March 14, 2009

Hempstead, NY --

Freshman goalie Andrew Gvozden shined in his second collegiate start, registering nine saves as the 12th-ranked Pride led wire-to-wire in a 9-7 victory over previously undefeated No. 3 Princeton Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Senior midfielder Anthony Muscarella (Wantagh, NY) tallied a hat trick and fellow senior middie Ryan Carter (San Francisco, CA) added a pair of goals as the Pride defeated a top-3 opponent for the second consecutive season.   Hofstra improved to 3-1 with all victories coming against nationally-ranked opponents while the Tigers fell to 4-1.

Senior attacker Tom Dooley (Yorktown Heights, NY) added a goal and one assist as Hofstra fended off Princeton's four-goal fourth quarter rally for its first win over a top-10 opponent since knocking off No. 1 Johns Hopkins in May 2008. Hofstra Head Coach Seth Tierney also defeated his uncle and mentor in Tigers Head Coach Bill Tierney for the first time. The elder Tierney led Princeton to victories over Hofstra in the first two meetings.

Hofstra surged to a 5-1 halftime lead and both schools racked up two goals in the third quarter to keep the Pride's lead at four goals. Muscarella added his fifth goal of the season 2:42 into the third and freshman Brad Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, NJ) tallied his first NCAA goal just three minutes later as the Pride built its largest lead of the game at 7-1.

Yet Princeton's leading scorer Jack McBride notched his 10th and 11th goals of the season to cut the deficit to four heading into the final quarter. The Tigers moved within 8-6 and enjoyed a man advantage before the Pride killed a penalty for an illegal check at the 7:34 mark. The penalty kill galvanized Hofstra into a key insurance goal with 6:09 left when Muscarella took Carter's pass and fired a 12-yard laser that made it 9-6.

That goal proved critical when Tommy Davis made it a two-goal game with 1:24 remaining. Princeton had a chance to make it a one-goal game before turning it over just inside the final minute. Hofstra got possession back and ran out the clock for the win.

Princeton outshot Hofstra, 33-24, though Gvozden was up the challenge. The Millersville, MD native came off an 11-save debut against Johns Hopkins last week by making five second half saves.  Hofstra was also 17-for-19 on clears.

Slow starts plagued Hofstra in the first three games, though the Pride shrugged off those problems by jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the first quarter. Gvozden made one save while facing eight shots to blank the Tigers through the first 15 minutes.

Tom Interlicchio fired a sharp-angle shot to the low-right side of the cage, opening the scoring nearly seven minutes into the contest. Muscarella followed with a running wind-up shot eight yards away from the crease just 48 seconds later.

Scott MacKenzie put Princeton on the board almost three minutes into the second quarter before Hofstra answered right back at the 9:30 mark. Tom Dooley's deft flip pass to Ryan Carter near the crease set up a quick-strike goal, making it 3-1.

A key defensive play extended Hofstra's momentum late in the first half. Gvozden's point-blank stick save on Mark Kovler's shot initiated a breakout the other way. Dooley completed the momentum shift, taking Card's pass and firing it into the net for a 4-1 lead with 3:06 remaining.  Hofstra went into halftime on a high note thanks to Carter's goal with five seconds left. Out of a Princeton timeout, Colleluori found Carter for a bullet from 10 yards out, giving the Pride a 5-1 edge at the break, chasing Tigers starting goalie Tyler Fiorito.

The Pride will return to action next Saturday, March 21 when they travel to Fairfield, Connecticut to face the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University at 1 p.m. The Tigers will host Albany next Friday at 3 p.m.