Hofstra vs. Umass
February 21, 2009
The Game Story:
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - After building a four-goal halftime lead, UMass was outscored, 8-3 in the second half, which included the game-winning goal with only four seconds remaining in regulation as Hofstra handed the Minutemen (1-1) a heartbreaking 11-10 loss on Saturday afternoon. The Pride scored the first four goals of the second half to tie the score at seven. After the Minutemen scored three of the next four, Hofstra staged a late comeback with three goals in the final 2:44 to steal the victory. Evan Blum, Rory Pedrick, and Joe Reale each netted two goals in the defeat.

The loss was UMass' first when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004. The Minutemen had won 29 straight when scoring in double figures.

Blum and Pedrick each tied career highs in points, set last week in the season-opening win against Sacred Heart. Reale's two goals ups his season total to three, this after entering his senior season scoreless.

Jay Card scored his second consecutive goal to give Hofstra the 11-10 lead with only four seconds remaining in regulation. It was the Pride's only lead of the game.

Card's goal with 1:12 left tied the game for the third time in the fourth quarter. Michael Colleluori beat Doc Schneider to the high left corner with 2:44 left in regulation to bring the game back to a one-goal affair, 10-9.

Pedrick scored off a feed from Anthony Biscardi with 4:15 left for the two-goal edge. Blum scored off a pass from Jim Connolly on a drive from 15 yards out with 7:27 left to retake the lead.for UMass, 9-8.

Hofstra tied the game at 8-8 on a long blast by Kevin Ford with 8:27 left in the fourth on an extra-man. UMass' Reale scored on his second face-off win and dash down the field with 11:00 left in regulation to regain the lead for UMass at 8-7.

After trailing by four goals as halftime, Hofstra scored the first four goals of the second half to tie the game for the first time at 7-7 early in the fourth quarter. Card ripped a pass from Colleluori with 11:12 left in regulation to deadlock the contest. The Pride got to within 7-6 on a wraparound low sot by Dan Stein 1:24 into the fourth quarter.

Hofstra scored the only goals of the third quarter as Colleluori and Ryan Carter scored in the period to cut UMass' lead to 7-5 after three.

Seven different Minutemen scored in the first half as UMass took a 7-3 at intermission. Pedrick scored on a high rip from Tim Balise five minutes into the second quarter to give UMass a 4-2 lead.

After almost eight scoreless minutes, three goals were scored in a span of 23 seconds. Ryan Hantverk's goal on a bounce shot put the Minutemen up 5-2 with 2:24 left in the half. On the ensuing face-off, Reale won the draw and raced down the field and beat Danny Orlando for a 6-2 lead, just eight seconds after Hantverk's tally. Hofstra's Stephen DeNapoli quickly answered 15 seconds later but Bobby Hayes high right corner blast with 14 seconds left in the quarter regained a four-goal edge at halftime.

UMass built a 3-2 lead after the first quarter. The Minutemen took a 2-0 lead on goals by Blum and Connolly in a span of 1:29. After Hofstra's Kevin Ford got the Pride on the board with a rocket shot on an extra-man, UMass answered with its own blast. Biscardi ripped a 16-yard shot with 1:50 left in the quarter and a 3-1 UMass edge. Stein scored with two seconds left in the quarter beating Schneider on the short right side.

The Minutemen return home next Saturday to host Yale at 1 p.m., at Garber Field. Live video, audio and stats will be available on UMassAthletics.com. Call 1-866-UMASS-TIX for tickets.