Lincoln, Bentz Lead No. 8 Hofstra Past Manhattan

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan fell behind 5-0 after the first quarter and could not recover in a 13-8 loss to No. 8 Hofstra Tuesday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Coming off back-to-back victories to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, the Jaspers (3-9) looked to continue their winning ways but ran into a red-hot Pride (9-1) team unwilling to cooperate on a chilly night in West Hempstead, N.Y.

Freshman attacker Marcel Godino (Summit, N.J./Summit) led Manhattan with two goals, with senior attackers Justin Jensen (Bay Shore, N.Y.), Mike Llewellyn (Brookhaven, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) and Kelly Mahon (Spring Lake, N.J./Manasquan) each adding one.

Starting slow out of the gates, Manhattan gave up the first seven goals of the contest, including three to attacker Jamie Lincoln, to concede a 7-0 deficit with 11:20 remaining in the second quarter.

Answering back with two straight scores, Manhattan cut the deficit to 7-2 after goals by Jensen and junior midfielder Brendan Rogers (East Northport, N.Y./Northport). Jensen got the Jaspers on the board with an unassisted tally at the 10:28 mark of the second period before Rogers did the same with 7:54 remaining in the opening half.

Showing why they are one of the best teams in the nation, Hofstra responded with three scores in the final 4:14 to take a 10-2 lead into the locker room.

Putting together a much improved final 30 minutes of play, Manhattan outscored the Pride 6-3 overall, including a 5-1 margin in the final quarter on tallies by senior Chris LoGiudice (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford), Godino, Mahon and sophomore Tyler Jarvis (O'Fallon, Mo./Ft. Zumwalt West) but it would not be enough as they fell 13-8.

A contest statistically favoring Hofstra, the home team held advantages in shots (25-19), ground balls (36-19), face-offs (17-8) and extra-man opportunities (3-3/0-1).

In the cage, Hofstra's Andrew Gvozden made two saves in picking up the victory. For Manhattan freshman goalkeeper Rich Akapnitis (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) recorded six saves in the defeat.

The Jaspers look to rebound Saturday, when they head to Detroit, Mich. to take on the Titans in a big-time MAAC contest. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

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