Pioneer Men's Lacrosse Falls 12-11 at Hofstra

April 7, 2004

Final Stats

HEMPSTEAD, NY (April 7, 2004) - The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team lost a hard fought battle with Colonial Athletic Association foe Hofstra University Wednesday night, 12-11 in Hempstead, NY. The Pride came back from a 5-3 halftime deficit with nine second half goals to snap a five-game losing skid and improve to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. The loss drops the Pioneers to 1-8 overall and 1-1 in league play.

The Pride got out of the gates quickly, taking the opening face-off and scoring 50 seconds into play on Chris Unterstein's unassisted effort. The Pioneers showed they were up to the task and answered just 52 seconds later as senior Ben Giamichael (Cortland, NY) scored unassisted. Hofstra went up 2-1 with just under 10 minutes to go in the first quarter as Rob Bonaguro scored on the man-up advantage off a feed from Unterstein.

The Pioneers pulled the game even with just over four minutes to go in the quarter as freshman Jonathan Corto (Orchard Park, NY) streaked across the middle, took a feed from sophomore Adam Dzedzy (Glenmoore, PA) and put it in the back of the net. SHU took its first lead just before the end of the quarter as senior James Delmonico (West Islip, NY) scored his second goal of the year, unassisted, and the Pioneers held a 3-2 advantage at the end of one.

Hofstra's Unterstein picked-up his second of the game on a feed from Athan Ianucci at the 8:32 mark of the second quarter to tie the game at 3-3. Sophomore Matthew Robideau (Massena, NY) bounced the Pioneers back in front with just under four minutes to go in the half, scoring unassisted for a 4-3 lead. SHU's lead grew to 5-3 on Delmonico's second of the day at 1:52 and the Pioneers went to the break ahead by two. Sophomore Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) played very strong in goal, making eight saves over the first 30 minutes.

SHU picked up where it left off in the first half as junior Christian Lynch (Northport, NY) single-handily gave Sacred Heart a three-goal advantage. On a Hofstra attempted clear, Lynch forced a turnover, picked-up the ground ball, fought his way to the goal and beat Pride keeper Matthew Southard for his 11th of the season.

The Pride pulled within 6-5 in a blink of an eye when at 10:35, Tom Brewer scored man-up unassisted, followed by John Keysor, who took the ensuing face-off and buried his shot just 10 seconds later. SHU jumped back in front by two, 7-5, with just over four minutes to go as freshman defensemen Chase Caruso (Huntington, NY) scooped up a loose ball at the Pioneer end, charged the length of the field and fired a shot past Southard from 20-yards out.

Hofstra cut it back to one with their third extra man goal of the night just 56 seconds later off the stick of Tim Treubig. The Pride pulled even at seven all just before the horn sounded on Bonaguro's second of the game with six ticks on the clock.

As fast as the Pride got themselves back into the game, the Pioneers jumped back in front just as quickly. Robideau pulled SHU up one with 10:09 to play and Dzedzy took a feed from junior Blake Reardon (St.Michael, MN) and buried it just six seconds later off the ensuing face-off for a 9-7 lead. But once again, Hofstra had a quick answer. Don Scott pulled the Pride to within 9-8 on a feed from Keysor with 9:47 on the clock. Treubig buried a feed from Ryan Miller at 8:23 to tie the game and then gave the Pride their first lead since the second quarter nine seconds later off the face-off, 10-9.

Robideau refused to let the Pioneers out of it, completing the hat trick with his third goal, unassisted, with just under six minutes to go knotting it up at 10-10. The sophomore midfielder helped to put SHU in front, feeding a cutting Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) who deposited his shot in the back of the net for an 11-10 lead with 4:05 to go.

As they did all night, Hofstra pulled even with Miller converting a Brett Moyer feed with 2:25 on the clock. Unterstein completed the comeback with his third goal of the night to put the Pride up 12-11 with just over a minute to go. After a timeout, the Pioneers took the ensuing face-off and set up their offense for one last run. It wasn't to be this night for Sacred Heart as Greco's pass across the middle was broken up and cleared by Hofstra as time ran out.

Robideau led Sacred Heart with four points on three goals and an assist. Hind finished the game with 15 saves in taking the loss.

Sacred Heart is right back in action this Saturday, April 10th as the Pioneers host #13th ranked Towson in CAA action starting at 1 pm.

Box Score
				1	2	3	4	F
Sacred Heart (1-8, 1-1)	3	2	2	4	11
Hofstra (3-6, 1-1)		2	1	4	5	12

Scoring: Goals: SHU - Robideau (3), Delmonico (2), Dzedzy, Giamichael, Corto, Caruso, Greco, Lynch HU - Unterstein (3), Miller (2), Treubig (2), Bonaguro (2), Keysor, Brewer, Scott Assists: SHU - Dzedzy, Giamichael, Reardon, Robideau HU - Keysor (2), Unterstein (2), Ianucci, Miller, Moyer Goakeeping: SHU - Hind, 15 saves; HU - Southard, 3 saves

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