Hofstra dominates winless St. Joe's
Pride's Card extends scoring streak to 39 games
PHILADELPHIA – The Hawks scored the first goal of the game.
The Pride tallied the next 11.
Eighth-ranked Hofstra rolled to an 11-3 CAA victory against St. Joseph’s. The Pride, which won their fifth consecutive contest, improve to 10-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play while the Hawks remain winless (0-9 overall, 0-4 in the CAA).
Hofstra was led by Jamie Lincoln with three goals and one assist, Jay Card with three goals and Ian Braddish with a career-high four assists. Kevin Ford added two goals and one assist while Stephen Bentz had one goal and one assist. Junior Andrew Gvozden allowed just one goal and made seven saves in 53:45 of action before being relieved by sophomore Rob Bellairs. St. Joseph’s was led by senior Scott Cullinan with a goal and an assist while Kyle Williams and Kyle Mahoney each added one goal.
The Pride found themselves in a slowed down game early as the Hawks played keep away and held the ball from 90 to 150 seconds in their early possessions. It paid off 6:16 into the contest when Matt Dougherty fed Cullinan from behind the cage for the game's first goal.
Hofstra started its run 5:20 later as senior Steven DeNapoli fired a running bounce shot past Hawks' goalie Chris Moffa (33 min., 8 GA, 8 saves) to tie the game at 1-1. It was DeNapoli’s third goal of the year. Just 49 seconds later, Lincoln took a pass from Ford on the left side of the crease and buried it for his 23rd goal of the season.
The Pride added four more goals in the second quarter as Bentz notched his 18th of the year off a short pass from Braddish 3:33 into the quarter for a 3-1 advantage. Lincoln scored his second of the contest 1:11 later on a pass from behind the cage from Bentz. Card then scored his 20th of the season off a pass from a falling down Braddish in front at the 8:54 mark to make it 5-1. The goals by Bentz and Card extended their consecutive game goal scoring streaks to 13 and 12, respectively. Their points also extended their points scoring streaks to 26 and 39 games, respectively. Ford closed out the scoring in the first half with an unassisted goal after dodging two players for a 6-1 halftime lead. Hofstra outshot the Hawks, 16-7, in the first half.
Hofstra added three more in the third quarter and two more in the fourth to boost the lead to 11-1 midway through the final period. Ford scored his seventh goal of the year to start the scoring in the second half just 1:53 into the third quarter. Card tallied his second of the game and 21st of the season, from Lincoln, almost two minutes later and Lincoln scored from Braddish to make it a 9-1 game after three quarters. Brad Loizeaux scored his fifth
of the season from Braddish 2:39 into the fourth quarter and Card notched his third, during the man-up, almost five minutes later to end the run.
Mahoney scored a man-up goal, from Cullinan, with 4:30 to play for the Hawks and Kyle Williams added an all-even goal with 33 seconds to play to close out the scoring. Hofstra outshot the Hawks, 35-20 and picked up 29 ground balls to St. Joe’s 19.