Doneger to rescue as Hopkins wins, 9-8

Three 4th-quarter goals drive No. 2 Jays by Hofstra

March 10, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Junior midfielder Adam Doneger scored all three of his goals in the fourth quarter, the last with 11 seconds remaining, as No. 2 Johns Hopkins came from behind to defeat Hofstra, 9-8, yesterday before 4,531.

It was the second year in a row that Doneger has been the hero against Hofstra.

Last year at Homewood Field, he scored the winning goal with 1:32 left in a 7-6 victory in Hopkins' home opener.

In a matchup that featured seven ties, Doneger got his first goal of the game 4:44 into the fourth quarter to give the Blue Jays (2-0) a 7-6 advantage.

The No. 11 Pride (2-2) answered as Paul Rao scored on an extra-man situation to pull Hofstra even. Then Paul Defendini beat Hopkins goalie Nick Murtha (10 saves) from 12 yards to put the Pride ahead.

Doneger then converted a pass from Conor Ford to tie the game at 8 with 2:34 to play.

With just under two minutes to play, Hofstra turned the ball over, setting up the game's final possesion.

After Hopkins worked the ball around the perimeter and took a timeout, Ford again found Doneger, who beat Pride goalie Jack Alaimo (nine saves) from 11 yards.

Hofstra outshot Hopkins, 37-27, and had a 29-24 edge in ground balls.

Johns Hopkins 0 4 1 4 - 9

Hofstra 1 2 1 4 - 8

Goals: JH-Doneger 3, Benson 2, Barrie, McDermott, LeSeur, Ford; H-Rao 2, Kessler 2, Dougherty 2, Defendini, Hanand. Assists: JH-Ford 3, Benson, McDermott; H-Waler 2, Mekeel. Saves: JH-Murtha 10; H-Alaimo 9.

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