Hofstra vs. Cornell
February 28, 2004
The Game Story:
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Sophomore Joe Boulukos ignited a key 7-1 Big Red run to start off the second half, as the Cornell men's lacrosse team opened the 2004 season with a 14-12 road win at Hofstra on Saturday afternoon at Shuart Stadium. Boulukos returned to his native Long Island and recorded a game-high five goals, while senior Andrew Collins had five points, including four assists, and junior attackman Sean Greenhalgh found the back of the net four times. The Pride was paced by Tim Treubig's four tallies.

It did not take long for the Big Red to score its first goal of the season as the Collins-to-Greenhalgh combo worked to perfection just 49 seconds into the contest. Cornell made it a 2-0 contest less than two minutes later on a goal by junior midfielder Justin Redd. Hofstra got on the board just past the midpoint of the opening quarter, as Ryan Lucas tallied his first of two goals on an assist from John Orsen.

On the Big Red's first and only extra-man opportunity of the afternoon, junior Kevin Nee scored with an assist from Collins with 6:21 left in the first quarter, giving Cornell a 3-1 advantage. Each team would score two more times before the second quarter, as the Big Red held a 5-3 lead.

The second quarter belonged to Hofstra, as it scored the first five goals of the stanza to take the lead at the 8-5. Boulukos stopped the run with his first goal of the day, a 15-yard blast, on an assist from Redd with just under three minutes left before the half. That would be the final goal before the break and the Big Red was faced with an 8-6 deficit heading into the second half.

Greenhalgh started the third-quarter run with an unassisted tally just 25 seconds after the half and Boulukos added the next two tallies to give the lead back to the Big Red at 9-8. The two would each record another goal, upping the visitors' lead to 11-8, before Hofstra's John Keysor scored the first of his three second-half goals to stop the stretch of six consecutive Cornell tallies.

Boulukos added his fifth goal of the contest exactly one minute later to get it back to a three-goal lead and freshman Brian Clayton followed with his first career goal to give the Big Red its largest lead of the game at 13-9.

The Pride cut the deficit in half with two goals from Keysor in the final 1:15 of the third quarter and made it a one-goal affair at 13-12 when Tom Brewer netted an unassisted marker for the first goal of the fourth quarter. Collins gave the Red some breathing room with 8:31 left in regulation with a goal on Redd's third assist of the day. Neither team was able to score again, as Cornell contained the Hofstra attack and controlled the transition game.

Freshman goaltender Matt McMongale got better and better as the game went on in his collegiate debut, as he stopped Hofstra's final three shots on goal and finished the day with 12 saves. Hofstra got 11 saves from goaltender Matthew Southard, including five in the second quarter.

The Pride outshot the Big Red, 43-38, but Cornell got a huge boost on faceoffs, winning 20 out of 28, including a 17-of-23 performance from senior Scott Raasch. The Red collected 39 groundballs, compared to Hofstra's 30. It was the first win for Cornell in its season opener since 2001 and the contest marked the first February game in program history.

Cornell will return to action on Saturday, March 6, when it travels to the nation's capital to take on Georgetown in a 1 p.m. contest. The Hoyas handed the Big Red a 13-6 loss last year in the season opener.