Hofstra vs. Princeton
March 15, 2003
The Game Story:
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Ryan Boyle scored early - and often.

Boyle's goal 52 seconds into the game gave Princeton a lead it would never relinquish, and the junior All-America went on to have a career high nine points on three goals and six assists to lead seventh-ranked Princeton to an 18-5 win No. 12 Hofstra in front of 3,509 at Shuart Stadium.

The win was Princeton's first after tight losses to No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Johns Hopkins in the first two weeks of the season. Hofstra slipped to 2-2.

Princeton is at Syracuse next Saturday (March 22) in a rematch of the last three NCAA championship games. Princeton and Syracuse have combined to win 13 of the last 15 NCAA championships.

"It was good to get a win," said Princeton head coach Bill Tierney. "We really needed one. You could see the effect of our first two games at the start of this game. We were very cautious in what we were doing."

Princeton trailed for nearly 101 of the 120 minutes of its first two games, as the Tigers struggled to try overcome early deficits. This time, there would be no such worry. Boyle scored the first goal of the game when he took the ball from behind the net and came in front to beat Hofstra goalie Matthew Southard, and the Tigers would have the lead for the remaining 59:08.

Boyle eclipsed his previous career high of eight points, which he had done twice, with his three goals and nine assists. It was the 11th time in school history, and first since Jesse Hubbard did so against Towson in the 1996 NCAA tournament, that a Princeton player had at least nine points in a game. Hubbard, the only other player in Ivy League history besides Boyle to be Rookie of the Year as a freshman and Player of the Year as a sophomore, did it three times.

Hofstra stayed in the game through much of the first half, trading goals as the score went to 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 on Ryan Miller's goal off a perfect feed through the crease from Mike Morrison with 9:32 to go in the second quarter. Princeton started to break the game open with three goals in the final 6:22 before intermission, including two from Jason Doneger, to make it 7-3 at halftime.

"It was a good game for our offense," said Doneger, who finished with four goals, three of which were assisted by Boyle. "We moved the ball well, and we shot well. In our first two games, our defense kept us in it. We owed it to the defense to play a good game ourselves."

Princeton outscored Hofstra 6-1 in the third quarter to make it 13-4 and then went deep down the bench in the fourth quarter. Tierney had used only 19 players in the first two games, but 40 players played against Hofstra.

Sean Hartofilis had four goals to give him a team-best eight for the season and 93 for his career, one away from tying for ninth all-time at Princeton. He needs seven more to become the seventh player in school history to reach 100 for his career.

Brad Dumont scored twice for Princeton, while Josh White had two assists. Mac Byrson, defenseman Ricky Schultz, J.G. Guidera and John Robinson all scored their first career goals for the Tigers, while Matt Trevenen also scored.

Princeton outshot Hofstra 44-25. Julian Gould made six saves while allowing four goals in the first three quarters. Drew Casino won 13 of 21 face-offs.