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DeNapoli drives Hofstra over St. Joe's

Hofstra teammates #23 Corey Caputo, left, and #43

Hofstra teammates #23 Corey Caputo, left, and #43 Ian Braddish celebrate their 13-9 win over St. Joe's. (April 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Already having scored two goals, Mike DeNapoli sent a pass from the left side to an eagerly awaiting Tyler Begley at the doorstep on the right side of the cage. Begley finished and DeNapoli picked up his third point of the day just over two minutes into the game.

DeNapoli, a senior, had a career-high five points (two goals, three assists) to lead Hofstra to a 13-9 win over St. Joseph's in CAA men's lacrosse on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Shuart Stadium.

"I didn't realize how many points I had before. It's just nice getting the win," said DeNapoli, who's from Lynbrook. "You don't really look at your points during the game, you just focus on winning and after finding out it's pretty cool."

DeNapoli scored both of his goals in the first 1:30 as Hofstra (6-5, 2-2 CAA) jumped out to a 4-0 lead only 3:40 into the game and never looked back.

Augustus Quinzani scored back-to-back goals for St. Joseph's (3-7, 0-4) to cut the gap to 4-2 early in the second quarter. Hofstra responded and took a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Bobby Hurley scored a pair of goals in the third quarter as St. Joseph's took a 3-2 edge in the quarter to cut the deficit to 9-6.

"Part of our story today was to win four 15-minute quarters and we were unable to do that certainly in the third quarter but the other ones we got," Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said. "We're looking for four-goal wins. When we can win by four because we win each quarter by one then we'll know we arrived."

Lance Yapor, Steve Serling and Adrian Sorichetti each had two goals and an assist and John Antoniades was 19 of 25 at faceoffs for Hofstra.

Ryan McGee (three goals) made it 9-7 with 12:10 to go but the Hawks would not get any closer. Hofstra scored four straight over 3:59, the last two coming with a man up, to ensure the win with a 13-7 lead with 6:02 left.

"We've been putting in a lot of extra work on man-up and our percentage for the season isn't exactly where we want it to be," Serling said. "I think the extra work we put in is paying off and coach T's great Xs and Os have shown to be successful lately."

Added Tierney, "We were fortunate enough to bang one in and then win the faceoff and we got another one. Those things can change the flow of a game."

St. Joe's scored two late goals for the final margin, making what was a dominant Hofstra performance appear closer than it really was.

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