Against the Big Red, the play call Saturday in overtime for Hofstra was Blue. But sometimes things aren't all black and white. "It wasn't how we drew it up," Hofstra midfielder Mike Malave said.
"We called Blue but we didn't get the look we wanted,'' Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said.
But things looked very nice at the end as Malave (Shoreham-Wading River) scored on a bouncer 44 seconds into overtime to complete a hat trick and give No. 16 Hofstra a signature victory, 10-9 over No. 6 Cornell, before 2,257 at Shuart Stadium.
Hofstra (9-3) brought a 7-4 lead into the fourth quarter, but former Ward Melville star John Edmonds scored two of his three goals in a 5-0 run that put Cornell (9-3) in front 9-7 with 10:05 left. "To go from three up to two down in five minutes, that's a beating," Tierney said. "We staggered, but we didn't go down."
Drew Coholan scored low to make it 9-8 with 3:22 left. Hofstra later got the ball in the hands of its leading scorer, Sam Llinares (Hauppauge), who had managed only three assists against defenseman Jordan Stevens (Smithtown West). Llinares stood behind the cage for several seconds, not moving but eyeing the defense, before making his move. "He's a great player and he did a great job on me," he said. "Then it was time to go."
Llinares darted to his left, pivoted and, with Stevens on his back, fired a bouncer that got through for the tying goal with 1:06 left. "I had to be patient,'' Llinares said. "It's not the first shot but the best shot."
After one OT possession for each team, it was Timeout Pride; time in for Code Blue. "After the timeout, we didn't really get too much," Malave said. "I saw a little something. Had to go with it, trust it and just put it in at the end."
So Hofstra finished on a harmonious blue note.