Hofstra bounces Towson, 18-10

4th-seeded Tigers fall in America East semis

College Lacrosse

May 04, 2000|By John Boell | John Boell,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- As it has most of the season, the Towson men's lacrosse team failed to capitalize on its scoring opportunities in the America East tournament semifinals and, in the second half, the Tigers paid dearly against top-seeded Hofstra.

Down by two goals at halftime, Hofstra used an 8-2 run in the third quarter to roll to an 18-10 victory over the fourth-seeded Tigers before 1,451 at Hofstra Stadium.

Hofstra (10-4) will host No. 2 Delaware, a 23-11 winner over Hartford, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the America East championship, with an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament at stake.

"Hofstra made us pay for our mistakes," said Towson's Brad Monaco, who finished with three goals. "Every time we had a turnover, or missed a shot they jammed it down our throats. They did that to us before."

On April 18, Towson led Hofstra 7-6 at the half. But the Pride closed the game with a 5-0 run and won going way 18-11. But last night, Towson (3-9) entered the game with little pressure on its back. This was something Hofstra knew.

"This is a whole new season for them," said Joe Kostolasnky, who finished with a career-high seven points for the Pride. "Their record during the year didn't matter. They played loose and we were a little tight early on."

But not in the third quarter.

Kostolansky got things rolling with a goal 41 seconds into the quarter as Hofstra cut the deficit to 5-4. Tom Kessler scored off a nice feed from Scott Dooley (a goal, two assists) a little more than two minutes later to tie the score at 5.

Towson responded 30 seconds later with a tally from leading scorer Brad Reppert. It was his only goal of the night, and threw the lead back to the Tigers at 6-5. But Dooley's goal with 10: 28 left in the quarter tied things up.

Hofstra would then score five of the last six goals in the final 6: 33 of the period to take an 11-7 lead. It has now outscored its opponents 59-26 in the third quarter.

The lead didn't dipped below four after that run. The Pride scored the game's final three goals when Towson attempted to force the action. Kessler tied a career high with six goals to lead the Pride.

"[Hofstra] made every shot an opportunity," said Towson coach Tony Seaman. "We had some great opportunities, and either we'd miss the net, or their goalie [Michael Demeo, 18 saves] made a save. Give Hofstra credit: They came up huge in the third quarter. We got it to 8-7, but then they made it 9, 10, 11, and we couldn't answer."

An old, familiar tune for the Tigers.

"They jumped all over us in the third quarter," Monaco said. "And then we were just chasing them the rest of the game. We just couldn't get over that hump. We couldn't put a 60-minute game together all year, and finish a team off."

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