Towson vs. Hofstra
May 5, 2004
The Game Story:
MEN'S LACROSSE: Sothoron Guides Tigers to CAA Title Game With 6-5 Win Over Hofstra

Junior Reed Sothoron stopped a career-high 24 shots in Towson's 6-5 win over Hofstra in Wednesday's CAA semifinals.

TOWSON, Md. – Junior goalkeeper Reed Sothoron made a career-high 24 saves, including eight in the fourth quarter, as the top-seeded and 11th-ranked Tigers (10-4) advanced to its second straight Colonial Athletic Association Championship game with a 6-5 victory over fourth-seeded Hofstra University (4-10) in the CAA semifinals at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The defending conference champion, Towson has now won six straight games at home and is 5-0 all-time when hosting a conference playoff game.

Sophomore defenseman Ted Turnblacer gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead just 20 seconds into the game by scoring his first career goal off the opening face-off. With 11:54 left in the first quarter, the Pride tied the game on a goal by freshman attackman Athan Ianucci. Senior midfielder Drew Pfarr and Ianucci traded goals before sophomore John Keysor gave the Pride a 3-2 advantage with an unassisted goal with 6:49 left in the opening stanza.

Freshman attackman Bobby Griebe tied the game at 3-3 with 1:13 remaining on a man-down goal off a Ryan Cocchi pass. It was Griebe’s 19th goal of the season.

Hofstra regained the one-goal cushion at the 8:49 mark of the second period on a goal by sophomore midfielder Tim Treubig off an assist from sophomore Chris Unterstein. Pfarr tallied his second goal of the game to even the score at 4-4 before Ianucci scored his third goal of the game as time expired in the first half.

With 11:01 left in the third period, senior midfielder Alex Fountain took a pass from fellow senior Peyton Chane and tied the game on a goal past Hofstra starter Matthew Southard.

Senior midfielder Brian Myers scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 11:40 mark of the final stanza, scoring his 13th goal of the season off a Steve Mull feed.

Led by Sothoron, the Tiger defense preserved the victory by holding the visiting Pride scoreless on 11 attempts in the game’s final 11 minutes. Sothoron made all eight of his fourth quarter stops during the game’s final 11 minutes, including a stop of a Ryan Vilar opportunity with just one second left.

“Hofstra came in here with a plan and did a great job controlling the ball,” Sothoron said. “About 15 of my saves were on long shots, which was a credit to our defense, and that built my confidence. We played a lot of defense tonight, but we held on.”

“I knew this would be a tough game,” said Tiger Head Coach Tony Seaman. “Both teams played wonderful defense. Reed Sothoron played great. Hofstra didn’t get very many good looks because of our defense.”

Pfarr led the Tigers with two goals, while Ianucci scored three goals to lead the Pride in a losing effort. Southard made three saves in 35 minutes, while freshman Bill Liedke stopped five Tiger shots in 25 minutes of action.

“Coming in here, we thought it could be like this,” Hofstra Coach John Danowski said. “Being 4-9 was tough, but it was an advantage not to have played like [Towson] on Saturday. With five days to prepare, we watched a lot of tape on Towson. We never do that.”

Hofstra outshot the Tigers by a 47-25 margin and held a 34-27 advantage in ground balls.

The Tigers advance to Saturday night’s Colonial Athletic Association title game against Villanova, which defeated Delaware in the other semifinal on Wednesday night. Opening face-off at Unitas Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. The winner receives an automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Tournament.