Hofstra Shocks Hopkins, 8-7 OT

Hofstra Shocks Hopkins, 8-7 OT

Hofstra Shocks Hopkins, 8-7 OT

Hofstra Shocks Hopkins, 8-7 OT

Hempstead, NY --press release

Freshman attack Jay Card scored the game-winner with 1:51 left in the first overtime as the Hofstra Men's Lacrosse team shocked #1 and defending National Champion Johns Hopkins, 8-7, at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Card's game-high fourth tally of the contest came off a Johns Hopkins turnover near midfield, which Pride junior attack Tom Dooley picked up and passed to junior midfielder Anthony Muscarella, who in turn sent it to Card standing alone to the right of the cage.

The win, Hofstra's first-ever over a #1 ranked opponent in men's lacrosse, improves the Pride's record to 2-1 this season. Johns Hopkins, which opened the season with three straight victories, falls to 3-1 during the 2008 campaign.

The two teams would combine for nine goals in the opening quarter with Hofstra taking a 6-3 advantage heading into the second stanza courtesy of a 4-0 run to end the quarter. Muscarella and Card opened the scoring in the contest, with goals at the 10:45 and 8:53 marks, respectively, before three different Johns Hopkins players notched goals to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead with 6:15 to play. Card would have a hat trick before the end of the first quarter as he tallied back-to-back goals with roughly five minutes remaining to put the Pride back ahead, 4-3. Muscarella and senior midfielder Mike Unterstein would give Hofstra the three-goal lead as each scored unassisted goals in the final 4:07 of the quarter.

After a scoreless second stanza, the Blue Jays came out of halftime on fire as Stephen Peyser, Austin Walker and Michael Doneger each found the back of the net in the first 11:11 of the third quarter and Johns Hopkins knotted the score at six with 3:49 left. Doneger's tally, off a feed from Michael Kimmel, was the Blue Jay's lone man-up goal of the contest.

Hofstra would finally put an end to its scoring drought of nearly 38 minutes when sophomore attack Dan Stein put the Pride back ahead, 7-6, with a goal at the 9:02 mark. Peyser would send the game into overtime with an unassisted goal, his second of the game, with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter, setting up Card's overtime heroics.

The Pride had 31 ground balls in the contest, led by freshman midfielder Joe Montemurro's five. Mike Unterstein and brother, senior midfielder Kevin Unterstein each picked up four ground balls. Montemurro won 10 of 18 face-offs in the game, while Muscarella added an assist for a total of three points on the afternoon.

In addition to Peyser's two points, Kevin Huntley (one goal, one assist), Mark Bryan (one goal, one assist) and Kimmel (one goal, one assist) each tallied two points in the game.

Kimmel, Peyser and Matt Dolente each led the Blue Jays with four ground balls, while Peyser was 5-12 on face-offs and Dolente was 4-7.

Sophomore goalie Danny Orlando made 14 saves for Hofstra to pick up the victory, while Johns Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden stopped 11 shots for the Blue Jays.

Photos on the way..

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    by (#90078) on 3/08/08 @5:41PM
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Good for both teams...
    by (#155398) on 3/08/08 @6:00PM
How, you may ask? It's the first win for Hofstra's program over a number 1 team ever, I believe, so that's definitely great for their program.

As for Hopkins, it's always good to face realities like this every once and a while to keep you hungry and to keep that chip on your shoulder. We all saw them lose 3 times last year with basically the same team, but still managed to win when it mattered. Its still early, lax fans.
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It definitely IS early!
    by (#136419) on 3/08/08 @6:04PM
If Hopkins peaks at the right time, like they did last season, they will be in fine shape!
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    by (#17993) on 3/08/08 @6:08PM
Did he even play? Though it was low scoring, it's hard to believe that he wouldn't have registered a single point...
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    by (#180922) on 3/08/08 @7:24PM
yes he played just not very well
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    by (#139861) on 3/08/08 @8:10PM
Rabil started off last season in a similar way to this game. He wasn't much of a factor in the first eight games as the Blue Jays went 4-4. He heated up later on, but I don't think he should win the Tewaaraton like that. You have to be consistent all season.
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Seth Tierney Is Going To Do Great Things!
    by (#136419) on 3/08/08 @6:10PM
Hofstra definitely surprised people today, and I wouldn't be surprised if they surprise more people. Don't forget that this is Coach Seth Tierney's 2nd season, so:

1. His system is much more in place.
2. A few of the young players are ones that he recruited

I predict that Seth is going to do some great things at Hofstra, and I say that Hofstra, in time, will crash the Final Four party once in a while.

In addition, since Seth was Petro's top assistant at Hopkins for awhile, he likely knows his system and his strengths and weaknesses as a coach better than any other coach. That is why I think that Hofstra is going to often be a serious thorn in Hopkins' side throughout the years.
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Hofstra is not some crappy school
    by (#1384) on 3/08/08 @7:03PM
While this is awesome, it is hardly the first time Hofstra has beaten Hopkins while they were at the top of their game.
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Agreed. No Surprise
    by (#142666) on 3/08/08 @7:38PM
In fact JHU only edged Hofstra last year by a goal.
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    by (#139861) on 3/08/08 @8:12PM
And in '06 the Pride beat them rather handily. That was a great team with Athan Ianucci, who is lighting up the NLL right now and will probably get League MVP, who led the nation in points that year. I would've loved to see them play UVa that year, but they lost to UMass in the tournament (their only two losses that year coming to the Minutemen).
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    by (#168201) on 3/08/08 @8:17PM
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    by (#169967) on 3/08/08 @9:28PM
i hate u go hoos!
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It's still early
    by (#103345) on 3/09/08 @2:59PM
was hopkins trash last year when they bounced back from 3 losses to win when it mattered?
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can i get a
    by (#144723) on 3/10/08 @8:41PM
44 national championships oh yeah and if you dont wanna count all that shit lets see um 9 ncaa championships and oh yeah guess what buddy duke is gonna get owned by hopkins come gameday baby

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    by (#169967) on 3/08/08 @9:24PM
im so happy! im not a hoftra fan but im so glad hop lost. good job hofstra
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Danny Orlando...
    by (#165751) on 3/09/08 @6:09PM
Kid played his balls off
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