Hi folks –
Just touched down at West Point a few minutes ago for tonight’s men’s college showdown between Hofstra (4-1), which is sixth in the latest USILA poll, and Army (5-3), which is tied for 20th. It’s Hudson Valley Lacrosse Night here at West Point.
There was quite a contingent of Yorktown fans tailgating in the main parking lot at Michie Stadium as I headed in. In case you’re just joining us, three former ‘Huskers senior attackman Tommy Dooley, senior defenseman Pat Watson and junior midfielder Tom Interlicchio play for the Pride. Somers’ Matt Marasco is a sophomore defenseman for Army. There are also quite a few Long Islanders between the two teams, who were will mention as we go along.
Right now I’m enjoying the beautiful view from high atop Michie Stadium overlooking the banks of the Hudson.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on ESPNU, and you can get scoring updates right here.
Hofstra 9, Army 8, 2OT
Faceoffs: Hofstra won 12 of 21
Clears: Hofstra 12-of-21, Army 9-of-21
Groundballs: Army 28, Hofstra 25
Shots: Army 38, Hofstra 35
Saves: Tom Palesky (Army) 18; Andrew Gvozden (Hofstra) 17
Update 27: Jay Card scores unassisted with 1:13 left in the second OT. Hofstra players rush the field to celebrate. The Pride wins 9-8 to improve to 5-1. It was Card’s third goal of the game. Teammate Michael Colleluori also had three goals.
Update 26: Still 8-8. Hofstra calls for TO with 1:37 remaining in the second overtime period. The Pride will have the ball of course when play resumes.
Update 25: Army can’t get a good shot off and we’re going into a second OT period, tied at 8-8.
Update 24: Both goalies have each made saves. (Thomas Palesky of Army now has 18 for the game, Andrew Gvozden of Hofstra has 15.) There is now 42 seconds to go and Army has taken a timeout.
Update 23: We’re tied 8-8 and heading into a four-minute sudden-death overtime period folks just as the clock is about to strike 9 p.m.
Update 22: Jason Peyer unleashes a blast from close range, but Andrew Gvozden makes the save. Moments later, Steven DeNapoli unleashes a shot for Hofstra, but Army’s Thomas Palesky makes the save.
Update 21: Army calls for timeout with 59.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter to set up a play.
Update 20: There’s two minutes two minutes remaining in regulation.
Update 19: Rocky Point’s Kevin LoRusso, a senior midfielder for Army, scores with 5:15 remaining to tie it at 8-8.
Update 18: Jeremy Boltus of Baldwinsville scores off the ensuing faceoff for Army. The Black Knights have pulled within 8-7 with 5:40 left in regulation.
Update 17: Floral Park’s Kevin Ford scores off a feed from Wantagh’s Anthony Muscarella. Hofstra leads 8-6 with six minutes to go.
Update 16: Anthony Muscarella of Wantagh scores off a low, hard blast with 8:33 remaining in the third period to give Hofstra a 7-6 lead. Fasten your seatbelts. We should have an exciting finish.
End third quarter:
Update 15: It’s tied 6-6.
Update 14: Brooks Korvin scores off the ensuing faceoff to tie it up at 6-6 with six seconds left in the third quarter.
Update 13: Jason Peyer scores off an assist from Sean O’Sullivan to pull Army within 6-5.
Update 12: Wantagh’s Anthony Muscarella scores Hofstra’s fourth straight goal off a feed from Floral Park’s Kevin Ford and Hofstra now leads 6-4 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.
Update 12: Quite a run for the Pride. Michael Colleluori scores his third goal of the game and Hofstra’s third straight and the Pride now leads 5-4 with eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Update 11: Jay Card, a Canadian with tremendous stick skills, scores a spectacular behind-the-back goal off a feed from Michael Colleluori. We’re tied 4-4 with 8:30 to go in the third quarter, gang.
Update 10: Hofstra runs a set play off the TO and gets a quick, big goal by Colleluori. Army now leads 4-3. We have 11 minutes left in the third quarter.
Update 9: Sean O’Sullivan scores for Army to make it a 4-2 game with 12:22 left in the third quarter. Hofstra calls a timeout.
Update 8: Jason Peyer’s second goal of the game has just given Army a 3-2 lead.
Update 7: It’s tied at 2-2 as we have ourselves a real low-scoring defensive struggle. (That’s sort of repetitive isn’t it? I mean are there ever high-scoring defensive struggles?) Anyway, the YAC fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade teams have just taken the field and are running some plays under the direction of Dan Kaiser.
Here are some halftime stats:
Faceoffs: Hofstra has won 4 of 6
Clears: Hofstra 10-of-11, Army 10-of-12
Groundballs: Army 13, Hofstra 12
Shots: Army 15, Hofstra 14
Saves: Tom Palesky (Army) 9; Andrew Gvozden (Hofstra) 6
Update 6: Hofstra ties it at 2-2 with 5:59 left in the second quarter on a man-up goal by Jay Card.
Update 5: Army goaltender Thomas Palesky makes a nice save on a hard, low shot by Yorktown’s Tom Interlicchio with 8:15 left in the second period. Army still leads 2-1.
End first quarter:
Update 4: Army leads 2-1. The Black Knights could be up by a couple more by freshman netminder Andrew Gvozden came up with some big saves. Gvozden went head-to-head against his older brother, Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden, earlier this season in Hofstra’s lone lone 12-7 vs. the Blue Jays on March 7.
The public address announcer officially welcomes members of the Yorktown Athletic Club fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade teams and the Briarcliff youth third- and fourth-grades teams. Those teams’ names were also displayed ojn the main scoreboard.
Update 3: Army takes it first lead at 2-1 on a goal by Jeremy Boltus of Baldwinsville that deflected off a Hofstra player’s stick with 9.6 seconds left in the first quarter.
Update 2: Army ties it at 1-1 with 8:46 remaining in the first quarter on a man-up goal by former Herrick standout Jason Peyer, assisted by Rob McCallion.
Update 1: Hofstra takes a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game on a man-up goal byMichael Colleluori, assisted by Massapequa’s Stephen Bentz.
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Yorktown fans tailgating???? Nooooo.
I know, right.
By the way, while you folks are awaiting the updates (which will be in the main body of this post not as comments), check out this blog by Hofstra player Brian Schneider from Inside Lacrosse. My old friend Jim Sheehan, the sports information director at Hofstra, just alerted me to it while we were chatting here in the press box.
Schneider does a one-on-one interview with Tommy Dooley (which is pretty interesting) and reveals what books several Hofstra players, including Tom Interlicchio, are reading these days. You can also find out what nickname teammates have for Interlicchio. Good stuff.
Here’s the link: