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Hempstead, NY --Junior Anthony Muscarella scored a career-high five goals and added two assists for seven points, and sophomore Dan Stein contributed two goals and one assist as #15 Hofstra won its Colonial Athletic Association opener with a 13-8 win over Towson. The Pride improve to 3-2 with the win, 1-0 in the CAA, while Towson falls to 1-4, 0-1 in the CAA with their third straight loss.
The Pride jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter as freshman Jay Card scored twice. The first goal came off a feed from classmate Steven DeNapoli with 7:39 on the clock, while the second came after Card picked up a rebound on a shot by senior Mike Unterstein and fired a blast past Towson keeper Matt Antol with 6:04 to go.
The Tigers raced out to start the second quarter and scored three straight goals to take the lead. Sophomore Eric Boyle scored off a pass from freshman Matt Hanzsche 2:40 into the period and 46 seconds later junior Bill McCutcheon took a pass from senior Adam Hagelin and beat Hofstra sophomore keeper Danny Orlando to tie the score. Towson won the ensuing face-off and following a holding penalty on Hofstra, Towson freshman Tim Stratton gave the Tigers the lead off a feed from Eric Boyle.
The Pride responded on their next possession following a failed clear by Towson. After Hofstra set up in the offensive zone, Muscarella scored unassisted with 9:29 remaining to tie the score at three. Muscarella struck again with 2:34 left in the half, another unassisted tally that put the Pride up 4-3 at halftime.
Muscarella completed the natural hat trick 1:30 into the third quarter as he beat Antol again from about 10 yards out to extend the Pride lead to 5-3. The Tigers got one back at the 4:15 mark of the quarter on junior Randall Cooper's goal, but Muscarella converted a feed from Mike Unterstein with 9:15 remaining to give the Pride the 6-4 lead. Mike Unterstein gave the Pride a three-goal cushion when he scored his fourth of the year with 4:34 to go in the third. Stein scored with 1:15 remaining in the third as Antol was out of position behind the net and Stein took advantage of the empty net for an 8-4 lead.
The Pride did not let up in the fourth as Tom Dooley scored off a pass from Muscarella for a 9-4 lead. Muscarella notched his fifth of the game at 4:14 to put Hofstra up by six, 10-4. Dooley made it 11-4 as he scored off a behind the net feed from Stein with 7:56 to go in the game. The Pride went up 12-4 less than a minute later when Stein scored unassisted. Junior Michael Colleluori closed out the Hofstra scoring with a man-up goal from Muscarella with 4:15 left. Towson closed out the game with four unanswered goals, two by McCutcheon to account for the final score.
McCutcheon finished with three goals, while Boyle had a goal and two assists. Junior Mitchell Rosenweig, who won 16 of 24 face-offs, had a game-high 12 ground balls. Card led the Pride with six ground balls, while senior Connor Hagans and freshman Mike Skudin added four ground balls.
Antol made seven saves for Towson, while Orlandohad eight in the Hofstra cage.
Hofstra is back in action Tuesday, March 25 when it hosts Army at 7 p.m.
|Anthony Muscarella||(5, 2)|
|Dan Stein||(2, 1)|
|Jay Card||(2, 0)|
|Tom Dooley||(2, 0)|
|Mike Unterstein||(1, 1)|
|Michael Colleluori||(1, 0)|
|Steven Denapoli||(0, 1)|
|Danny Orlando||8 (0.500)|