Bentz and Ford Lead No. 15 Hofstra Past No. 11 Towson

The Tigers tied it up in the first 6:31 of the fourth quarter. Will Harrington notched his 23rd of the year, scoring just off the crease, 2:37 into the quarter, and Pastirik scored his fourth of the game and 24th of the year almost four minutes later to tie the game at 9 before Hofstra's final three goal run..

Pastirik led the Tigers with four goals and two assists while Stratton ended the contest with a goal and two assists. Love finished the game with eight saves in the Towson cage. Hofstra outshot the Tigers, 32-30, and picked up 35 ground balls to Towson's 17. The Pride effort was helped by freshman face-off specialist John Antoniades, who won 17 of 25 face-offs.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Junior Stephen Bentz (Massapequa H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.) tied a career high by scoring five goals, including three in the third quarter, as 15th-ranked Hofstra University (9-4, 2-3) held off several rallies by 11th-ranked Towson University (6-7, 4-1) to edge the Tigers by a 12-10 margin in the regular season finale for both teams at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.

It was the Pride's third win in their last four games while handing the Tigers their second consecutive loss.

"It's a long way to travel to lose," Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. "Congratulations to Hofstra. They needed that win badly. I hope the NCAA committee takes a look at their body of work for the entire season.

After the teams traded goals in the opening seven minutes, the Pride took a 4-1 lead by scoring three consecutive goals in a two-minute span. Senior midfielder Tom Interlicchio (Yorktown H.S./Yorktown, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal to give Hofstra a 2-1 lead with 6:52 remaining in the first quarter before Bentz followed by converting a pass from sophomore attackman Kevin Ford (Floral Park H.S./Floral Park, N.Y.) just 42 seconds later.

Sophomore midfielder Brad Loizeaux (The Tatnall School/Mullica Hill, N.J.) upped the Pride advantage to 4-1 when he scored an unassisted goal with 5:11 left in the opening stanza, forcing the Tigers to call a timeout.

Freshman attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) cut the Tigers' deficit to 4-2 with his ninth goal of the season, an unassisted marker past sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden (Severna Park H.S./Millersville, Md.).

Bentz regained the Pride's three-goal advantage early in the second quarter when he scored off a pass from Ford. However, graduate student midfielder Christian Pastirik (St. Mary's H.S./Annapolis, Md.) answered with 6:07 left in the first half with his second goal of the game off an assist from junior attackman Tim Stratton (Manheim Township H.S./Lititz, Pa.), narrowing the margin to 5-3 at the intermission.

Ford and Bentz started the third quarter by scoring back-to-back unassisted goals to give Hofstra a 7-3 advantage with 8:15 remaining in the third quarter. But, the Tigers answered with goals by Stratton and sophomore midfielder Carl Iacona (Massapequa H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.) just 22 seconds apart to close the gap to 7-5.

But, Bentz took advantage of a Tiger turnover to score his fourth goal of the game, an unassisted marker with 5:28 remaining in the period.

After junior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) scored off a feed from Pastirik with 4:01 left in the third period, Bentz answered with his fifth goal of the game just eight seconds later to give Hofstra a 9-6 cushion.

But, Pastirik led the Tigers on a three-goal run to tie the game at 9-9 by scoring twice, including an unassisted marker with 8:29 remaining in the fourth quarter which tied the game.

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2010-05-02



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