Hofstra vs. Fairfield
March 19, 2002
The Game Story:
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Senior attackman Tom Kessler recorded three goals and four assists as #12 Hofstra (3-3) downed unranked Fairfield (2-3) 11-8 Tuesday night at Hofstra Stadium. The victory is Hofstra's 13th straight over an unranked opponent dating back to the 2000 season. Junior middie Kevin Dougherty and attackman Jim Femminella each added two goals for the Pride.

The Stags jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by junior attack Matt Buecker at the 4:32 mark and the 12:27 mark of the first quarter. But Hofstra freshman attack James Morgan scored his first college goal at the 14:27 mark off a pass from Kessler to start a 5-0 Pride goal spurt. After the sluggish first quarter, Hofstra erupted in the second quarter for three more goals while dominating play. First, Femminella scored his fourth of the season from Kessler at the 7:40 mark of the second quarter. Then Kessler scored his ninth of the year from Adam Hananel nine seconds later. Then Femminella and Kessler would hook up again for Femminella's second of the game and fifth of the season just 27 seconds before the end of the first half for a 4-2 Pride lead at the break. Hofstra outshot Fairfield18-3 and picked up 13 ground balls to the Stags five in the period as only spectacular play by Stags goalie C.J. Kemp, who stopped six shots in the period, prevented an early rout.

Kevin Dougherty scored his fifth of the season from Hananel 2:21 into the third quarter to boost the Pride lead to 5-2 before Troy Bamann ended the Hofstra run with a goal off a pass from Tom Werney 24 seconds later. The Pride went on another goal spurt, this time 6-0, as Bryan Walker and Gerry Donaghy each scored their first goals of the season followed by Dougherty, Kessler and Brian Connelly (1st) before the end of the third to give Hofstra a 10-3 lead heading into the final period. The Pride outshot Fairfield 11-2 in the third quarter and outscored the Stags 6-1.

Kessler scored his third of the game and 11th of the season just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter before Fairfield, behind two goals each from Rob Scipioni and Rory McCarthy and one by Buecker, made a late run that fell short.

The Pride outshot Fairfield 42-15, picked up 51 ground balls to the Stags 24 and won 15 of 23 face-offs in the contest. Matt Buecker, who tallied three goals and one assist to boost his team-leading totals to 17 goals and four assists this year, and Rob Scipioni, who added two goals and two assists to bump his season totals to five goals and nine assists, led the Stags.

Hofstra will travel to #18 Notre Dame this Saturday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. while Fairfield will host Butler on Sunday.