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No. 6 Hofstra gets job done against Sacred Heart

The preparation for Hofstra's game against Sacred Heart Saturday started "about 21/2 minutes" after its win over Johns Hopkins last Saturday, according to coach Seth Tierney.

The No. 6 Pride, which defeated Sacred Heart 14-6 at Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon, will have less time than that before it hits the field again, at St. John's on Tuesday night.

"We'll watch a lot of film and let the guys heal," Tierney said about preparing for the short trip to Queens. He added that despite his team's success at home (3-0), it is 0-1 on the road the season (a 17-14 decision at then-No. 9 Princeton to open the season).

Yesterday's game was the first of four in a 10-day stretch for Hofstra (3-1). The final score was identical to the victory over Johns Hopkins, but yesterday's sunshine and 70-degree weather were contrasted the hurricane-like conditions that knocked power out on the Island - including parts of Shuart Stadium - one week prior.

"Sticks were easier to move," said junior Stephen Bentz (Massapequa), who scored a career-high five goals, about the difference between the two games. "It was a lot easier to get around the perimeter and it was easier to shoot."

Hofstra started sluggish against the inferior Pioneers (1-5), but got kick-started on a couple of opportune bounces.

Jay Card (four goals, three assists) was hounded by the Sacred Heart defense all day - he was hit hard on a first-quarter shot that left him limping momentarily. But he sprung free long enough to corral a rebound and put home his first goal with 1.5 seconds left in the first quarter to tie the game at 3.

After Timmy Katz (Freeport) scored his third of four goals for Sacred Heart, Bentz scooped up a Mike DeNapoli shot that turned into a nifty bounce pass, and scored to tie it at 4 with 10:56 left in the first half.

It was the first of five goals for the Pride, culminating in Brad Loizeaux's unassisted tally with 12:16 to play in the third quarter. Tierney was hoping the run would have come a little sooner, but he'll take the win.

"I didn't like the sense of urgency ," he said. "The result is what we all wanted, I just wish it was a little cleaner."

Hofstra, which has defeated Sacred Heart in all nine of their meetings, put the game away with three goals in the first 39 seconds of the fourth quarter, including two from Bentz.

"Hofstra is very talented on offense, and they kept hustling and hustling today," Sacred Heart coach Tom Mariano said. "They're very good at home, and when we come down here, things bounce their way."

The Pride is hoping that's also the case on the road come Tuesday.

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