Hofstra vs. Towson
March 29, 2014
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY Torin Varn and Sam Llinares recorded two goals and one assist and Korey Hendrickson also scored twice to lead the Hofstra Pride to a 9-7 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Towson Tigers at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night. The Hofstra win, which clinched a CAA Championship Tournament spot in late April, was the Prides second consecutive win and boosted the team record to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Towson, which saw its six-game winning streak come to an end, slipped to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. Varn, a senior attackman, and Hendrickson, a red-shirt sophomore, scored their goals in the second half while Llinares, who extended his consecutive game-goal streak to 11 games and his points streak to 22 contests, tallied his two goals in the first half. Varn has now scored a goal in nine consecutive games. Seniors Drew Coholan, Lance Yapor and Anthony Zappone also scored for the Pride. Zappones goal was the first of his career for the defensive midfielder. Junior goalie Chris Selva made three saves in the Pride goal for his sixth win of the year. Towson was led by freshman Joe Seider with four goals and senior Thomas DeNapoli with a goal and two assists. Junior Greg Cuccinello added a goal and an assist while senior Max Siskind tallied the other Tiger goal. Sophomore Tyler White made seven saves in the Towson goal. The first 30 minutes ended in a 4-4 deadlock as Llinares scored twice for Hofstra and Seider scored twice for the Tigers. Hofstra opened up the scoring just 1:32 into the contest as Zappone scored his first goal of the season off a pass from sophomore defender Finn Sullivan. But Thomas DeNapoli and Seider scored for the Tigers to take a 2-1 lead. The Pride responded with three straight goals with Llinares scoring consecutive goals, one in the first and the other 1:01 into the second, and Drew Coholan drilled his 15th goal of the season just 1:05 later as Hofstra opened up a 4-2 lead. But the Tigers answered with goals by Cuccinello and Seider to knot the contest at 4-all at the break. In the second half, Hendrickson for Hofstra and Seider for Towson exchanged goals in the first 3:39 of the period to bump the score to 5-5 before the Pride would go on a run. Hendrickson started it off with his second of the game and seventh of the season with 8:13 to play in the period. Varn would get his 14th of the year from Llinares with 5:00 to play in the third to give Hofstra a 7-5 lead at the end of three quarters. Yapor then gave the Pride a three-goal advantage with an unassisted tally just 4:49 into the fourth quarter. Seider brought the Tigers within two with his fourth of the game and 17th of the year, from Justin Mabus, less than a minute later. Max Siskind brought Towson even closer with his 11th of the year, off a pass from Ryan Drenner to the doorstep, with 7:08 to play to close the gap to 8-7. But while the Hofstra defense buckled down, Varn notched his 15th of the year, off a rebound in front, with 4:54 to play to give the Pride their final margin. Hofstra outshot the Tigers, 29-24 and picked up 37 ground balls to Towsons 32. Freshman Kris Clarke won 13 of the 19 face-offs for the Pride. Hofstra returns to action next Saturday, April 5 when the Pride host the Saints of Siena College in a non-conference contest at James M. Shuart Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.