Hofstra holds off Towson, 9-7
Towson’s six-game winning streak was snapped, as the Hofstra Pride gave the Tigers their first conference loss by a score of 9-7 on Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y.
“It was a tough game tonight,” junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello said. “Offensively, we are very frustrated with our performance because we let down our defense by only scoring seven goals.”
Towson (7-3, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and Hofstra (6-3, 3-0 CAA) battled in the first half and went into halftime with the score tied at 4-4.
The Pride began to take over in third quarter though, as they went on a 3-1 run and took a 7-5 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers attempted a comeback after a quick goal from Hofstra, as freshman attack Joe Seider and senior attack Max Siskind scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 8-7 with seven minutes left in the game.
Hofstra was able to close the door though with a goal from senior attack Torin Varn at the 4:53 mark and the Pride’s defense shut down Towson’s offense the rest of the game.
Seider finished the game with a career-high four goals, giving him 17 goals on the season.
Senior attack Thomas DeNapoli finished with one goal and two assists. The captain went on to talk about the loss and how the team moves on from it.
“It’s definitely a tough loss, but we’re going to continue to correct some mistakes we made in practice and hopefully learn from this game,” he said. “We have our eyes set on qualifying for the [CAA] tournament
and hopefully get a chance to redeem our loss tonight.”
The offense may have struggled, but Cuccinello, who finished the game with one goal and four ground balls, praised the defense for keeping the team in the game.
“Our defense played great all game,” he said. “They had a lot of transition and garbage goals.”
Faceoffs were a big part in Towson’s loss, as the team only managed to win 6-of-19 faceoffs in the game.
“A couple of rebounds went their way, but that’s sometimes how the game goes,” senior defenseman John Fennessy said. “We had plenty of opportunities, but we just didn’t execute when we needed to.”
While the Tigers suffered their first conference loss of the season, their postseason goal is still easily in sight.
“Our goal is to host the conference tournament, so we need to get back to work Monday and get ready for [Massachusetts] next weekend,” Cuccinello said.
Towson’s next game is against the Massachusetts Minutemen (7-2, 1-0 CAA) in Amherst, Mass.
“UMass is another great team with some serious home field advantage, especially because of their old school astro turf that they play on,” Fennessy said. We must bring it to them in every aspect of the game if
we want to come away with that win.”
The Tigers will try to start a new winning streak, as the opening faceoff against UMass is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.