Hempstead, NY – Junior Mike Malave
’s third goal of the contest, at the 44 second mark of the first overtime, gave the 16th-ranked Hofstra Pride a 10-9 non-conference victory over the sixth-ranked Big Red of Cornell at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Hofstra, which won its fifth consecutive game, improved to 9-3 on the season while the Big Red dropped its third straight contest to fall to 9-3.
Malave, who scored two man-up goals in the second quarter, tallied his third of the game and the 17th of the season on a running bounce shot to give the Pride the victory. The play was set up by a back check by Hofstra senior Lance Yapor
after Cornell lost the overtime face-off but got it back on a turnover. Hofstra is now 2-1 on the season in overtime games.
In addition to Malave, Hofstra received three goals from senior and Ithaca, NY native Torin Varn
and two goals and one assists from senior Drew Coholan
. Sophomore Sam Llinares
tallied a goal and three assists and scored the game-tying ninth goal, also on a bounce shot, with 1:06 to play in regulation. Sophomore Korey Hendrickson
added one goal and two assists for the Pride and junior Chris Selva
made 11 saves in the Hofstra cage.
Cornell was led by senior midfielder Joe Paoletta with four goals, including two during a five-goal Big Red run during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter that turned a 7-4 deficit into a 9-7 lead with 10:05 to play in regulation. Sophomore John Edmonds added three goals and senior Dan Lintner added two goals. Junior Matt Donovan picked up two assists for Cornell. Freshman Christian Knight recorded 10 saves in the Big Red goal.
On a beautiful, Senior Day contest for Hofstra, the Big Red scored the first three goals as Paoletta and Lintner dented the twine in the first quarter and Edmonds scored 12 seconds into the second quarter for the early lead. But Hofstra responded by scoring six of the next seven goals in the second period to take a 6-4 lead at halftime. In addition to Malave’s two goals in the second, Varn added two in the second with Coholan and Hendrickson adding solo tallies.
Varn scored Hofstra’s fifth unanswered goal with 11 seconds to play in the third to boost the Pride lead to 7-4 after three quarters. It was his 24th goal of the season.
But Cornell came out swinging in the fourth quarter and went on a five goal run over the first 4:55 of the period to take a 9-7 lead. Edmonds started it off just 36 seconds in. Paoletta then scored consecutive goals almost 90 seconds apart to tie the game at 7-7. Edmonds then gave the Big Red an 8-7 advantage seven seconds later before Lintner boosted the Corrnell lead to 9-7 with 10:05 to play in the fourth quarter.
But the Pride rallied back with Coholan closing the deficit to one with his career-high 19th of the season, on a run to the middle of the field, with 3:22 to play. Llinares tied the contest with a great individual effort on Knight’s left side, bouncing the ball past Big Red goalie for his 16th goal of the year. Cornell had one last shot in regulation to win it but Edmonds’ shot went wide of the goal as regulation time expired.
Cornell outshot Hofstra, 39-34 and picked up 33 ground balls to the Pride’s 21. The Big Red also won 13 of 21 face-offs.
Hofstra will return to Colonial Athletic Association action next Saturday, April 19 when the Pride travel to Amherst, MA to face the 14th-ranked Minutemen of UMass at Garber Field. Game time is 7 p.m.