Hofstra vs. Villanova
March 30, 2007
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

Pride freshman Tom Interlicchio tallied two goals and one assist but Villanova's Mike Haas scored three goals, including the game-winner with 6:16 to play, to lead the Wildcats to a 9-8 come-from-behind victory at Shuart Stadium Friday night. The Wildcats improve to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association while the Pride, who dropped their fifth one-goal decision of the year, fall to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

Trailing 7-2 at halftime, the Wildcats rallied, holding the Pride to one second half goal midway through the third quarter, and scoring the last six goals of the contest to take the victory. Haas scored all three of his goals in the second half including the game-winner, coming around the right side of Pride goalie Danny Orlando and firing a high shot into the cage from eight yards out. Eric Heidenberger tallied two goals and one assist for the and goalie Andrew DiLoreto recorded nine saves for Villanova. In addition to Interlicchio's three points, Hofstra also received two goals from both Mike Colleuori and Tom Dooley.

After Villanova's Eric Heidenberger scored the game's first goal just 43 seconds into the contest, the Pride would scored the next four goals and seven of the next eight to take a commanding 7-2 lead at halftime. Sophomore Tom Dooley put the Pride on the board with 4:43 to play in the first quarter, taking a pass from Tom Interlicchio and beating Wildcats' goalie Andrew DiLoreto from five yards out. Two minutes later Interlicchio scored an unassisted goal on a running jump shot from seven yards for a 2-1 lead. Colleluori closed out the scoring in the first period with 34 seconds remaining on a goal from in close, off a pass from Mike Unterstein.

Colleluori gave the Pride a 4-1 advantage 3:09 into the second period on a runner from 10 yards before Heidenberger closed the gap for Villanova with his second of the game and 12th of the season just 19 seconds later. But Hofstra would score the next three goals, all unassisted, as senior Ryan Miller, his sixth of the year, Interlicchio, his second of the game and fourth of the year, and sophomore Anthony Muscarella, his fifth of the year, dented the twine to give the Pride a 7-2 lead at the intermission.

But the Wildcats did not pack it in and cut the lead to 7-3 less than three minutes into the third quarter as Haas scored on the man-up from 15 yards out. Dooley would get the goal back for the Pride with his second of the game and ninth of the season, on a charge to the goal, with 6:18 to play in the third. It would be Hofstra's last goal of the contest.

Villanova's Tim Atkins scored his eighth goal of the year, from five yards out, off a pass from Chris MacDonald less than a minute after Dooley's goal. Haas would then beat Orlando on a bounce shot from 15 yards out with 1:06 to close the gap to 8-5 at the end of three quarters.

Just over four minutes into the fourth quarter the Wildcats went on a three goal run in 29 seconds as Andy German notched his ninth of the season from 10 yards out on the right at the 10:42 mark, Atkins tallied his second of the game and ninth of the year from five yards out at the 10:21 mark and Chris Colliniates would tie the game at 8-8, taking the face-off and going down the middle of the field and firing a bullet past Orlando with 10:13 to play.

The Pride, who were plagued by turnovers in the second half, committing 12 of their 21 miscues in the final two periods, took just three shots in the fourth quarter and were turned away twice by DiLoreto. Haas, the senior midfielder, would seize the opportunity to be the hero with 6:16 to play, coming around the right side of the cage and firing a high bullet into the net for his third of the game and ninth of the season. The Pride got just one shot off the remainder of the period and that one, by Colleluori with 4:40 to play, was stopped by DiLoreto. Hofstra outshot the Wildcats 31-23 in the contest, and picked up 31 ground balls to Villanova's 25.

The Pride will return to action next Saturday, April 7 when they host Robert Morris College in a key CAA encounter at Shuart Stadium at 1:30 p.m.