Massachusetts Rallies for One-Goal Victory over No. 20 Hofstra

Hempstead, NY Senior Colin Fleming scored his second goal of the game with 5.9 seconds remaining to lead the Minutemen of Massachusetts to a 9-8 come-from-behind CAA victory over the 20th-ranked Hofstra Pride at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

Hofstra was led by junior Torin Varn with three goals, freshman Brian von Bargen with two goals and senior Adrian Sorichetti with a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Chris Selva tied his career-high for the second consecutive week with 17 saves.

The Pride, with their second consecutive loss, slipped to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in league play setting up a must-win situation next Saturday (April 27) against top-seed Penn State to qualify for the 2013 CAA Championship Tournament that begins on May 3 in State College, PA.

Senior Will Manny led all scorers with six assists for Massachusetts while sophomore Grant Whiteway recorded three goals. Connor Mooney also tallied two goals for UMass, which improved to 6-7 overall and 1-4 in the CAA. Red-shirt freshman Zach Oliveri made 13 saves in the Minutemen cage.

After trailing 5-1 early in the second quarter and 6-3 at halftime, the Minutemen came roaring back with three goals in the third and three more in the fourth to record the 12th one goal decision in this series of 38 games. Fleming, who tied the game at 7-7 just 48 seconds into the fourth quarter, notched the game winner on a similar play, taking a pass from Manny behind the goal and beating Selva with a bullet for the game-winner.

Whiteway got the comeback going in the second half with his second of the game 4:52 into the third off a pass from sophomore Brendan Schroeder to cut the deficit to 6-4. Senior Bobby Tyler then scored his second of the season, from Manny, who had two assists in the first half, on the man-up with 5:08 to play in the quarter to cut the deficit to 6-5.

Hofstra sophomore Mike Malave notched his 11th of the year on a run down the alley with 1:53 to play in the third to give the Pride a two-goal cushion before Whiteway closed out the scoring in the period and completed his hat-trick with a man-up goal, from Manny, with 23 seconds to play to close to 7-6 after three quarters.

The Minutemen tied the game at 7-7 just 48 seconds into the fourth as Fleming scored, from Tyler, on a pass from behind to the top of the box. UMass took their first lead since the very first goal, as Manny found Mooney in the middle of the box with 8:47 to play for an 8-7 advantage.

After Selva made an outstanding save just inside the 3:00 mark while the Pride was a man-down, von Bargen tied the game for Hofstra at 8-8 with his seventh goal of the year, off a pass from junior Lance Yapor from behind the goal, with 1:52 to play.

The Pride had a chance to take the lead in the final minute but a shot sailed wide and then the Pride turned the ball over on a shot clock violation with 23 seconds to play setting up the winning goal. UMass outshot the Pride, 26-12 in the second half including 15-5 in the fourth quarter and won seven of nine face-offs in the second half.

It didn't look as if it would be a close game in the first half as Hofstra scored five unanswered goals after UMass opened the scoring 38 seconds into the contest on a goal by senior Kyle Smith, off a pass to the crease by Manny. But Torin Varn scored three straight goals to notch his sixth hat-trick of the year, von Bargen scored off a rebound, and Sorichetti scored in the second on a run down the alley for a 5-1 lead.

Mooney scored off a rebound and Whiteway scored from outside, both on the man-up, to cut the UMass deficit to 5-3. Hofstra freshman Sam Llinares then scored on a run across the box with less than two minutes to play in the half to give the Pride a 6-3 lead at halftime.

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