Hempstead, NY – Six Pride players scored goals and junior goalie Andrew Gvozden made eight saves to lead ninth-ranked Hofstra to a 6-3 victory against Colgate in the season opener for both teams at James M. Shuart Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
Senior All-American Jay Card tallied a goal in the four-goal second quarter run that turned a 1-1 contest into a 5-1 halftime lead. Card, who led the Pride with 22 assists last season, assisted on the goal by senior Stephen Bentz that followed his own during the run. Colgate senior attackman Andrew Mould scored back-to-back goals in the third and fourth quarters to cut the deficit to 5-3 for the Raiders.
Battling against a slow-paced, deliberate offense employed by Colgate, the Pride got on the board 8:31 into the contest when junior Brad Loizeaux scored on a runner from nine yards out to the left of Raider goalie Jared Madison for a 1-0 lead. Madison would stop the Pride twice from close range in the first quarter to keep the score at 1-0 after one period.
Colgate tied the game 5:55 into the second quarter when junior Patrick Campbell fed freshman Brendon McCann with a short pass to the crease to tie the game at 1-1.
But in a span of 4:32, the Pride took advantage of having the ball to tally four unanswered goals. Sophomore Adrian Sorichetti broke the tie, taking a short pass from sophomore Aaron Jones in the middle of the box, and firing a bullet past Madison from eight yards with 5:30 to play in the half. Card made it 3-1 with 2:13 to play in the second, taking a short pass from sophomore Ian Braddish five yards to the right of the Colgate goalie and firing a bullet into the cage. Just 10 seconds later, right off the face-off, Card fed Bentz who scored from four yards in front of the cage. Junior Kevin Ford ended the run with just 57 seconds remaining in the half on a bullet from the middle of the field from 14 yards out off a pass from graduate-student Steve Serling.
The Raiders would try to mount a comeback with Mould scoring 4:52 into the third quarter on a runner from eight yards to the right of Gvozden, and on a shot from 13 yards off a pass from sophomore Peter Baum just 3:33 into the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 5-3.
But Hofstra All-American Jamie Lincoln dashed the Colgate hopes with 5:43 to play in the game, dodging his defender, going in one-on-one with the goalie and depositing the ball high in the cage for a 6-3 advantage.
Hofstra was outshot 23-19 but picked up 25 ground balls to the Raiders’ 14.