Hostra Nips Towson 9-8 In CAA Play

Hostra Nips Towson 9-8 In CAA Play

Hostra Nips Towson 9-8 In CAA Play

Hostra Nips Towson 9-8 In CAA Play

Towson, MD -- Senior Ryan Miller scored his second goal of the game with 1:43 remaining in the first overtime to give the Hofstra Pride a 9-8 CAA victory over #14 Towson at Unitas Stadium Saturday afternoon. Hofstra, which won its third consecutive game and the fourth in the last five outings, improves to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Tigers fall to 7-4 overall, and 4-1 in CAA play.

Pride sophomore Tom Dooley scored four goals, including the final two in the final minute of regulation that sent the game into overtime, and junior Mike Unterstein added four assists, including assisting on the final three Hofstra goals. Freshman Danny Orlando posted 10 saves in the Pride cage.

The Pride battled back from an 8-6 deficit in the final 57 seconds of regulation as junior Mike Unterstein set-up Tom Dooley for goals from nine yards while a man-down to cut the deficit to 8-7, and from five yards in front of the crease with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

In the overtime, the Pride got off two shots in the first 1:15, as Mike Colleluori shot high and Tom Interlicchio was stopped by Antol. The Tigers appeared to be headed on the attack but couldn't pick up a loose ball just across midfield. Hofstra defender Adam Swarsen, who scored his first collegiate goal late in the third period, picked up the ground ball and head-manned it to Mike Unterstein on the break on the Pride's offensive side of the field. Unterstein carried the ball for several yards before feeding Ryan Miller behind the Towson defense. Miller went one-on-one with Antol and beat the goalie high for the victory.

Hofstra, which posted its second straight overtime victory over Towson after a 10-9 win in Hempstead on March 31, 2006, rallied back twice in the second half after a see-saw first half. The Tigers opened the scoring 2:01 into the contest as Randall Cooper came around the left side of Orlando and beat him from seven yards out. Dooley notched his 14th goal of the season, on a nine yard bullet, with 5:37 to play in the first quarter to tie the game for Hofstra. But Brian Vetter gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead after one period with a goal from the right of the goalie, from seven yards out, with 1:59 remaining.

Miller tied the game at 2-2 for Hofstra with his 10th goal of the season, coming around the cage and beating Antol from eight yards, with 9:30 to play in the half. But Jonathan Engelke gave Towson a 3-2 lead at the intermission with a man-up goal, from in front of the crease, off a pass from Cryder DiPietro with 1:27 to play in the period.

Hofstra tied the game at 3-3 just 3:38 into the third period as Mike Unterstein passed back to Tom Interlicchio, who fired in his seventh goal of the year from 12 yards out. But the Tigers scored the next three goals to take a 6-3 lead as DiePietro tallied his 10th of the year, from in front of the cage, with 10:50 to play in the third, and Bobby Griebe posted his 14th and 15th goals of the season 39 seconds apart for a three goal lead with 6:48 to play in the third quarter.

Pride sophomore defender Adam Swarsen recorded his first career goal with 11 seconds to play in the third, taking a pass near midfield, going down the sideline, cutting in to the goal and surprising Antol with a high shot. Hofstra closed to 6-5 just 4:14 into the fourth quarter as Dooley notched his second of the game and 15th of the season from five yards out, off a short pass from Zach Heyl, on the man-up situation. Nick Williams and gave the Tigers a 7-5 lead with his eighth goal of the year on a high bullet with 6:53 to play in regulation. Interlicchio helped close the gap a minute later, picking up a loose ball in front of the cage and feeding Anthony Muscarella with a short pass for his ninth goal of the year.

While Hofstra was close the Tigers were holding the ball and not giving the Pride an opportunity to tie the game. The Pride was forced to employ a full-field ride and got burned as Bobby Griebe scored his third of the game into an empty cage with 1:45 to play in regulation. But the Pride, now down two at 8-6, did not quit and closed the gap with a man-down goal after a slashing penalty with 1:30 to play. After Kevin Unterstein forced a turnover, Mike Unterstein charged down field and passed to Dooley who buried his third goal of the game from nine yards out with 57 seconds left in regulation.

The Pride won the ensuing face-off and, after a Hofstra timeout, worked the ball around until Mike Unterstein, slightly behind the cage to the goalie's right, found Dooley in front for the tying goal from five yards out with 17 seconds to play. The Pride did have a final shot attempt, by sophomore Anthony Muscarella, at the end of regulation. But the shot was stopped by Towson goalie Matt Antol as time expired.

The Pride outshot the Tigers 31-27 while Towson had the advantage in ground balls (25-23) and face-offs (14-7). Hofstra goalie Danny Orlando came up big on several point-blanks shots in the second half to keep the Pride in the contest. Mike Unterstein, who has posted three goals and 10 assists in his last three games-all Pride victories-notched his career-high with four assists.

The Hofstra victory also puts the Pride on better footing for a CAA Championship Tournament berth. After a heart-breaking 9-8 CAA loss to Villanova on March 30 in Hempstead, Pride coach Seth Tierney stated the team would have to win at least three of the next four conference games for a shot at a berth in the conference tournament. Now, after three consecutive league wins, the Pride could be playing for a first round home game when they face second-place Drexel (9-3, 3-0) when the two teams meet on Long Island on April 28.

The Pride will return to action next Friday, April 20 against Lafayette when they begin a three-game homestand at Shuart Stadium that will see them also face Stony Brook on April 24 and Drexel.

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    by (#72643) on 4/16/07 @11:34AM
easy on the zoom lens, big guy
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Tony Seaman & Dave Cottle Are Siamese Twins
    by (#136419) on 4/16/07 @12:40PM
As coaches, they sure seem to be. The reason for this is-with their teams as the underdogs throughout their coaching careers, they have done great. However, as the favorites, they have had problems. Of course, it is much easier to go in as the underdog, especially as a coach, because if you win, everyone praises you, but if you lose, it is not as big of a deal because you are expected to lose.

I think Seaman and Cottle are good coaches, but to be considered great coaches, coaches need to be consistent both as the underdogs and as favorites. That is why Bill Tierney is the best ever. Ironically, did you know that Seaman, Cottle, and Tierney are best buddies? They run the Top 205 camp.
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Will any CAA teams make the tournament?
    by (#136419) on 4/16/07 @12:49PM
That is, will any teams who don't win the CAA title game make it at large? My gut feeling is no. I hope I am wrong, though.
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I say 2 teams
    by (#41662) on 4/16/07 @1:09PM
Towson or Drexel can still get an at-large, although they could cannibilize one of the bids with their matchup this week. But remember, Cuse could miss the dance, UMass is down, Army dropped off, Hop is no lock. My point, a lot of berths that you would have assumed in Feb. are up for grabs now. If Albany wins the AE tourney, that will keep a spot open as well.
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    by (#131429) on 4/16/07 @1:12PM
i would say maybe drexel because they beat uva, if towson beats hopkins then maybe them but most likely not, if syracuse or hopkins are both on the brink they will make it before either of those 2 schools.If towson doesnt beat hopkins than how many qulaity wins do they have? loyola thats it
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    by (#136419) on 4/16/07 @2:20PM
If they do, they are in. Their schedules are 2 of the toughest in the country and they will end up having more quality wins than most other bubble teams who don't make it. By the way, that Georgetown win will end up being huge for Syracuse.
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    by (#41662) on 4/16/07 @4:01PM
I don't think anyone,and certainly not I, was suggesting that an ELIGIBLE Hop or Cuse team wouldn't make the dance. The fact that both squads are in danger of not being eligible is the story.
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    by (#136419) on 4/16/07 @4:12PM
I know you weren't. And both teams being in danger is indeed a big story in lacrosse right now. In fact, Hopkins and Syracuse have the longest current consecutive tournament appearances streaks right now. However, it would be a bigger deal if Hopkins didn't make it than if Syracuse didn't. Why? Because since the tournament started in 1970, Hopkins is the only team who has made it every year.
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oh my god...
    by (#16732) on 4/27/07 @11:28AM
#42 on hofstra with the shattered K18 arm guards...i knew d-poles in D1 college lax threw hard checks, but not THAT hard...
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not that big of a deal
    by (#123571) on 8/31/07 @2:58PM
dude, i had arm pads with plastic on them, and they broke in high school. and i PLAY defense. they might have even broken during a game, he could have fallen on them or something in practice. broken arm pads aren't a big deal.
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