Hofstra vs. Syracuse
April 17, 2003
The Game Story:
HOFSTRA DOMINATES SECOND HALF, UPSETS SYRACUSE, 8-6

The #15 Hofstra Pride (7-4) held Syracuse #7 (7-4) scoreless for over 26 minutes, en route to an 8-6 upset victory in front of 4,027 fans at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY. The Hofstra win was the first in modern history over Syracuse, who had won the last six meetings dating back to 1988. Jim Femminella scored four goals for the Pride, who controlled most of the game. Mike Powell and Mike Springer, who each had 23 goals going into the game, were held scoreless for 59 minutes.

Hofstra won the opening faceoff, and it didn't take long for Jim Femminella to put the ball in the net. Syracuse drew a slashing penalty on Brian Zuchelli, but Matthew Southard racked up three saves to help Hofstra kill the penalty. However, Greg Rommel beat Southard after the penalty to tie the game at one. Both teams failed to take advantage of their man-up opportunities, as both goaltenders recorded five saves in the opening quarter.

Steve Vallone and Bill Perritt scored for Syracuse in the first two minutes of the second quarter to take a 3-1 lead. However, Hofstra answered back with three straight to take a 4-3 lead; Chris Unterstein put the ball into the corner of the net as he was checked to the ground, and minutes later, Tim Treubig picked up a rebound from a teammates shot to tie the game. Femminella finished the streak with a goal over the left shoulder of Jay Pfeifer. Liam Banks answered for the Orangemen to tie the game at 4, but Mike Allain scored his first goal of the season to give the Pride a 5-4 lead at the half.

Hofstra seemed to be in full control of the game coming out of the locker room, dominating Syracuse on shots and time of possession, however, the Pride were unable to put the ball past Jay Pfieffer. After seven minutes, Ryan Miller finally scored for Hofstra, giving the Pride a 6-4 lead. Following Miller's goal, Syracuse only recorded two shots, as the Dutchmen maintained complete control of the game.

The usually explosive offense of the Orangemen was non-existant, while Jim Femminella kept putting the ball past Pfieffer. Femminella scored his third goal of the game on a laser shot, and hit his fourth goal halfway through the final quarter to give the Pride an 8-4 lead. Steve Vallone finally ended the 26-minute Syracuse scoring drought, cutting the lead to 8-5, however, Syracuse was unable to mount a comeback. Mike Springer scored with 53 seconds remaining, but it was too little, too late, and the Pride celebrated their biggest win of the season.

The loss drops the Orangemen to 7-4, as they lose their second straight heading down the stretch of their schedule. The six-goal mark was the least goals scored for the Orangemen in over ten years. Syracuse plays at UMass on Saturday, April 26th, and finishes the season a week later at Georgetown.

Hofstra improves to 7-4, as they win their fourth straight heading into a game at Sacred Heart (unranked) on Saturday. The Pride finish their season against Villanova and Duke, who are also unranked. Hofstra has not lost to an unranked opponent in their last two seasons.