Army vs. Hofstra
March 24, 2009
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army senior attackman Jason Peyer scored three goals, while sophomore goalkeeper Tom Palesky was credited with 18 saves, but it was No. 6 Hofstra escaping with a 9-8 double-overtime victory, Tuesday night, at Michie Stadium.

Army (5-4) battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits to end the third and the fourth quarters, including the game-tying goal by senior midfielder Kevin LoRusso with 5:16 remaining in regulation, but it was Pride sophomore attackman Jay Card making two twisting dodges to make enough room to get off a seven-yard shot that went over Palesky’s right shoulder for the game winner with 1:13 remaining in the second overtime.

“I’m especially proud of the way our guys played tonight. It was a great game by both teams,” said Army head coach Joe Alberici. “I thought we had the best of the opportunities during the overtime periods, but you have to give their goalie a lot of credit for making some big plays when it counted down the stretch.”

Hofstra (5-1) freshman goalie Andrew Gvozden was credited with a career-best 17 saves, including two in the first overtime and another in the second, to preserve the Pride’s third-straight victory.

Hofstra got on the board first with an extra-man goal at 11:04. Senior midfielder Michael Colleluori took a feed from sophomore midfielder Stephen Bentz and converted from five yards away to start the scoring. Army answered by converting its own man-up opportunity at the 8:46 mark following a Pride slashing penalty. Peyer took a pass from McCallion and tied the game with a tally at the 8:46 mark.

With the final seconds of the first quarter winding down, sophomore attackman Jeremy Boltus took a shot from 10 yards away that deflected straight up in the air off a Hofstra defender and came down on Gvozden’s back where it rolled into the goal to give the Black Knights a 2-1 lead with 10 seconds showing on the clock.

Hofstra scored the lone goal of the second quarter as Card made a nice move to evade an Army defender and scored a man-up goal from close range to make it a 2-2 game after the first half.

Army started fast in the second half with two goals in a span of 34 seconds. Peyer found the net on a 15-yard bouncer at 12:56, before freshman midfielder Sean O'Sullivan took a pass from senior midfielder Alex Rhoads and sent a 15-yard low-liner past Gvozden to make it a 4-2 Black Knight edge at 12:22.

Hofstra went on a four-goal run to take a 6-4 lead. Colleluori made a great ball fake and bounced home an unassisted tally at 11:28 and then made a nice feed to Card who scored on a behind-the-back shot from close range to tie the game, 4-4, at 8:44. Colleluori sent home his third goal of the night from seven-yards out at 8:10, before senior midfielder Anthony Muscarella took a feed from freshman attackman Kevin Ford and rifled Hofstra’s third man-up goal of the evening past Palesky from 12 yards away to stake the visitors to a 6-4 lead at 3:47.

Army scored two goals in the final nine seconds of the period to knot the game back up, 6-6. O’Sullivan dished a pass off to Peyer, who scored on a 12-yard laser, before senior midfielder Sean Reppard won the ensuing faceoff and raced down the field to find Korvin open on the Pride crease for a goal with 1.6 seconds to beat the clock.

Hofstra looked to pull away once again with two goals to start the fourth quarter. Muscarella scored off a feed from senior midfielder Ryan Carter at 8:33, before sending a scoring pass to Ford to put the Pride on top, 8-6, with 5:46 to play in regulation.

Army wasted little time starting its comeback as Reppard won the faceoff and hit a waiting Boltus, who scored on a 10-yard shot six seconds later to make it a one-goal game, 8-7, with 5:40 remaining. Twenty-four seconds later, LoRusso made a run from the left side and scored from 12 yards out to tie the score, 8-8, where it would remain for the rest of the quarter.

In the first overtime, both teams had solid scoring chances that were snuffed out by the goalies. Muscarella took a hard shot that Palesky stopped at the 3:20 mark, before Gvozden stoned junior midfielder Andrew Maisano on a shot attempt at 2:20. LoRusso forced a Hofstra turnover on the following possession, but Gvozden came up with another huge save on a close-range shot by McCallion with 1:21 on the clock. Peyer got off one more shot with two seconds left, but it sailed just high of the Hofstra cage to setup the second overtime.

McCallion had another solid attempt at the game-winner at the 2:55 mark, but Gvozden was there to make the save and give Hofstra possession and setup Card’s heroics.

BLACK KNIGHT NOTES: Army leads the all-time series, 37-16, but Hofstra has won nine of the last 11 meetings ... Palesky notched his second-straight game with 18 saves as he also achieved the feat in an 8-5 win at Holy Cross on Saturday. It was also his sixth double-digit save performance of the year, and fourth with over 15 stops ... Army entered the season 7-0 in overtime games in the last 10 years, but dropped its second extra-period affair in seven days. Lehigh defeated the Black Knights, 13-12, in overtime last Tuesday ... Peyer has led the way for Army offense, scoring a team-best 24 points (16 goals, 8 assists) over the last six games ... Korvin led the Black Knights on the field before the game carrying the American Flag ... Army hosted Hudson Valley Lacrosse Knight as youth from around the region were invited to the game and to stick around for a post-game autograph session with the Black Knights ... the Yorktown Youth Lacrosse program played a split-squad scrimmage at halftime ... Army will return to its Patriot League schedule this Sunday when it travels to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate at 1:00 p.m.