Fairfield, CT - Midfielder Steve Serling
tallied three goals and four assists and attackman Stephen Bentz
added three goals and one assist to lead #9 Hofstra to a 10-6 non-conference victory over Sacred Heart at Campus Field Saturday afternoon. The Pride improve to 2-0 on the season while the Pioneers dropped their 2011 opener.
Serling, a graduate-student transfer from Lafayette College, scored two of his goals and three of his assists in the second half to lead the Pride's second half charge after a 3-3 first half. Bentz, a senior, also tallied two goals and one assist in the second half for Hofstra. Junior Matt King led the Pioneers with two goals while sophomore Bryan Badolato added two assists.
The Pride battled back from a 3-1 at the end of one quarter to tie the game with goals in the final 1:39 of the half as Serling scored his first as a member of the Pride, off a pass from Kevin Ford
, with 1:39 to play in the second, and Bentz tied the game at 3-3 on a charge to the goal around two defenders for his second of the season.
The Pioneers took the lead 2:57 into the third quarter as junior Parker Wilson scored off a pass from Badolato. But Serling helped give the Pride a 5-4 lead by assisting on senior Jay Card 's second goal of the year, from 10 yards out, almost two minutes later, and sophomore Michael Burke 's first of the season, from just off the crease on the man-up with 2:52 to play in the third quarter.
King tied the game up at 5-5 with his second of the contest, from Mike Mawdsley, just 2:34 into the fourth, But the Pride responded with five unanswered goals in a span of 7:11 to blow the game open. Serling scored his second of the game from junior Brad Loizeaux just 2:10 after the Pioneer goal for a 6-5 lead. Sophomore Aaron Jones
notched his first of the year on a bullet from 10 yards out, off a pass from Bentz, at the 6:58 mark. Just 18 seconds later and directly off the face-off, long-stick middie Adam Mojica
fed Bentz, on the right side of the crease, for his second of the contest and an 8-5 lead. Serling followed with his third of the game 1:35 later on a charge to the goal from the left of Sacred Heart goalie Zach Frank (eight saves). Bentz then notched his third of the game and fourth of the year two minutes later, coming around the cage after a perfect pass from Serling for a 10-5 advantage.
Pioneer sophomore Tim Sanders closed out the scoring with 55 seconds to play on a bullet from 15 yards out, off a pass from senior Billy Skelos, that beat Pride junior goalie Andrew Gvozden (seven saves).
Hofstra outshot Sacred Heart 28-25 and picked up 31 ground balls to the Pioneers 26. Pride sophomore John Antoniades won 11 of 14 face-off as Hofstra captured 14 of the 18 in the contest.
The Pride return to action next Saturday, February 26 when they host the Tigers of Princeton University at James M. Shuart Stadium. Game time is 11:30 a.m.