It was a man-up situation and Korey Hendrickson was Hofstra's next man up.
The former Farmingdale star scored his fourth goal of the game on a right-wing rocket off a feed from Hauppauge's Sam Llinares with 1:06 left to give Hofstra a tough 7-6 non-league victory over Siena Saturday night at windy Shuart Stadium.
"We got the defense moving and I just shot it," said Hendrickson, who has six goals in the last two games, giving the sophomore midfielder 13 for the season. "I'm starting to mesh with the guys a little more."
Hofstra coach Seth Tierney proved to be somewhat of a seer when it came to Hendrickson's goal bonanza that helped improve the Pride to 7-3. "I spend a lot of time with him and a couple of times lately I told him, 'Your time is going to come,' " Tierney said.
Hendrickson's time was the fourth quarter. Siena (6-4) had grabbed a 6-5 lead with 8:54 left on a goal by Nate Barry from a feed by Ward Melville product Richie Hurley, who had three assists. Hendrickson tied it with a slick dodge and low bouncer into the righthand corner that beat former Northport goalie Tommy Cordts, who was outstanding all night with 15 saves.
The Pride, ranked No. 20 entering the game -- its first top-20 placing of the season -- gained possession late and when the Saints' Matt Bellucci was flagged one minute for slashing, Tierney called a timeout. There was 1:37 left, perhaps the last good opportunity Hofstra would get.
"We called one man-up play, but when it didn't work, we went to the second part of the play," Tierney said. "That was run well across the top by Torin [Varn] and Sam. Korey was the recipient and he got to step in a gap and stick it."
Hofstra goalie Chris Selva also manned up. He made 13 saves, eight in the second period. "Chris did the job when we had some defensive breakdowns," Tierney said. "They had a couple of point-blank looks but he stayed strong. We wouldn't have won without him."
Mike Malave (Shoreham-Wading River) scored two goals for Hofstra, including one with 3:38 left in the third quarter for a 5-4 lead. But it didn't last long as Siena scored twice early in the fourth. Cordts almost made the one-goal edge stand up. 'Their goalie was terrific," Tierney said. "We couldn't figure him out."
Until the final minutes. Llinares, Hofstra's leading scorer, had a modest two assists, but one of them was the game-winner 31 seconds into the extra-man opportunity. "Sam's that player," Tierney said. "He only had two assists but he's upstairs celebrating like he had 10 goals."