Fairfield vs. Hofstra
April 16, 2011
The Game Story:
Fairfield, CT - Junior Andrew Gvozden made three of his 10 saves in the final 2:30 and sophomores Adrian Sorichetti and Ian Braddish each scored twice to lead the eighth-ranked Hofstra Pride to an 8-7 non-conference victory over the Fairfield Stags at Lessing Field Saturday afternoon. The Pride, who won their sixth consecutive game, improve to 11-1 on the season. The Stags fall to 6-6.

Gvozden stopped the three key shots in the closing minutes of the contest to hold onto an 8-6 lead before senior Matt Plominski scored with two seconds to play to close out the scoring in the contest. Braddish continued his hot streak of late with two goals and one assist Saturday to give him six goals and 10 assists in his last five contests. Sorichetti posted a season-high two goals. Senior Stephen Bentz, who tallied a third quarter goal, and classmate Jay Card, who posted a goal and an assist, extended their goal and point streaks Saturday. Bentz boosted his goal streak to 14 games and the point streak to 27. Card boosted his goal streak to 13 and the point streak to 40 contests.

Fairfield was led by junior John Snellman and senior Doug Kuring with two goals each while Plominski added a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Charlie Cipriano recorded eight saves in the Stags cage.

Hofstra jumped out to a 2-0 lead on unassisted first quarter goals by Braddish, his 11th of the year, and Sorichetti, his fifth. But the Stags tied the game in the first 4:30 of the second quarter as Kuring scored off a pass from Brent Adams 1:16 into the second, and Sam Snow notched an unassisted goal a little over three minutes later.

The Pride took a 4-2 on goals by Card, his 23rd of the year, off a pass from Braddish at the 8:32 mark, and Sorichetti's second with 6:54 to play in the half. Snellman closed the deficit to 4-3 with his 13th of the year almost two minutes later. But Hofstra junior Mike DeNapoli tallied a man-up goal, from Kevin Ford, with 38 seconds to play to boost the lead back to two at 5-3 at halftime.

Hofstra increased the lead to 6-3 midway through the third quarter as Card fed Ford for his ninth goal of the season. Kuring closed the gap again to two with his 15th of the year, from Plominski, with 1:23 to play in the third quarter. But Stephen Bentz scored his 19th of the season, from Brad Loizeaux, with eight seconds to play in the period for a 7-4 lead after three quarters.

Braddish scored his second of the game and 12th of the season 49 seconds into the fourth quarter to give the Pride an 8-4 advantage. But the Stags did not quit as Nick Baglio notched his third goal of the season with 11:43 to play and Snellman added his second of the game and 14th of the year with 6:02 to play to cut the deficit to 8-6.

From that point, the Pride defense took over as Gvozden stopped shots by Snellman, Kuring and Max Trunz, and Steve DeNapoli deflected a pass to keep Fairfield at bay before Plominski dented the twine in the final seconds. Hofstra outshot Fairfield, 33-27 and picked up 31 ground balls to the Stags 15. Pride sophomore John Antoniades had another stellar day at the face-off X, winning 14 of 18.

The Pride, who concluded their non-conference schedule unscathed (8-0), return to Colonial Athletic Association play next Saturday, April 23 when they face the University of Massachusetts in the first game of the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Game time is 3 p.m. Rutgers and Syracuse meet in the second game at 5:30 p.m.