Hofstra vs. Notre Dame
March 26, 2005
The Game Story:
Junior attackman Pat Walsh scored his sixth goal of the game with 1:55 to play in the second overtime to give the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame a 9-8 victory over #13 Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Irish improve to 4-1 with their third straight win while Hofstra, which had its three-game winning streak ended, falls to 3-4.

Walsh finished with a career-high six goals and one assist and senior middie Brian Giordano added a goal and an assist to pace the Fighting Irish. Hofstra received two goals each from Athan Ianucci, Rob Bonaguro and Ryan Lucas (pictured) and three assists from freshman Mike Unterstein.

The Pride jumped on the board first just 2:19 into the contest on an unassisted goal by Tim Treubig. But Notre Dame scored the next four with Walsh scoring three and Matt Ryan scoring the other to give the Irish a 4-1 4:02 into the second quarter. Hofstra sophomore Athan Ianucci took a pass from John Orsen and fired a 15-yard shot past goalie Joey Kemp to cut the deficit to 4-2. But Walsh and Jim Morrison added back-to-back goals to boost the lead to 6-2. Pride junior midfielder Rob Bonaguro scored his fifth goal of the year with 31 seconds to play in the second quarter to bring the Pride within 6-3 at halftime.

Brian Giordano boosted the Notre Dame lead to 7-3 4:56 into the third quarter on a 15-yard bullet from out front. It was Giordano’s seventh goal of the year. But Hofstra started moving at that point. Bonaguro scored his second of the game and sixth of the season off a pass from Mike Unterstein with 7:22 to play in the period. Four minutes later, Ianucci scored his second of the game and sixth of the season from Unterstein to close the gap to 7-5. That’s how the third quarter ended thanks to Irish goalie Joey Kemp, who made five of his 16 saves in the contest in the third period.

In the fourth quarter Notre Dame benefited from a Pride turnover near midfield with Matt Karweck attacking the goal and then flipping a pass across to Walsh for a goal from five yards out with 10:47 to play in regulation. The Pride closed the gap to 8-6 1:35 later as Mike Unterstein passed to junior Ryan Lucas for his second goal of the season. Both teams played tight in the fourth before Hofstra sophomore midfielder Tom Brewer gave the Pride some hope inside the 2:00 mark. Brewer ran down the right side, cut inside his defender, and beat Kemp one-on-one at the cage for his first goal of the year with 1:41 to play. Hofstra tied the game with 40 seconds to play in regulation as senior midfielder Ryan Vilar passed to Ryan Lucas, who took a running jump shot from seven yards that beat Kemp. The Irish almost won it at the end of regulation when a long clearing pass skipped by the Hofstra defense and found Giordano alone in front of Pride goalie Matt Southard. The junior netminder had to make a falling down save to send the game into overtime as time expired.

Irish goalie Joey Kemp made three saves in the first overtime to send the game into a second extra period. Hofstra held the ball for 1:53 of the second overtime before a turnover gave the ball back to Notre Dame. After a timeout, the Irish attacked the Hofstra end with Walsh getting the ball in the corner. He challenged his Pride defender, beat him inside, and fired a low shot past Southard for the victory.

Hofstra, which had its overtime winning streak stopped at four, outshot the Irish 42-26 and picked up 39 ground balls to Notre Dame’s 27. The Irish snapped a six-game overtime game losing skid on Saturday. Hofstra will travel to #6 Army on Tuesday night, March 29 at 7:30 while Notre Dame will travel to Villanova on Monday, March 28 at 1 p.m.