(Photo Courtesy of St. John’s Athletics)
11 months (340 days to be exact) after walking off the field in Queens, N.Y. in their last game of the season, Hofstra and St. John’s were back on the field against each other. But this time, it was in Hempstead to open the season and things would go very different than their contest last March, which saw Hofstra win 19-9.
From the get-go, these two teams never drifted too far apart from each other. It was like two heavy-weight fighters trade punches all night long. Neither would go away. Even when St. John’s grabbed the largest lead of the game (4 goals) late in the third, Hofstra came storming back to eventually tie things at 14-14 late in the fourth.
After that Hofstra three-goal run, which included two goals from Justin Lynskey, neither team gained more than a one-goal edge for the remainder of the game. And while this contest had everyone on the edge of their seat for the majority of the game, things got turned up a notch in the final two minutes of the contest.
Ryan Tierney did what he had done his whole career and had done all game: score. The Coach’s son tied things up at 17-17 with 1:53 left to get his seventh goal of the game. Following a St. John’s goal with 32 seconds on the clock by Ryan Schaeffer to tie it up again, Tierney went back to work and forced overtime with his eighth goal of the game at the 16-second mark in the regulation. But as had been the case all game, the opposition had an answer.
That answer came at the 2:31 mark in the overtime period and by way of a Thomas Martello feed to Mike Madsen for the game-winner, giving the Red Storm their first win over the Pride since 2018 and first season-opening win since 2014.
Tierney led all scorers with 11 points (8G/3A) in what was a career day for him. Alex Concannon also had three goals and one assist for the Pride. Joe and Mike Madsen each had five points to lead the Red Storm. Dylan Willis also had four points (3G/1A).
Hofstra won the faceoff battle, going 28-for-40 (70%) as a team with Brian Herber (14-for-23) and Chase Patterson (14-for-17) splitting time at the dot. Ricardo Carrera went 11-for-28 (39%) as St. John’s primary faceoff man.
Mac Gates made 12 saves with a .387% save percentage for Hofstra and Cameron Biegler made two saves with a .154% save percentage as St. John’s primary goalie. Brody Agres also had four saves with a 36% save percentage for the Red Storm.
High Point Burns Robert Morris
For the second consecutive weekend, Robert Morris found themselves in the Tar Heels state and very much in the game at the half. It’s their second-half performance that has led to two straight losses to start the season. This time it came against the High Point Panthers.
After using two three-goal runs to help them get ahead 7-3 at the end of the first, High Point started to feel Robert Morris chip into their lead. Following a fourth straight goal from the Panthers to start the second quarter, Robert Morris rallied off two of their own to make it a three-goal game. And while the Panthers answered that with three of their own, including two from Asher Nolting, Robert Morris outscored High Point 3-1 in the final 7:32 to cut the High Point lead to 12-8 at half.
High Point opened up the second half hot, outscoring the Colonials 7-2 in the third quarter to get ahead 19-10 and essentially put this one to bed. And while Robert Morris did start the fourth on a three-goal run, it was too little too late. Kevin Rogers and Dalton Sulver each found the back of the net once in the final quarter to get the Panthers to 21 goals.
Asher Nolting led High Point with seven points (3G/4A) while Kevin Rogers had six points (4G/2A) in his debut as a Panther. Dalton Sulver also had four goals. Antonio Arcona made 10 saves in his first-ever start.
Ryan Smith led Robert Morris with six points (4G/2A) while Jimmy Perkins also had four goals.
Bryant Upends Rival Providence
Bryant took down in-state rival Providence 9-8 in a game that can only be defined as a defensive battle.
After things being tied at 1-1 to end the first, Bryant took a 2-1 lead early in the second and while Providence was able to tie it multiple times during the game, they were never able to get ahead. Bryant led 5-4 at half and things were tied at 7-7 before the Bulldogs were able to secure the 9-8 victory in the final quarter. Luke Caracciolo made 16 saves for Bryant and Toby Burgdorf made 12 saves for Providence.
Towson Takes Down Saint Joseph’s in Overtime
Despite Zach Cole went 13-for-18 (72%) at the faceoff dot for Saint Joseph’s, the Towson Tigers were able to limit the Hawks’ offense and secure the 8-7 victory. Andrew Milani scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Tigers to secure their first victory for the first time since 2019.
Brody McLean led Towson with three goals and one assist. Shane Brennan made 11 saves in cage for the Tigers. Jack Zullo made 12 saves in cage for the Hawks.
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