Hofstra vs. Stony Brook
April 21, 2009
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

Tom Dooley's goal with 1:38 remaining capped off a furious comeback as the Pride rallied from a five-goal second half deficit for a 12-11 victory Wednesday night. The Pride (10-2) trailed 9-4 less than three minutes into the third quarter before outscoring the Seawolves, 8-2 the rest of the way. Dooley finished with three goals and two assists, while Kevin Ford (pictured) had a career best five goals and an assist on the evening. Stony Brook falls to 7-5 with the loss.

The two teams started off slowly with Hofstra taking a 1-0 lead 5:51 into the game on Ford's first goal of the game off an assist from Sean Lucas. A little over two minutes later the Seawolves tied the score on Robbie Campbell's unassisted tally and then took a 2-1 lead on Kevin Crowley's goal with 4:12 on the clock. Campbell's goal started a 5-0 run for the Seawolves that saw Crowley add a second score before Steve Waldek and Jordan McBride ended it with 13:37 remaining in the second quarter.

Hofstra's Jay Card cut the deficit to 5-2 off a feed from Steve DeNapoli 5:39 into the second, but Stony Brook would score three of the next five goals to take an 8-4 advantage into halftime. Kyle Belton extended the lead 2:20 into the third quarter, converting a Crowley feed for a 9-4 lead. Ford, however, ignited a 4-0 run for the Pride, with the red-shirt freshman getting two goals in the spurt. Dooley's goal at the 5:20 mark of the fourth quarter capped the run and came off a pass from Michael Colleluori to make the score 9-8 in Stony Brook's favor.

McBride scored from Campbell at 6:51 to put the Seawolves back up by two,10-8, before Ford scored his fourth and fifth goals of the night to knot the score at 10 with 5:46 remaining. A little over three minutes later Card gave the Pride their first lead since 1-0, when he fired in a shot from 35 yards past an out-of-position Stony Brook keeper Charlie Paar for an 11-10 Pride advantage.

The lead was short-lived as Stony Brook won the ensuing faceoff and raced downfield to score the equalizer off the stick of McBride with 2:21 remaining. The Pride would not be denied and with 1:38 on the clock, Ryan Carter passed from behind the net to Dooley, who one-timed a shot past Paar. Stony Brook did have one last possession following a Hofstra turnover with 17 seconds left, but their long clearing pass went out of bounds and Hofstra ran out the final seconds for their eighth win in the last nine games.

McBride had four goals to lead Stony Brook, while Crowley had two goals and an assist. Paar made 12 saves in a losing effort. In addition to Dooley and Ford, sophomore midfielder Steven DeNapoli posted a team season -high nine ground balls to go with two assists and Jay Card added three goals and one assist. Freshman Andrew Gvozden recorded eight saves for his eighth victory of the season.

The Pride outshot Stony Brook, 36-33, and Hofstra picked up 38 ground balls to the Seawolves 32. Hofstra, which has already captured the CAA regular season title, returns to action this Saturday, April 28 when they host CAA-rival Villanova in their final regular season match-up before the conference championship. Game time is 7 p.m. at Shuart Stadium.