Hempstead, NY – Junior midfielder Adrian Sorichetti had three goals and two assists and senior goalie Andrew Gvozden added 13 saves in net as the No. 19 Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse team rolled to a 13-5 victory over No. 20 Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
On a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day, Hofstra broke out its new St. Patrick’s Day themed uniforms (see photo gallery) and wore the green with “Pride” as they pulled away in the second half, outscoring Delaware 7-0 in the final 30 minutes.
The win evens Hofstra’s overall record at 3-3 and moves them to 1-0 in conference play. Delaware falls to 3-5 and 0-1 in league action.
Junior faceoff specialist John Antoniades was stellar for the Pride at “the X” as he won 13-21 face-offs in the game, helping Hofstra to a 35-26 advantage in ground balls.
Gvozden was strong in the cage for Hofstra as usual, but the entire Pride defense stepped up and held Delaware to 1-9 on extra-man opportunities in the contest.
It was a tight game in the first half as the Pride held just a 6-5 lead at the break. John Austin started the scoring in the contest as he scored off a Andrew Tanneberger assist at the 12:37 mark of the first quarter to give the Blue Hens an early 1-0 advantage.
Hofstra would quickly answer, and Sorichetti started a 3-0 Pride run that saw Hofstra open up a 3-1 lead with 8:54 left in the opening stanza. Sophomore midfielder Stephen DiGiovanni and freshman attack Tyler Begley added the other goals for the Pride, which took the 3-1 lead on a man-up goal.
With Hofstra ahead 4-2 after another Sorichetti goal near the end of the first quarter, Delaware battled back and knotted the score at four with 6:52 left in the half courtesy of a goal form Mark Yetter.
The score would be tied at five near the end of the first half before Hofstra would take the momentum into the break as graduate student midfielder Steve Serling scored an unassisted tally with 14 ticks left on the clock to give the Pride the 6-5 halftime advantage.
It would be all Hofstra after the break as the Pride defense stepped up big time and held Delaware scoreless in the final 30 minutes. Gvozden keyed the second half shutout as he had nine of his 13 saves after intermission and also added five ground balls.
Begley, who finished with three goals and one assist for the Pride, started the second half scoring with a goal off a pass from Serling. Hofstra would extend its lead to 9-5 by the end of the third quarter as sophomore attack Torin Varn and sophomore attack Lance Yapor also found the back of the net.
The fourth quarter would see Hofstra take complete control, as the home squad notched four goals to end up on the winning end of a 13-5 final score. Begley and Sorichetti would complete their hat tricks with goals in the final 15 minutes.
Yapor and Serling both finished with two goals, with Serling adding an assist for a three-point day. Senior attack Mike DeNapoli chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Pride.
Austin led Delaware with two goals, while Grant Kaleikau had a pair of assists for the Blue Hens. Chris Herbert took the loss for UD, making seven saves in 58:39 minutes of action.
Hofstra returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts St. John’s at 7 p.m. That game is part of a doubleheader as Cornell and Denver will meet in the first game of the doubleheader at 4 p.m. For ticket information call 516-HOF-TIXX.