Hofstra vs. Villanova
May 3, 2006
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

Senior Athan Iannucci scored four goals to set the Hofstra single season goal scoring mark with 53 and classmate Chris Unterstein scored two goals and added three assists to lead the second ranked (and top-seed) Pride to a 14-7 win over fourth seed Villanova in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at James M. Shuart Stadium Wednesday evening. Hofstra, which won its school record 15th straight game, improves to 15-1 and will face third seeded Delaware in the CAA Championship game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Shuart Stadium. Villanova sees its season end at 5-10.

The Pride came out and scored the first two goals of the contest on pretty pass plays. Freshman Tom Dooley took a pass from the national scoring leader Chris Unterstein and beat Villanova goalie Joe Canuso from five yards out at the 4:06 mark. It was Dooley's 33rd goal of the year. Unterstein scored his 36th of the season just 1:21 later, taking a bullet pass from Rob Bonaguro in front of the cage and beating Canuso for a 2-0 advantage.

But the Wildcats came right back with freshman Tim Driscoll taking a pass from Chris MacDonald and scoring a man-up goal with 7:25 to play in the first. It was Driscoll's fourth Less than a minute later Matt Starker tallied his 25th goal of the year on a blur from 12 yards out to tie the game at 2-2.

But Hofstra sophomore Mike Unterstein broke the 2-2 tie and started a 6-0 run that gave the Pride an 8-2 lead at halftime. Unterstein's goal, his seventh of the year, came with 33 seconds to play in the first. Junior Athan Iannucci scored on a running jump shot, the 50th of the season, 22 seconds later off a pass from Chris Unterstein to close out the scoring in the first. The Pride scored four more times in the first eight minutes of the second quarter as Iannucci tallied his 51st on a bounce shot 2:37 into the second for a 5-2 lead. Senior Tim Treubig notched his 13th of the season, from Rob Bonaguro almost three minutes later. Senior Ryan Lucas tallied his ninth of the season off a pass from Mike Unterstein with 7:44 to play in the half. Big brother Chris Unterstein posted his second of the game and 37th of the year, bullying his way to the goal, with 7:15 to play to end the Hofstra run and close out the first half scoring with Hofstra holding a commanding 8-2 lead.

The Wildcats opened the second half with an unassisted goal by Starker, his second of the game and 26th of the year 1:25 into the third. But the Pride answered with the next two goals, by freshmen Tom Dooley and Nick Colleluori, and five of the next six to take a 13-4 lead into the fourth. Included was Iannucci's 52nd goal of the year breaking Tom Kessler's 2001 single season Hofstra record of 51. Iannucci would add his fourth of the night and 53rd of the year with 5:20 to play in the contest. The Wildcats added three goals in the fourth but it wasn't enough as the Pride posted the 14-7 victory.

Hofstra outshot the Wildcats 43-19 and picked up 39 ground balls to Villanova's 17. The Pride also had a huge advantage at the face-off X as senior Joe Mascaretti captured 20 of the 21 face-offs that he took. In addition to Iannucci's and Chris Unterstein's five-point nights, Hofstra received two goals each from Dooley, Lucas and Colleluori. Mike Unterstein added a goal and two assists. Hofstra goalie Matt Southard posted three saves in almost 55 minutes of action.

The Wildcats were led by Starker with three goals and Chris MacDonald with a goal and an assist. Canuso made 15 saves to become the all-time Villanova career save leader with 672, passing Taymore Zarghami (1989-92) who had 661.

This Saturday, Hofstra and Delaware will meet for the 28th time with the Pride holding an 18-9 series advantage, The two teams met on April 14 at Shuart Stadium with the Pride posting a 12-10 victory. Last year, Hofstra and Delaware met the the CAA Championship Tournament semifinal in Newark with the Blue Hens recording an 8-5 victory. Delaware lost to Towson in the 2005 title game. Saturday's game will be Hofstra's first CAA title game appearance since 2003 when the Pride dropped a 16-11 decision at Towson. Hofstra also dropped a 13-11 America East title game decision at Towson in 2001 but downed Delaware 14-4 in the 2000 American East championship contest in 2000 at Shuart Stadium.