Hofstra vs. Sacred Heart
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

Freshman Jay Card and junior Tom Dooley each scored five goals as the 20th-ranked Hofstra Pride defeated the Pioneers of Sacred Heart, 20-3, in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday. The Pride, who snapped a two-game losing skid, improved to 4-4 on the season and 2-1 in CAA play while the Pioneers fell to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in conference action.

Card, a newcomer from Caledon, Ontario, Canada, posted career-bests of five goals, two assists and seven points in the Pride onslaught. Dooley, the junior from Yorktown, NY, tallied five goals for the fourth time in his career and fell just one tally short of his career best of six goals, set against Sacred Heart in 2006. Dooley also assisted on one goal. Sophomore Dan Stein, from Merrick, NY, added a season-best three goals and career-bests of three assists and six points in the contest.

The Pioneers opened the scoring just 1:58 into the game as Tony Tanzi fed Bobby Rushton for his 11th goal of the year. Three-and-a-half minutes later, Card scored the first of his five goals, going around the cage and beating Sacred Heart goalie Ricardo Vargas from six yards. The Pioneers took a 2-1 lead with 4:21 to play in the period when Dan Casciano fed Bobby Karl for his sixth goal of the year and his fourth on the man-up.

But Hofstra sophomore Tom Interlicchio's third goal of the year with 52 seconds remaining in the period tied the game and started a five-goal run for the Pride. Hofstra tallied four goals in the first 3:24 of the second quarter as junior Tom Dooley scored his 10th goal of the year and his second man-up tally just eight seconds into the period. Card notched his second of the game 1:10 later before sophomore Dan Stein picked up a loose ball behind the cage and went around and beat Vargas at the 12:01 mark. Just 25 seconds later Card notched his third hat-trick of the year with a man-up goal from 10 yards to boost the Pride lead to 6-2.

After Tanzi scored his 10th goal of the year with 8:58 to play in the half to close the gap to 6-3, the Pride scored four more in the second quarter as part of a 14-0 run to close the contest. Card, Interlicchio, and Michael Unterstein each scored unassisted goals over a two-minute span midway through the second and Dooley scored his second of the game, from Ryan Carter, with 1:20 to play in the half to give the Pride a 10-3 lead at halftime. Hofstra outshot Sacred Heart, 24-13 in the first half.

With the game getting out-of-hand, the frustration level rose for the Pioneers, as they were whistled for seven second-half penalties. The Pride made them pay on six of the seven man-up situations with Dooley notching three goals, and Stein, Michael Colleluori and Michael Unterstein recording the other three. Hofstra was also two-for three on the man-up in the first half for an eight-of-10 day on the extra-man.

After scoring six goals in the third and outshooting the Pioneers, 16-5, Hofstra added four more goals on 13 shots in the fourth quarter. Sacred Heart did not take a shot at Pride back-up goalie Brian Schneider, who replaced starter Danny Orlando (7 saves) with a little over 14 minutes remaining, in the fourth quarter. Pioneer starter Richardo Vargas posted eight saves and allowed 14 goals in 35:21 of action while Mike Murtha made three stops and allowed six goals in 24:39.

The Pride will travel to Villanova for a CAA contest Wednesday night at 7 p.m. before returning home on Saturday for their final regular season home game against conference-rival Delaware at 1 p.m. That encounter will be televised on MSG-Plus. Tickets for the Delaware game are available and can be purchased by clicking on the online tickets link on the Hofstra Athletics homepage or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at (516) HOF-TIXX.