Hofstra vs. Robert Morris
March 28, 2009
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

Ten Hofstra players scored goals including senior Michael Colleluori, who added three assists, to lead the sixth-ranked Pride to an 11-5 CAA victory over the Colonials of Robert Morris University at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. Hofstra recorded its fourth consecutive victory to improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in conference action. Robert Morris, which dropped its second straight contest, falls to 7-4 overall and 0-2 in the CAA.

Colleluori, a midfielder from Holmes, Pennsylvania, recorded his fifth multi-point game of the season with a goal and three assists. Saturday's contest also marked the fourth time that he has posted four points or more in a game in 2009. Sophomore attackman Kevin Ford tallied two goals while senior middies Ryan Carter and Anthony Muscarella each chipped in with a goal and an assist. Freshman goalie Andrew Gvozden posted his fourth win of the season in five outings by making eight saves and allowing five goals in 56:24 of action.

The Colonials of Robert Morris, the third-best offensive team in the country coming in, were led by sophomore attackman Trevor Moore with two goals while freshmen middies Kyle Buchanan and Kiel Matisz each added a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Sal Barcia made 16 saves in the Colonials' cage.

The Colonials got of the board first just 4:41 into the contest as Trevor Moore took a pass from Kyle Buchanan and beat Gvozden from a sharp angle to the left of the netminder for a 1-0 lead.

But the Pride responded with three unanswered goals including two in the first quarter. Ryan Carter notched his fifth goal of the season on a dodge in the box and scored from seven yards out with 8:25 to play in the period. Less than two minutes later, long-stick middie Steve Prifte picked up a loose ball and ran three-quarters of the length of the field and beat RMU goalie Sal Barcia.

Hofstra boosted the lead to 3-1 just 5:40 into the second quarter as junior Tom Interlicchio took a pass from senior Tom Dooley a fired in a laser from the top of the box for his second goal of the year. The Colonials ended the Hofstra run as junior Patrick Smith scored on a man-up situation with 6:38 to play in the half. Colleluori ended the scoring in the first half and gave the Pride a 4-2 lead with his ninth goal of the year, off a pass from Muscarella, from 12 yards out.

The Pride broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring four times to take an 8-3 into the final quarter. Ford scored his fifth of the year from seven yards off a pass from Colleluori 2:23 into the third period before Jay Card notched his team-leading 14th goal from in front, off a perfect pass from Ryan Carter, 47 seconds later for a 6-2 lead. Buchanan scored 2:13 later to close the Robert Morris deficit to three.

Hofstra scored four of the next five goals with sophomore middie Tim Holman throwing in a shot from 35 yards while the Colonials were on a 10-man ride with 8:56 to play in the third to start the run. It was Holman's first goal of his career. Five minutes later Muscarella took a short pass from Colleluori and beat Barcia from 10 yards out for his ninth goal of the year to end the third ahead 8-3.

Moore scored his second of the day for Robert Morris just 1:14 into the fourth quarter before Ford scored his second goal of the day trying to pass to the crease with 11:57 to play. The ball went by his teammate and through Barcia for his sixth tally of the year. Almost three minutes later junior Dan Stein scored off a pass from Colleluori to boost the Pride lead to 10-4. Kiel Matisz closed out the Colonials' scoring with eight minutes to play with his eighth goal of the season. Hofstra's short-stick middie Steven DeNapoli notched his fourth goal of the season with 3:22 to play to close out the scoring.

The Pride outshot the Colonials, 44-23 and picked up 41 ground balls to 24 for Robert Morris. The 11 goals equaled the Hofstra team high this season, achieved against both Massachusetts and Brown, while the six goal victory margin was the Pride's first win by more than two goals this season.

Hofstra will return to action on Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. when they face the University of Delaware in the Inside Lacrosse Big City Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.