end. Lincoln had his fourth hat-trick of the season with just 3:01 gone in the second quarter and classmate Jay Card had notched his third hat-trick of the year with 1:53 to play in the half. With his three points, Card has tied Chris Unterstein (2003-06) for fifth place on the Hofstra all-time career points list with 166 (112-54). Sophomore Ian Braddish tallied two goals and one assist. Senior short-stick defensive middie Steve DeNapoli equaled his career-best with two assists while sophomore face-off specialist John Antoniades won 12 of 17 face-offs and picked up a game-high nine ground balls. Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden played the first 33:47, allowing two goals and needing to make just one save.

Manhattan was led by freshman Marcel Godino with two goals while junior Brendan Rogers had a goal and an assist.

Lincoln opened the scoring just 2:51 into the game with his 20th of the season from six yards out. Card scored his 17th off a pass from Bentz with 9:31 to play in the quarter to make it 2-0. Sophomore Ian Braddish scored the first of two goals on the night, going around a Jasper for an unassisted goal, his ninth of the season, five minutes later. Bentz then notched his 17th of the year  from Lincoln on a pass to the crease for a 4-0 advantage with two minutes to play in the first. Lincoln added his second of the game and 21st of the season, from Bentz, with six seconds to play for a 5-0 lead after one quarter.

Lincoln boosted the lead to 6-0 with a man-up goal from Kevin Ford just 3:01 into the second and Card added a man-up goal, from junior Mike DeNapoli, 39 seconds later for a 7-0 lead. Card and Bentz extended their consecutive point scoring streaks to 38 and 25 games, respectively.

The Jaspers scored back-to-back goals starting almost a minute later as senior Justin Jensen tallied his 16th of the season at the 10:28 mark and junior Brendan Rogers added his 10th of the season at the 7:54 mark to close the gap to 7-2.

But the Pride scored the next four goals and five of the next six to open up a bigger margin. Sophomore Michael Burke started the four goal run with an extra-man goal from Bentz at the 4:12 mark. Card then completed his hat-trick, off a pass from senior Tim Holman, just under two minutes and Mike DeNapoli , notched his third of the season with an assist from his cousin Steven DeNapoli just four seconds before halftime. Braddish completed the run 51 seconds into the third quarter with his 10th goal of the year.

Manhattan senior Mike Llewellyn ended the Hofstra run with his eighth goal of the season before Hofstra sophomore Adrian Sorichetti closed out the scoring in the period with his fourth goal of the year from freshman Torin Varn with 16 seconds remaining for a 12-3 lead after three quarters.

Hofstra outshot the Jaspers, 25-19, and picked up 36 ground balls to Manhattan's 19 in the contest. The Pride return to action on Saturday, April 9 when they travel to Philadelphia for a CAA contest against St. Joseph's at 1 p.m.


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