Pioneers Unable to Solve #9 Hofstra in Fourth Quarter of Season Opener

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Junior attack Matt King (Brewster, N.Y.) scored his second of the game to tie the game at five early in the fourth quarter, but #9 Hofstra went on to score five straight en route to handing the Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team a 10-6 defeat at Campus Field on Saturday afternoon.

For the Pioneers, it was their season opener and second straight season falling to a ranked opponent on their home field in the first game of the year.  Last year, SHU battled #17 Massachusetts to a 15-12 decision.

Freshman attack Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) scored a man-up goal, from sophomore midfielder Trevor Dauses (Glen Arm, Md.), to give Sacred Heart an early 1-0 lead on his first collegiate score.  With 5:12 remaining in the first, Hofstra senior attack Jamie Lincoln tied the game on a man-up goal of his own.

Junior midfielder Aaron Lupo (Schenectady, N.Y.) put the Pioneers back on top with a score one minute later and King tallied his first of the afternoon to extend the SHU lead to 3-1 before the close of the opening frame.

The Pride made a run late in the second quarter to tie the game at three before heading into the locker room.  With just 1:39 to play before the break, graduate student Steven Serling registered his first of three goals to cut the lead to one.  Hofstra (2-0) tied the game on a goal from senior Stephen Bentz with only 28 seconds remaining in the half.

Sacred Heart went back on top as sophomore attack Bryan Badolato (West Islip, N.Y.) sent a pass from behind the cage to junior midfielder Parker Wilson (Cary, N.C.) who fired the ball into the net.  The Pride battled back for the third tie of the game when senior attack Jay Card scored with 10:16 to play in the third.  Sophomore attack Michael Burke gave Hofstra its first lead of the day with less than three minutes in the period as he recorded a man-up goal, assisted by Serling.

After King, assisted by freshman attack Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.), tied the game early in the fourth, the Pride rattled off five straight goals to create all the separation it would need to pull out the win.  With 10:16 remaining, Serling put Hofstra back on top and a little over three minutes later sophomore midfielder Aaron Jones posted the game winner.

Bentz and Serling each finished the day with a hat trick, while Serling also dished out four assists.  For the Pioneers, Badolato collected a pair of assists on the afternoon.

Senior goalie Zach Frank (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) made eight saves between the pipes for SHU, while his counterpart junior Andrew Gvozden stopped seven shots in the win.  Hofstra held a 28-25 advantage in shots for the game.

The Pride also held a 31-26 edge in groundballs as senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli led the way with seven pick-ups.  Hofstra made good on two man-up chances in five tries, while Sacred Heart went just 2-8 on the extra man opportunities.

SHU remains winless in 10 tries against the Pride, but continues to give its former Colonial rival fits when playing in Fairfield.  In 2009, Hofstra escaped with a narrow 6-5 victory and again in 2007 took a 10-8 win on Campus Field.

The Pioneers return to action next Saturday as they visit Marist for a 1:00 pm face-off.