Hofstra vs. Saint John's
March 20, 2012
The Game Story:
A late four goal rally for St. John’s (4-3, 1-1) made things interesting late but was ultimately not enough as No. 19 Hofstra (4-3, 1-0) claimed the 14-10 victory.

Terence Leach finished with four goals on the night with two coming on man-up opportunities. The four goals were a career-high for the senior, surpassing the three he scored against Syracuse on March 3, 2012. Sophomore attackmen Colin Keegan and Kieran McArdle each recorded two goals with McArdle also adding three assists.

Faceoff specialist Jordan Rothman had another solid performance at the X going 14-of-28 and picking up seven groundballs. Freshman goalie Ryan Quinn saw his first extended action of the season playing the majority of the second half and recorded five saves on nine shots on goal.

Adrian Sorichetti was the star for Hofstra with an impressive ten-point (seven goals, three assists) night. Goalie Andrew Gvozden had eleven saves on the night including a couple that helped end the Red Storm rally.

Leach got St. John’s started with the first goal of the evening off an assist from Alex Lagodich. A five goal run by Hofstra, including four from Sorichetti, had Hofstra up 5-1 early in the second quarter. The Red Storm fought back, closing the gap to 5-3 after Keegan was set up for a pair of goals off passes from McArdle. McArdle sandwiched a goal of his own in between two Sorichetti tallies to bring the halftime score to 7-4.

Hofstra looked to put St. John’s away early in the second half as the home team tallied two quick goals. Ryan Fitzgerald scored from straight on with an assist from Kevin Cernuto to close the gap to 9-5. McArdle would follow up a Hofstra score with an opportunistic goal following a rebound to give him his team-leading 13th goal of the year. The Pride would get a score just before the end of the third quarter to push the lead to 11-6 and gain the momentum going into the final period.

A pair of man-up goals by Torin Varn of Hofstra seemed to put things out of reach for St. John’s with the deficit now 13-6 and only 10:34 left to play. The Red Storm stayed resilient; however, scoring four straight goals over the next five minutes to create excitement down the stretch. Leach scored a pair of man-up goals to start the run and now has a team-leading eight goals on extra-man opportunities.

Leach and Fitzgerald would each add unassisted goals to cut the lead to 13-10 with 5:13 remaining. A faceoff win by Rothman put a scare into the Pride but a couple of saves allowed Hofstra to close out the clock. Sorichetti would add one final goal for good measure to make the score final 14-10.

St. John’s won the groundball battle 28-26 and worked to an even 14-28 draw on faceoffs. The difference was the Pride’s hot shooting early on as they went 7-for-16 on shot attempts in the first half.

St. John’s returns to action for another night game this Saturday at Sacred Heart with faceoff slotted for 7 p.m. Keep up with Red Storm lacrosse all season long at RedStormSports.com and on Twitter by following @STJ_Lacrosse.