Sorichetti Scores Seven as No. 19 Hofstra Tops St. John's

Hempstead, N.Y.- Junior midfielder Adrian Sorichetti scored seven goals and tallied three assists for the highest point total for a Hofstra player in 23 years in leading the Pride to a 14-10 non-conference victory against St. John's at James M. Shuart Stadium Tuesday night.

Sorichetti recorded the first 10-point game for the program since Steve Walakovits accomplished the feat against Army in 1989. He also became the first Hofstra player to score seven goals in a contest since Jim Femminella accomplished it against Notre Dame in 2003.

Senior attacker Mike DeNapoli finished with two goals and an assist and sophomore Torin Varn contributed two second-half goals to lift Hofstra (4-3) to its third win in four games. Sophomore attacker Lance Yapor compiled three assists.

St. John's Terence Leach paced the Red Storm (4-3) with four goals and Kieran McArdle had two goals and three assists. But Hofstra still won for the 12th time in the last 17 games as the Pride improved to 12-2 in the all-time series.

Sorichetti picked up points on Hofstra's first eight goals, registering six goals and a pair of assists in helping Hofstra hold the lead for the final 53:06.

Hofstra scored three of the first four goals in the second half to build a 10-5 edge with 7:40 left in the third quarter. Sophomore midfielder Stephen DiGiovanni's fourth goal of the season chased St. John's starting goalie Jeff Lowman with the Red Storm inserting Ryan Quinn.

Despite the goalie switch, the Pride went up as much as seven via Varin's back-to-back man-up goals to start the fourth quarter. Varn scored twice 45 seconds apart, marking his third multi-goal game this year to put the Pride ahead, 13-7.

Those insurance goals proved valuable after St. John's surged to a 4-0 run. Leach scored the last three of his four goals in a row in a 1:52 span. The first two goals in that stretch came in man-up situations and encompassed one sequence in which St. John's enjoyed a 6-on-3 advantage in the attacking zone. Ryan Fitzgerald kept the momentum with the Red Storm by sending a shot just under the top post to cut Hofstra's lead to 13-10 with 5:13 left.

But Hofstra senior goalie Andrew Gvozden made two saves on one St. John's possession, sending the ball back to the Pride to jump-start a 3-on-1 rush. The Pride failed to generate a goal on the rush but maintained possession and worked the clock down to 2:46. Gvozden finished with 11 saves.

The Pride then earned another defensive stop and Sorichetti secured the win with a 15-yard shot for his seventh goal with less than 37 seconds on the clock. Sorichetti became just the ninth player in the 63-year team history to score seven goals in a game. After scoring three goals against No. 20 Delaware last game, Sorichetti picked up his second consecutive hat trick, factoring in all of Hofstra's first-half scoring strikes by notching six goals and an assist to help the Pride build a 7-4 lead heading into the break. Sorichetti doubled his career-high in just 30 minutes on just 10 shots in one of the most statistically dominant halves in program history.

In one-half, Sorichetti scored the most goals of any Hofstra player since Anthony Muscarella's six-goal effort against Stony Brook in 2008. Down 5-1, Keegan scored twice in 34 seconds to bring the Red Storm within two. Sorichetti and McArdle exchanged goals to establish Hofstra's three-goal lead at the half. Sorichetti needed less than 19 minutes to record his fifth career hat trick and third of the season.

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2012-03-21



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