(Photo Courtesy of LIU Athletics)
On Sunday at high noon, the LIU Sharks and Stony Brook Seawolves will go head to head in the inaugural Long Island Cup Championship game.
LIU topped Hofstra 14-11 on Friday evening in a game that saw the Sharks comeback from down 6-3 at half and 9-7 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Sharks caught fire as they scored four straight from the 11:52 mark to the 6:17 mark to take their first lead (11-10) since being up 2-0 late in the first quarter of play. After James Philbin goal to tie things up for Hofstra, the Sharks ended the game on a three-goal run to seal the deal.
Hofstra only got one shot off following Philbin’s game-tying goal late in the quarter. The Pride only took four shots during the final period of play and 30 all day. LIU took 40 shots the entire contest. Hofstra also committed six turnovers during the fourth quarter (22 in total), four of which were caused by LIU.
The LIU offense benefited from a wealth of production with seven different goal scorers on the day. Blake Behlen had five points off two goals and three assists to lead the way whole Richie LaCalandra had two goals and two assists for four points.
Will Mark made 4 saves to anchor the Sharks’ defense and Justin Joseph went 17-for-28 (60%) at the dot.
James Philbin had five points (4G/1A) to lead Hofstra while Gerard Kane dished out four assists. Mac gates made 14 saves (11 in the first half) in cage and Bryan McIntosh grabbed five ground balls and caused four turnovers.
The Stony Brook Seawolves also had to fight for their victory on Friday night as well, finding themselves down 0-2 early on and tied 4-4 late in the first quarter. A five-goal run that started with a Wayne White score with 1:29 left in the opening stanza and ended with a Noah Armitage man-up score early in the third gave Stony Brook the momentum they needed. That run featured three man-up goals.
Stony Brook went on another five-goal run in the second quarter that put them up 14-6 and essentially put them in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the contest.
Kevin Mack had six points (4G/2A) to lead the Seawolves whole Dylan Pallonetti (2G/2A) and Matt Anderson (4G) each had four points on the day.
Renz Conlon went 17-for-22 (77%) at the faceoff dot while Anthony Palma made six saves in cage to anchor the Stony Brook defense.
Jonathan Huber had five goals to lead St. John’s. Dylan Willis was the Red Storm’s second-leading scorer with four points off two goals and two assists.
Sacred Heart Holds off Quinnipiac
Despite going just 7-for-27 (25%) at the faceoff dot and losing the ground ball battle 41-28, the Sacred Heart Pioneers were able to take down the Quinnipiac Bobcats 13-10 in a Constitution State battle.
Sklyer Wilde scored off a Jake Garb feed with 3:36 left in the first quarter to make it a tie game coming out of what was an offensively slow opening quarter. The Pioneers then scored four more throughout the second quarter to end the half on a 5-0 run and with a 6-2 lead.
That four-goal lead wouldn’t hold for long as Quinnipiac soon found their rhythm and opened the second half of play with a five-goal run of their own that ended with a Will Abbott score off a Dylan Donnery feed to knot things all up at six. Neither side gained a real edge until the Pioneers were able to score two in a row to take an 11-9 lead with 8:08 remaining. While Quinnipiac answered quickly with a Donnery goal to make it a one-goal game once again, it would be the last bit of offensive success the Bobcats would see.
A Johnny Morgan goal with 4:51 left put the Pioneers back up two and a Carson Spooner score with 49 seconds left proved to be icing on the cake.
Quinnipiac got off six shots in the final 7:57 of the game, but failed to convert on each attempt. Two were saved by Alex Pazienza, who played in the second half and made eight saves.
The Bobcats 19-for-24 in the clearing game opposed to Sacred Heart’s 20-for-22 mark. Quinnipiac also committed 22 turnovers to Sacred Heart’s 13.
Sacred Heart saw nine different goal-scorers on the day with Sal Miccio (1G/3A) leading the way. Two-way midfielder Donovan Lacey had one goal, two assists, and scooped up three ground balls.
Dylan Donnery (3G/1A) and John DeLucia (2G/2A) each had four points for Quinnipiac. Nick DiMuccio made 15 saves in cage and Demitri George went 20-for-27 (74%) at the faceoff dot.
Mount St. Mary’s Tops UMBC
In an Old Line State battle, the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers topped the UMBC Retrievers 9-8 in what was a defensive battle.
The Mountaineers found themselves up 5-1 at the end of the first half and had to ward off a UMBC comeback in the second half to secure the victory. The Retrievers outscored the Mountaineers 7-4 in the final two periods. Mike Doughty scored late in the fourth to make it a one-goal game, but UMBC failed to tie it to grab the lead. They took three shots in the final 2:11 of play, one of which was saves and the other two went wide.
Griffin McGinley made eight saves to anchor the Mount St. Mary’s defense. Connor McMahon (2G/1A) and Cormac Giblin (3G) led the offense with a combined six points.
Jack Thomas led the way for UMBC with three points off one goal and two assists while Zach Dudley went 11-for-20 (55%) at the dot.