Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of Hofstra

Providence, RI -- Sophomore Jay Card's fourth goal of the game with 19 seconds remaining in the second overtime capped a furious 11-10 come-from-behind Hofstra victory over #15 Brown at Mesiter-Kavan Field Saturday afternoon. The 13th-ranked Pride, who rallied back from a 10-3 deficit midway through the third quarter, improved to 2-0 on the season while Brown falls to 1-1. It is Hofstra's first 2-0 start since the 1997 season when the Pride opened up with five straight wins.

Card, who tallied three of Hofstra's last seven goals including the game-winner, took a cross-crease pass from senior Michael Colleluori in the air and dunked the ball behind Brown goalie Jordan Burke in the second OT. The Pride were in the man-up situation following an illegal check penalty on Brown midfielder Thomas Muldoon with just 40 seconds remaining in the second extra session.  

Card finished with four goals and one assist but was topped by senior middie Michael Colleluori, who posted two goals and career-highs of four assists and six points. Senior middie Anthony Muscarella and red-shirt freshman Kevin Ford chipped in each with a goal and an assist. Pride junior goalie Danny Orlando recorded nine saves in the contest including big stops in each of the extra periods. The Bears of Brown were led by sophomore Andrew Feinberg with three goals and two assists while Muldoon and attackman Kyle Hollingsworth each added a goal and an assist. Burke stopped 15 shots in the Brown cage.

Brown jumped on the Pride early, building a 4-0 lead late in the first quarter on a man-up-goal from senior Jack Walsh, and even-handed goals by senior Nic Bell, senior Todd Faiella, and Feinberg. Hofstra sophomore middie Steven DeNapoli put the Pride on the board with 3:05 to play in the period with his second goal of the year from 10 yards out in the center of the box to close the gap to 4-1 after one period. In the second quarter, Feinberg and junior Collins Carey sandwiched a Pride goal by Colleluori, his third of the season, to take a 6-2 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Just 11 seconds into the third quarter, Hollingsworth fed junior Jake Hardy for his first goal of the season to boost the Bears' lead to 7-2. Card got one back for the Pride with an unassisted tally two minutes later before Brown made a run that looked to put the game out of reach for the Pride. A minute after Card's fourth goal of the year, Feinberg notched his third of the game and sixth of the season to boost the lead back to five at 8-3. Five minutes later, Hollingsworth took a pass from Feinberg and buried a 10-yard bullet behind Orlando. Right off the ensuing face-off -seven seconds later-Muldoon notched his third of the season off a pass from Feinberg to boost the lead to 10-3 with 6:17 to play in the third.

But the Pride did not quit. Two minutes later Colleluori started the Pride on their long way back with a goal from eight yards off a pass from Muscarella. Card then notched his second of the game and fifth of the season 1:19 later off a perfect pass to the crease by Colleluori to close the deficit to 10-5. Card added an extra-man goal 3:36 into the fourth quarter off a pass from Colleluori and senior Tom Dooley notched his first goal of the season off a pass from Card 24 seconds later to inch closer to 10-7.

Hofstra junior Danny Stein scored his third goal of the season on the crease after a pretty pass from Ford with 4:18 to play and a little over a minute later Ford fired a bullet from 10 yards out in the center of the box, after a pass from Colleluori, to close to 10-9 with 3:15 remaining. The Pride got the ball back with just under two minutes remaining in regulation. Muscarella, who sat out last week's opener against UMass, made a run down the right side of Brown goalie Jordan Burke and fired a bullet that beat the senior netminder high and to the far side to tie the game at 10-all with 1:08 to play. The last 58 ticks were highlighted by solid defense before Pride defender was whistled for a slash with five seconds to play.

In the first overtime Dooley had a point-blank shot at the gage for the Pride that was blocked by Brown senior defender Ryan Cassil before Orlando came up big on a shot by Muldoon with 48 seconds left. The Bears took its last possession of the first OT with 23 seconds remaining but Hofstra junior co-captain Adam Swarsen stripped his Brown opponent of the ball with nine seconds to play to send the game into a second overtime.

The first two minutes of the second OT were highlighted by turnover exchanges before Hofstra had its first good chance of the period to score. With 1:29 to play Muscarella fired a bullet from straight on that was stopped by Burke. After a Brown timeout, the Bears were stuffed on a shot by Orlando before a second shot bounced off the far post behind Orlando. On the ensuing scramble Muldoon was whistled for hitting Steven DeNapoli with an illegal body check giving the Pride a one minute advantage with 40 seconds left in the second extra session and setting up Card's second game-winning goal of the year and the fifth of his young career. The Pride outshot the Bears, 44-3, and picked up 35 ground balls to Brown's 32 in the contest.

Hofstra  returns to action next Saturday, March 7 when they travel to Baltimore to face sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field. Game time is Noon.