Hofstra vs. Johns Hopkins
March 9, 2002
The Game Story:
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Adam Doneger's third goal of the game-and quarter-with just 11 seconds to play in regulation gave the second-ranked Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins (2-0) a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over 11th-ranked Hofstra (2-2) Saturday at Hofstra Stadium. In addition to Doneger's three goals, Conor Ford recorded a goal and three assists and Bobby Benson posted two goals and one assists for the Blue Jays. Paul Rao, Tom Kessler and Kevin Dougherty each tallied two goals for Hofstra.

In a see-saw battle that featured seven tied scores, Doneger scored his first goal 4:44 into the fourth quarter to give Hopkins a 7-6 lead. But Hofstra middie Paul Rao, who scored a man-down goal earlier in the quarter, scored his second of the game with 6:16 to play to tie the game at 7-7. Pride middie Paul Defendini, who was making his 2002 debut after suffering a sprained knee during the preseason, tallied his first goal of the year on a shot from 12 yards out off a feed from sophomore Rich Mekeel to give Hofstra a 8-7 advantage with 4:23 to play.

Doneger scored his second in front of the cage off a pass from Conor Ford with 2:34 to play to tie the game at 8-8. After Hofstra regained possession just inside the two-minute mark, the Pride worked the ball around before turning it over on a high pass to the side of Hopkins goalie Nick Murtha (10 saves). After killing some time and taking a timeout, Hopkins worked the ball in the Hofstra end before Ford came around from behind the cage and fed a wide-open Doneger, who fired a shot past Hofstra senior goalie Jack Alaimo (9 saves) from 11 yards out. Hopkins won the ensuing face-off and ran out the clock as the Blue Jays posted their second straight one-goal come-from-behind victory over the Pride. Hofstra outshot the Blue Jays, 37-27 and picked up 29 ground balls to Hopkins' 24. The Pride will travel to Princeton next Saturday, March 16 to face the Tigers at 1 p.m. while Hopkins will host Syracuse next Saturday at 1 p.m.