Last-Second Goal Sends Hofstra To Comeback Win Over Towson
April 13, 2009
Courtesy of Towson
TOWSON, Md. – Senior midfielder Ryan Carter (St. Ignatius H.S./San Francisco, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal with 3.2 seconds left in regulation as fifth-ranked Hofstra University (9-1, 5-0) rallied from a 10-7 deficit to win its seventh straight game, an 11-10 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Towson University (5-7, 3-2) at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Pride, who clinched a share of the CAA regular season title with the victory, trailed by three goals with 8:33 remaining before rallying to defeat the Tigers for the fourth time in the last five meetings.
“Turnovers were a big problem for us today,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “That’s why Hofstra is ranked fifth in the country and we’re not. That’s why they’re 9-1 and we’re not.”
After the Pride took a timeout with 10 seconds remaining, Carter scored on a shot from six yards out past junior goalkeeper Rob Wheeler (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) to give Hofstra a one-goal advantage. The Pride won the ensuing face-off and earned the victory.
The Pride took a quick 3-0 lead with three unassisted goals before junior midfielder Pat Britton (Seneca Valley H.S./Germantown, Md.) led a four-goal run by the Tigers, giving Towson a 4-3 advantage with 9:23 remaining in the second quarter.
After senior midfielder Anthony Muscarella (Wantagh H.S./Wantagh, N.Y.) tied the game at 4-4, Britton and junior midfielder Will Harrington (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) tallied back-to-back goals to give Towson a two-goal lead with 12:44 remaining in the third quarter.
The teams exchanged goals twice before Harrington scored his second goal of the game, an unassisted goal with 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter to give Towson a 9-6 advantage.
Freshman midfielder Brad Loizeaux (The Tatnall School/Mullica Hill, N.J.) scored an unassisted goal with 10:49 remaining in the fourth quarter to narrow the margin to 9-7 before freshman attackman Sean Maguire (Calvert Hall H.S./Lutherville, Md.) regained the Tigers’ three-goal cushion by scoring off a feed from senior attackman Bill McCutcheon (Chatham H.S./Chatham, N.J.) with 8:33 left.
With 6:31 remaining, Carter scored off a feed from senior midfielder Michael Colleluori (Ridley H.S./Holmes, Pa.) to ignite the Pride’s four-goal run. Muscarella and freshman attackman Kevin Ford (Floral Park H.S./Floral Park, N.Y.) also scored goals to tie the score at 10-10, setting the stage for Carter’s heroic effort.
Muscarella led the Pride by scoring a season-high four goals while Ford added the first “hat trick” of his college career with three goals.
Making the first start of his college career, Britton scored three goals to lead the Tigers in the loss while Harrington added a pair of goals. Senior midfielder Mitchell Rosensweig (Pikesville H.S./Baltimore, Md.) won 16 of 25 face-offs along with a season-high 13 ground balls.
Wheeler had 13 saves in the loss for Towson as the Pride outshot the Tigers by a 38-28 margin.
The Tigers will complete their Colonial Athletic Association schedule next Saturday afternoon when they travel to the University of Delaware for a 1 p.m. game against the Blue Hens. The game will be broadcast in the Baltimore area on WTMD-FM 89.7.
Meanwhile, the Pride will host 10th-ranked North Carolina next Saturday night at James M. Shuart Stadium at 7 p.m.
College Men’s Lacrosse: #5 Hofstra University 11, Towson University 10
Hofstra (9-1, 5-0) 3 1 2 5 - 11
Towson (5-7, 3-2) 1 3 5 1 - 10
Goals: HOF – Anthony Muscarella 4, Kevin Ford 3, Ryan Carter 2, Tom Dooley 1, Brad Loizeaux 1; TOW – Pat Britton 3, Will Harrington 2, Tim Stratton 1, Randall Cooper 1, Sean Maguire 1, Kyle Smedley 1, Matt Lamon 1. Assists: HOF – Michael Colleluori 2, Jay Card 1; TOW – Justin Schneider 3, Randall Cooper 1, Bill McCutcheon 1, Mitchell Rosensweig 1, Tim Stratton 1. Saves: HOF – Andrew Gvozden 9 (60:00, 10 goals allowed); TOW – Rob Wheeler 13 (60:00, 11 goals allowed). Shots: HOF – 38; TOW – 28. Extra-Man Opportunities: HOF – 0 for 1; TOW – 0 for 0. Attendance: 993.
· Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Pride marked the 40th all-time meeting between the two teams … Hofstra has now won four of the last five meetings in the series and has a 21-19 advantage over the Tigers.
· It was also the ninth game in the all-time series decided by one goal … Hofstra has won seven of those nine games.
· There was only one penalty called in the game on Saturday, a 30-second penalty against Towson in the first quarter … Entering Saturday’s game, the Tigers led the CAA in fewest penalties and penalty minutes per game while Hofstra was ranked second in the league.
· Despite the loss, the Tigers can still clinch a berth in the CAA Tournament with a Delaware win over Robert Morris … The Tigers own the tiebreaker over the Colonials, Sacred Heart and Drexel.
· The Pride improved to 5-0 this year in one-goal games … Of the five one-goal games, three of them have been by an 11-10 score.
· Hofstra Coach Seth Tierney won his 25th game with the Pride … He is now 25-15 in three years at Hofstra … Of those 40 games, 21 of them have been decided by one goal … He is 12-9 in those games.
· The Tigers are now 46-9 (.836) when scoring 10 or more goals since the beginning of the 2002 season … It was the first time in four games this season that the Tigers have lost when scoring 10 or more goals.
· Saturday’s loss snapped a streak of six straight wins when scoring at least 10 goals in a game.
· The Tigers had a player record a “hat trick” for the fifth time this season … The Tigers are 3-1 when a player scores three or more goals in a game this year.
· Ford recorded his first “hat trick” of the season and the second of his career … He also had a “hat trick” against Brown last year.
· Muscarella tallied his third “hat trick” of the season … In his career against Towson, he has scored 11 goals with two assists.
· Britton recorded the first “hat trick” of his college career in the loss to Hofstra … It was also his third straight game with a goal and the third multi-goal game of his career.
· Senior midfielder Justin Schneider tied a career high with three assists against Hofstra on Saturday … He also had three assists as a sophomore against Molloy.
· Schneider also recorded an assist for the third consecutive game.
· Britton, Harrington and freshman defenseman Michael Landy made the first starts of their college careers.
· Prior to the game against Hofstra, Maguire had scored all of his goals away from Johnny Unitas® Stadium … It was just his second point at home this season.
· Harrington has now scored a goal in four straight games … During that stretch, he has 8 of his 14 goals on the season.
· Wheeler recorded his sixth game of at least ten saves this season … He was just one save shy of matching his career high, which he set against Loyola and Air Force earlier this season.