Williamsburg, Va. – William & Mary’s Chris Albiston scored a one-on-one goal in the 37th minute to account for the only offense as Hofstra lost to the Tribe, 1-0, in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday night at Martin Family Stadium.
Senior Chris Griebsch led Hofstra with five shots but the sixth-seeded Pride concluded the 2013 season with an 8-7-3 record. Third-seeded William & Mary improved to 10-4-2 and advanced to the semifinal round to face second-seeded UNC Wilmington on Thursday at Drexel’s Vidas Field.
Hofstra held the Tribe to just one shot on goal through the first 87 minutes, but it was enough to give the home team the lead when Ben Coffey sent a long pass to Reilly Maw. Following the outlet pass, Maw fed Albiston, who came in alone on Hofstra senior goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini and scored to the low-left side for his fourth scoring strike of the year.
William & Mary, which entered the week earning votes in the NSCAA national poll, held on for the win thanks to Tribe goalkeeper Mac Phillips’ five saves. The freshman netminder registered his league-leading ninth save of the season. Phillips entered the night with a conference-best 0.87 goals-against average. The Tribe has allowed just 14 goals in 16 games.
Freshman Ignacio Gorrono gave Hofstra a final chance to tie it with an 87th-minute shot that Phillips saved to secure the win. Hofstra lost both games to W&M in the meetings this season with the Tribe scoring twice in the final 14 minutes in a 3-2 win in Williamsburg on Oct. 26.
The game marked the final collegiate appearances for seniors Griebsch, co-captain Tyler Botte, midfielder Herbert Biste, midfielder Chris Grenzig and Pellegrini. Griebsch ended his career as Hofstra’s all-time assist leader with 32. Griebsch, who led the CAA in assists in 2011 and 2012, is making a bid to accomplish the feat for the third straight time after ending 2013 with eight assists, which entered the evening two ahead of the next-closest competitor.
Botte played in 67th career game and the defender capped his career with 12 goals. Pellegrini started and logged 70:51 before sophomore Patric Pray entered the game. Pray saved the only William & Mary on-target shot he faced.