Hofstra vs. Sacred Heart
April 19, 2002
The Game Story:
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Scott Dooley recorded three goals and two assists and Adam Hananel and Jim Femminella each added three goals and one assist to lead the ninth-ranked Hofstra Pride (9-3, 5-1) to a 19-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Sacred Heart Pioneers (3-7, 1-4) Friday night at Hofstra Stadium. The victory is Hofstra's seventh consecutive win as the Pride produced their highest goal output of the season. Sacred Heart dropped its second straight contest.

A 1:45 pre-game delay due to a severe thunderstorm that rumbled through the metropolitan area and pushed the start time of the game to 8:45 p.m. didn't hamper Hofstra's efforts as the Pride scored 10 unanswered goals from the start to put the game away early. The Pride scored three times in the first, five in the second, seven in the third quarter and four more in the fourth as they posted their 17th straight victory over an unranked opponent. Meanwhile, the Hofstra defense and senior goalie Jack Alaimo blanked the Pioneers in the first half before Sacred Heart broke through for two goals in the third quarter.

The Hofstra offense spread the wealth around as nine different Pride players scored the first nine goals before Dooley scored back-to-back goals in the first two minutes of the third quarter to give Hofstra a 10-0 lead. Sacred Heart junior middie Dan DeVoe ended Hofstra's run with his seventh goal of the year at the 2:24 mark and T.J. Hutmacher scored his 16th of the season three minutes later to close the deficit to 10-2. But Dooley, who has tallied 21 goals and 10 assists in his last six games, scored his third of the game and 25th of the season to start a 6-0 Hofstra spurt that slammed the door. Dooley's third goal, his fifth point of the game, was also the 150th point (82G, 68A) of his career.

Alaimo, who recorded 11 saves and allowed just two goals before being relieved at the start of the fourth quarter, posted his ninth win of the season as Hofstra posted its 12th nine-victory season of Coach John Danowski's 17-year tenure. The victory was Danowski's 150th at Hofstra. The Pride outshot Sacred Heart, 49-26 and scooped up 49 ground balls to the Pioneers' 40.

Hofstra's leading scorer Tom Kessler inched closer to the school's career point record with two goals and one assist to boost his season totals to 26 goals and 20 assists. Kessler now has 138 goals and 66 assists for 204 points in his Hofstra career and is just eight points from breaking Phil Mordente's (1964-66) career mark of 211 points (105 G, 106 A).

The Pride, who kept their NCAA Championship Tournament hopes alive with the victory, have two home games remaining to close out the regular season. Hofstra will host Duke next Friday night, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. and North Carolina on Wednesday night, May 1st at 7:30 p.m.