Hofstra Runs Away From Towson 18-10

Hofstra Runs Away From Towson 18-10

Hofstra Runs Away From Towson 18-10

Hofstra Runs Away From Towson 18-10

...at least not until the fourth quarter. After the 2 teams felt each other out- testing the goalies, surveying the matchups, and identifying the slides- the first of many penalites was called in the first half when Towson was called for a push at 10:54 to go in the first. Hofstra ripped a couple of shots on Towson goalie John Horrigan, but he steered them off confidently. At 9:22, Hofstra picked up its first penalty when Towson's JD Jones was pushed from behind going hard to the cage. Hofstra killed that penalty, as Dutchmen goalie Michael Demeo showed that he was focused. Finally, at 6:52 to go, Hofstra attackman Tom Kessler took advantage of a short stick matchup to score the game's first goal. Towson answered 12 seconds later when middie Neil Adams stuck one. Both teams looked quick, and Towson's middies looked a step quicker than Hofstra's d-middies, making dummy dodges on the wings and looking to feed the back side. Hofstra's Kessler scored again come around the goal untouched to finish low. At 3:28, Towson was called for a slash which was converted for Hofstra's 3rd goal when Doug Shanahan stuck in an unsettled rebound. Towson answered right back at 2:50 when Ryan Obloj scored to cut the lead to 1. Towson's Josh Cornett tied it up with 7 seconds to go in the 1st, sending a message to Hofstra that they would go out fighting.

The second quarter began with back-to-back flags thrown on each team as the officials would not let them play. Neither team converted. At 11:45, Towson was called for another push, which after patient ball movement, Hofstra could not convert. Both goalies were stellar for the quarter, as Hofstra's Demeo was on the way to a career day. Both teams hit some pipes, and both teams could not clear. At 4:50 to go in the second, Hofstra took 3 shots that went wide. After the 3rd shot was deflected, some shoving ensued, and a mess of flags started flying for unsportsmanlike conduct on both teams with Hofstra bearing the brunt of it. Hofstra killed their penalty, but then blew a clear behind their own goal which Towson's Todd Paradise dumped into the net to make it 4-3 Towson after nearly 12 minutes of scoreless play. At 2:33, Towson's JD Jones scored after scooping up his own rebound to make it 5-3 Towson. Hofstra looked tight, and Towson's skilled offense was gaining confidence, picking on the weak side of the Hofstra defense. Hofstra went to the locker room at halftime shaking their heads.

Now Hear This! Hofstra is a 2nd half team! In their previous game, they went into half trailing UNC, and went on a six goal run to open the 3rd. Similar events would unfold as the lights came on for the second half. After winning the opening face-off, Shanahan was hacked on the head. Hofstra converted the EMO when Ramar Clash fed Joe Kostolansky on a skip pass to cut Towson's lead to 1. Hofstra struck again at 12:04 to tie it when Scott Dooley fed Tom Kessler. However, Towson answered right back at 11:34 when Mike Murray fed Brad Reppert on the weak side up top for an overhand crank. No 3rd quarter run yet. Shanahan won the face and at 10:28, after his D-man tried to pick off a pass, Scott Dooley came around from behind to tie it up untouched. Hofstra would hold serve for the next 4 minutes, moving the ball and testing Towson's defense. After a Towson slash, Ramar Clash cranked one on EMO to make it 7-6 Hofstra. 10 seconds later, Hofstra longstick middie Brian Spalina stayed on after Shanahan won the face. Towson left him open for a 10 yard bounce shot fed by Bryan Walker. Run? Not yet. Towson scored at 5:22, when Josh Tankersly fed Brad Monaco for a 20 yard crank that shook the net to halt the Hofstra run 8-7. After each team turned it over, Hofstra ended up with it end Dooley fed Kostolansky for an overhand crank. 7 seconds later, Shanahan raked the face to himself, started the fast break which Kessler finished off a feed from Kostolansky to make it 10-7. After Hofstra's Demeo made a great one on one save with a Towson attackman, Dooley fed Kostolansky to make it 11-7 Hofstra at the end of the 3rd. Run? Yup. Towson was lucky the quarter ended.

The fourth began with a power drive to the front of the goal by Clash, a pump-fake, and a finish over the goalies head. Towson answered 20 seconds later to make it 12-8, but Hofstra clearly had the momentum. After Hofstra's d caused a Towson turnover, Shanahan led a fast break that was finished by the Kostolansky to Kessler combo again at 12:43. At 11:50, Kostolansky dumped one in off a broken Towson clear to make it 14-8. Both teams tallied to make it 15-9, but Hofstra's energy was on a different level. Towson scored one on a missed defensive assignment at 6:57, but Hofstra's Clash countered minutes later to make it 16-10. Hofstra's attack pulled it out, but not without the help of the defensive midfield, close d, and strong goaltending. Demeo was the difference with a career high 18 saves. Kostolansky tied a career high with 7 points, while Kessler tied a career high with 6 goals. They're definitely a second half team. When they meet the Blue Hens Saturday, they've got to play the whole game.

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You Go Ramar!
    by (#1762) on 5/04/00 @10:31PM
You go Ramar . . . make coach Hurley and the rest of the Eastern Shore proud. You carry a legacy of many years of good lacrosse when you say your from Cambridge MD. Go kick Delawares butt and get your team to College Park!

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