April 5, 2008

Sacred Heart Suffers 20-3 CAA Loss at #20 Hofstra

April 5, 2008

Final Stats

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (April 5, 2008) - The #20 ranked Hofstra Pride scored 14-straight goals starting in the second quarter through the end of the game while converting eight-of-10 man-up opportunities and keeping Sacred Heart off the scored board in the second half en route to a 20-3 run away win in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday afternoon. Jay Card and Tom Dooley led the attack with five goals apiece as the Pride rang up 53 shots in the win, evening their record at 4-4 while improving to 2-1 in the CAA. The Pioneers were held scoreless for the last 40:41 of play, managing a season-low three goals on just 18 shots.

Sacred Heart (6-3, 1-2 CAA) struck first Saturday afternoon as junior Bobby Rushton (West Islip, NY) scored his 11th goal of the year off a feed from senior Tony Tanzi (Mahopac, NY) just under two minutes into play. Hofstra's Card notched it at one apiece at the 9:34 mark with his first of five on the day, coming unassisted.

Junior Bobby Karl (Clifton Park, NY) gave SHU what proved to be their final lead of the day at 4:21 of the first, scoring man-up off a feed from junior Dan Casciano (Syracuse, NY). The Pride tied it at 2-2 just before the end of the quarter as Tom Interlicchio buried a pass from Stephen Bentz.

The second quarter saw Hofstra (4-4, 2-1 CAA) put four-straight on the board in a matter of 3:24 to take control. Dooley started it with the Pride's first of eight man-up goals at 14:52 and Card ended the run with at 11:36 with his third for a 6-2 lead. Tanzi gave the Pioneers a brief reprieve notching his 10th goal of the year at 10:41 from sophomore Timmy Katz (Freeport, NY) but that was all she wrote for the SHU offense the rest of the day.

The Pride closed the first half with four more markers, one each from Card, Interlicchio, Michael Unterstein and Dooley to lead 10-3 at the break. The second half was all Hofstra as the Pride out shot the Pioneers 29-5 over the final 30 minutes, scoring 10 times and keeping the SHU off the scoreboard.

The Pioneers took seven of their season-high 10 penalties in the second half and the Pride took full advantage, scoring six times during their run. All five of Sacred Heart's shots came during the third quarter. Sacred Heart turned it over 22 times, 12 in the second half, and was just 13-of-20 on clears. The Pride finished a perfect 16-of-16 clearing the ball in the win.

SHU senior Ricardo Vargas (Falls Church, VA) made eight saves in just over a half of play while junior Mike Murtha (Bay Shore, NY) made three saves in relief.

Sacred Heart is right back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they return home to Campus Field where they are 5-0 this year to play host to Towson in a CAA match-up. Face-off is slated for 2:00 pm.

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