Lincoln Nets Five as #10 Hofstra Downs Towson

TOWSON, Md. – Senior attackman Jamie Lincoln (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) matched his season high by scoring five goals, including three in the second half, as 10th-ranked Hofstra (8-1, 2-1) used a strong second half effort to win its third game in a row, a 12-5 CAA victory over Towson (2-6, 0-2) at the Tigers' Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Lincoln, who leads the Pride with 19 goals, recorded his second five-goal game of the season as the Pride outscored the Tigers by a 9-2 margin in the second half en route to the victory.

“Hofstra certainly showed why they are one of the better teams in the country today, especially in the second half,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “We contributed to that by making some poor decisions in our transition game, which hurt us today.”

After junior attackman Matt Lamon (St. Mary's H.S./Annapolis, Md.) gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead on an extra-man goal with 12:32 left in the first quarter, the Pride used a pair of Lincoln goals to take a 2-1 advantage with 2:41 left in the period.

But, the Tigers answered with back-to-back goals from Lamon and senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) to regain the one-goal cushion with 2:09 left in the first half. However, senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli (G.W. Hewlett H.S./Hewlett, N.Y.) tied the game just 10 seconds later when he scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.).

Led by two goals from Lincoln, the Pride scored six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 9-3 lead while holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly 18 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Ian Braddish (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) also contributed a goal with an assist during the run.

Just 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, junior attackman Sean Maguire (Calvert Hall College H.S./Timonium, Md.) ended the Tigers' scoring drought when he scored his fourth goal of the season off a feed from Mezzanotte. But, the Pride put the game out of reach by scoring three goals over a nine-minute span, upping the Hofstra cushion to 12-4.

Senior midfielder Elliott Domanic (Foothill H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.) scored his first goal of the season with 3:14 remaining to narrow the gap to 12-5, but the Tigers were unable to get any closer.

While Lincoln scored a game-high five goals, senior attackman Stephen Bentz (Massapequa H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist for the Pride, which outshot Towson by a 37-30 margin.

Lamon scored two goals for the Tigers in a losing effort while Mezzanotte and Domanic each contributed a goal with an assist. Love made 11 saves for Towson, which has dropped four of its last five games.

The Tigers will travel to UMBC on Wednesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game against the Retrievers before resuming CAA play against Massachusetts on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pride will host Manhattan College on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

- The Tigers and the Pride were meeting for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon ... Hofstra has won the last four games against Towson and now leads the series by a 24-18 margin.

- The Tigers played a nationally-ranked opponent for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday ... All five of those games have come at Towson ... The Tigers are now 1-4 against ranked opponents this season.

- The Tigers were called for two penalties in the loss against Hofstra on Saturday, ending a streak of 122 minutes, 49 seconds without a penalty ... Prior to Saturday, the Tigers had not been called for a penalty since the third quarter of their win over Stony Brook on March 19.

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