Hofstra vs. Binghamton
March 4, 2003
The Game Story:
The Hofstra Pride opened their home schedule with a dominating performance, as they crushed Binghamton, 15-5, in front of 651 fans on a cold Tuesday evening at Hofstra Stadium. The Pride scored early and often, jumping out to a 6-0 lead and never looking back, easily winning the first all-time meeting between the two teams. Jim Femminella led the Pride with a hat-trick, while Joe Kostolansky led in points with two goals and three assists. Nine different Hofstra players recorded a goal in the victory, while Binghamton had a different scorer for each of their five goals.

Hofstra controlled the game from the opening faceoff, with Senior Joe Kostolansky scoring the first goal on the fast break. The Pride moved the ball well, with Keith Mekeel scoring, and Ryan Lucas following it up with a goal on the man-up. Jim Femminella scored a transition goal, to put the Pride up 4-0. Shortly after, Jeremy Kyrkostas blasted the ball through the five-hole, and Don Scott finished the run with a quick score 24 seconds later, right off of the faceoff. Binghamton finally got on the board at 11:22, capitalizing on a failed clear attempt by the Pride and drawing the one-on-one with the goalie. Brian Morgan scored a 15-yarder moments later, as the Bearcats tried to crawl back into the game.

The Pride extended the 6-2 lead in the second quarter, shutting out the Bearcats with three goals. Don Scott, Jim Femminella, and Ryan O'Donnell all scored to lift Hofstra as they took a commanding 9-2 lead into the locker rooms.

Joe Kostolansky, Jim Femminella and Ryan O'Donnell all scored in the first few minutes of the second half as the Pride did not relent, taking a ten goal lead. Phil Cavallo finally scored following a 20-minute-plus scoring drought for Binghamton, but Phil McKeel scored just moments later to give Hofstra a 13-3 lead after three quarters.

The Dutchmen went up 14-3 after a Ryan Miller shorthanded goal only 58 seconds into the fourth. The teams traded goals as the clock winded down and Hofstra cruised to their first win of the season, their 18th straight against a non-ranked opponent.

Hofstra outshot Binghamton, 50-25, and nearly doubled the Bearcats on ground balls as well, 51-29. Freshmen Matthew Southard and sophomore Steve Izzo traded time between the pipes, with Southard getting the nod for the start.

The win marks a successful start to Hofstra's five-game homestand, as they improve to 1-1 on the young season. Hofstra meets Cornell on Saturday at 1:30 PM, which is followed by meetings against Princeton, Notre Dame and UMass. Binghamton falls to 1-2.