Hofstra, Syracuse advance

NCAA men

May 15, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Hofstra junior Athan Iannucci had five goals and three assists and Chris Unterstein added three goals and two assists to lead the third-seeded Pride to a 14-8 victory over Providence (10-7) in the first round of the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament in Hempstead, N.Y.

Hofstra, which recorded its 17th consecutive victory to improve to 17-1 for the season, tied the NCAA Division I record for most victories in a single season, set by Duke in 2005.

The victory sends the Pride into Saturday's Northern quarterfinal at Stony Brook against Massachusetts, which beat the Pride, 11-7, in the season opener Feb. 26. It will be Hofstra's fourth trip to the men's lacrosse quarterfinals.

Hofstra scored the first seven goals of the game and took a 9-2 lead into halftime. Hofstra opened the scoring 1:51 into the game as senior Tim Treubig took a pass from Iannucci and fired a low shot past Providence goalie Peter Littell for his 16th goal of the year. Iannucci then scored his 58th of the season on a bounce shot from eight yards out 1:10 later to extend the lead to 2-0.The Friars were able to hold off the Hofstra attack thanks to junior goalie Peter Littell, who made eight saves in the first quarter.

Syracuse 11, Harvard 4 Senior attackman Brett Bucktooth had a career-high seven points (five goals, two assists) as fifth-seeded Syracuse (9-4) cruised against visiting Harvard in the first round. It was the Orange's eighth consecutive win and sets up a rematch with No. 4 Johns Hopkins (9-4) on Saturday at Stony Brook in the quarterfinals. The Blue Jays beat Syracuse, 14-9, on March 18 at Homewood.

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