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Card, Bellairs hurt in Hofstra's win over St. John's

Hofstra's Mike DeNapoli throws his body into a

Hofstra's Mike DeNapoli throws his body into a play against St. John's. (March 23, 2010) Photo Credit: Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy

A big win could have cost Hofstra big time.

The Pride's offensive brilliance during last night's 13-4 road victory over St. John's was overshadowed by injuries to goalie Rob Bellairs, who suffered an apparent knee injury late in the first half, and preseason All-American Jay Card, who left the game early in the fourth quarter because of a sprained ankle, according to Hofstra coach Seth Tierney.

"He tweaked his ankle, I don't know how bad it is," Tierney said. "We'll get some X-rays [Wednesday]. It's a sprain. How bad? I don't know. The same thing with Rob Bellairs."

It was the first meeting between the teams since 1995, when Hofstra defeated the Red Storm, 19-3.

And last night's outcome was just as lopsided.

Trailing 1-0 on Tom Manes' goal 7:55 into the game, No. 6 Hofstra (4-1) rallied to score eight unanswered goals against unranked St. John's.

Jamie Lincoln led the Pride's attack with four goals and a career-high four assists and Brad Loizeaux, Dan Stein and Card each added two goals apiece.

Though Hofstra extended its winning streak to four, it may have to prepare for life without Card.

"Of course I'm concerned. He's one of our best players," Tierney said. "Right now there's no speculation, I've got to wait and see what happens. And then we'll deal with it. Unfortunately, these injuries are a part of the game, it's a physical game.

"When he went down, I didn't know what it was ... And when he had to get helped off, I was afraid it was his knee, and it wasn't. It's his ankle. And when it's an ankle, we've got a chance. We have a chance of around the clock rehabilitation and treatment."

St. John's also may have to play down a man for its next game as well.

The Red Storm (3-4) played the last 4:25 without junior attackman Terence Leach, who had to be assisted off the field with a left leg injury.

"I didn't get a good look at it," St. John's coach Jason Miller said of Leach's injury. "I know it was a little scrum over there, a lot of bodies flying around and he went down. He's pretty sore right now. We'll see what the docs say."

Garrett Mitchell, Alex Logodich, and Charlie Holenstein also scored for the Red Storm.

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