Yapor, Card and Sorichetti Lead No. 8 Pride Over No. 15 UMass, 14-5

Yapor, Card and Sorichetti Lead No. 8 Pride Over No. 15 UMass, 14-5

Yapor, Card and Sorichetti Lead No. 8 Pride Over No. 15 UMass, 14-5

Yapor, Card and Sorichetti Lead No. 8 Pride Over No. 15 UMass, 14-5

East Hartford, CT - Freshman Lance Yapor and senior Jay Card each tallied five points and sophomore Adrian Sorichetti added four points to lead the eighth-ranked Hofstra Pride to a 14-5 CAA victory over 15th-ranked Massachusetts in the first game of the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field Saturday evening.

Hofstra won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Minutemen fell to 8-4 on the year and 3-2 in the CAA.

Yapor posted career-high of two goals and three assists while Card, the Tewaaraton Award nominee, notched a season-high four goals and added an assist. Card also extended his consecutive game point and goal streaks to 41 and 14, respectively. Sorichetti tied his career-high with three goals and set his personal best with four points. Seniors Stephen Bentz and Jamie Lincoln each added two goals for the Pride while junior Andrew Gvozden posted seven saves to record his 12th win of the season.

UMass was led by junior Art Kell with two goals. Junior goalie Tim McCormack tallied nine saves in the Minutemen cage.

The Pride came out aggressively and dominated the Minutemen on the scoreboard for the first 26:40, taking a 7-0 lead in the contest on two first quarter goals and five in the second. Lincoln opened the scoring 7:57 into the contest on a bullet from 12 yards to the left of McCormack after a pass from Braddish. It was Lincoln's 26th of the season. Braddish notched his 13th goal of the year with 58 seconds to play in the period, faking a pass and firing a 10-yard bullet for a 2-0 lead.

Hofstra boosted the lead to 4-0 with two goals in the first 2:41 of the second quarter. Stephen Bentz extended his points and goal streaks to 28 and 15, respectively, with his 20th of the season from Card at the 1:18 mark. Just 83 seconds later Card notched the first of his four goals on the day with his 24th of the season, from Braddish, for a 4-0 advantage.

Hofstra scored three more times in a 1:16 span later in the period as Sorichetti notched his seventh of the year with 6:30 to play in the half, hauling in a high pass with one hand and beating McCormack low. Just 25 seconds later, Card scored a man-up goal from 14 yards out, off a pass from Mike DeNapoli , for a 6-0 lead, and Lincoln notched his second, also a man-up goal, from Bentz with 5:14 to play in the half to end the run. The Minutemen scored twice in the final 3:19 of the second quarter off of Pride turnovers as Biscardi scored his 18th of the year from Ryan Hantverk from seven yards out, and Steve Zorkers bounced a shot off of Gvozden's chest and into the cage as the half ended to close the gap to 7-2.

But the Pride erupted for five goals in the third quarter to blow the game wide open with Card scoring his third and fourth of the game in the first 7:12, off assists from Sorichetti and Yapor, and then Sorichetti added consecutive goals 1:19 apart, from Aaron Jones and Yapor. Bentz tallied his second of the game 47 seconds later, coming around the cage for his 21st of the season, for a 12-2 lead.

The Minutemen made a quick run in the fourth quarter, scoring three times in the first 3:24 of the period to close the gap to 12-5. Art Kell scored consecutive unassisted goals in the first 2:29 by coming around the cage and beating Gvozden, and Colin Fleming added a man-up goal with 11:36 to play. But Yapor tallied the first two goals of his career at the 7:14 and 5:30 marks of the quarter to add to his three assists and give the Pride their nine-goal margin.

Hofstra outshot UMass, 47-22, including 25-10 in the second half, and picked up 32 ground balls to the Minutemen's 20. Pride sophomore John Antoniades continued his success at the face-off X on Saturday. The nation's number two- face-off man captured 15 of 20 face-offs to boost his season winning percentage to .677 (151-223).

The Pride return to action next Saturday, April 30 when they host the Nittany Lions of Penn State in their final CAA regular season contest. Game time for the Senior night contest is 7 p.m.

Photos by: Elaine Nord

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