Hofstra Falls to Marquette in Season Opener

Hempstead, NY Sam Llinares recorded two goals and three assists for the Pride, but Tyler Melnyk and Kyle Whitlow each scored three goals and Ryan McNamara added two to lead the Golden Eagles of Marquette to an 11-9 victory over Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Llinares, an All-CAA Preseason selection in 2014, tallied goals in the first quarter and the fourth quarter and added all three of his assists in the second half to equal his career-high point total. He posted five points against Sacred Heart in 2013. Senior Lance Yapor and junior Mike Malave each added two goals for the Pride, who dropped their season opener. Junior goalie Chris Selva, an All-CAA second team selection in 2013, made seven saves in the Hofstra cage.

Melnyk, a senior from Canada, scored all three of his goals consecutively during a four goal spurt by the Golden Eagles late in the first quarter through late in the third quarters that turned a 3-3 contest into a 7-3 advantage. Melnyk also added an assist in the game. Whitlow, a sophomore from Canada, posted three man-up goals. McNamara, a freshman, scored twice in the first quarter and added an assist in the fourth quarter. Senior JJ Sagl, a Long Island product, made eight saves for the Golden Eagles, who evened their record at 1-1.

In a see-saw first period, Marquette, led by former Hofstra Associate Head Coach Joe Amplo, jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see Pride senior Drew Coholan and Llinares tie the game for Hofstra. After McNamara notched his second of the contest, Hofstra senior Torin Varn, the Pride's leading scorer last season with 30 goals, tied the contest at 3-3 with 2:25 to play in the first.

Melnyk scored the first of his three straight goals with 40 seconds to play in the first and sophomore Conor Gately wrapped up the Marquette run at the 5:45 mark of the third to build a 7-3 advantage. Yapor ended Hofstra's 29:46 scoring drought with an unassisted tally with 2:39 to play in the period and Malave added a man-up goal 61 seconds later to close to 7-5 after three quarters.

After Marquette's Bryan Badolato and Malave exchanged goals in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, Whitlow's two man-up goals boosted the Golden Eagles lead to 10-6. Llinares and Jerry Nobile then exchanged goals before the Pride added goals by Yapor and sophomore Korey Hendrickson in the final 48 seconds to close out the scoring.

Hofstra outshot the Golden Eagles 37-30 but Marquette won the battle on the ground, picking up 36 ground balls to the Pride's 28.

The Pride return to action next Saturday, February 22, when they travel to New Jersey for an ESPNU game at eighth-ranked Princeton. Game time is 11:00 a.m.

2014-02-15



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