March 6, 2004
Hempstead, N.Y. - In a game which Loyola dominated the statistics, the only stat that really mattered was won by Hofstra. The Pride won the scoring battle, dropping Loyola 9-8 at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon.
The Greyhounds took eight more shots, picked up 13 more groundballs and won 17-of-20 face-offs, but Hofstra's Matthew Southard made 18 saves in goal, including huge saves down the streatch to preserve a come-from-behind victory for the Pride.
Tim Treubig put Hofstra up 1-0, scoring only 44 seconds into the game. For the second straight week, the Greyhounds responded with an offensive run, this time sparked by sophomore Geoff Hunter, who knocked in an unassisted goal at 14:01 of the first period. Junior Chris Einhorn, who scored a career-high three goals last week at Towson, scored back-to-back goals and freshman Andrew Spack capped a 4-0 run to give the 'Hounds a 4-1 edge only 2:30 into the game.
Hofstra ralled with three unanswered goals of its own and at the end of the period, the score was tied 4-4. Senior Stephen Brundage put the 'Hounds on top again when he connected off a pass from junior Craig Georgalas at 12:47 of the second quarter. Georgalas then scored an unassisted goal at 7:37 and at the half, the Greyhounds led 6-4.
"Even though we had a halftime lead, I thought we were playing their game," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "We made a lot of mistakes and it cost us."
Two third-quarter Hofstra goals and a score by freshman Matt Cassalia set up another one-goal game to start the fourth quarter. Ryan Vilar tied the game at 7-7 at 11:14 and then gave the Pride an 8-7 lead with a goal at 10:47. Brundage evened things out with a goal at 8:44, but Ryan Lucas scored an extra-man goal, Hofstra's second of the day, and Southard did the rest.
"I give their goalie a lot of credit," says Dirrigl. "We had plenty of good looks down the stretch and he made the saves. Hofstra is a well-coached team and they certainly have a fine goalie."
Brundage and Einhorn each finished with two goals for Loyola, Michael Fretwell made seven saves in goal. The Greyhounds fall to 1-1 overall while Hofstra improves to 1-1 on the season. After two road games, the 'Hounds open the home schedule with Duke next Saturday at 1 p.m.