Hat tricks and Card tricks were the main entertainment last night at Shuart Stadium.
Jay Card scored three goals in the second half for his ninth hat trick in his last 19 games. Tom Dooley scored three goals in the first period and wound up with four, while Anthony Muscarella of Wantagh also had a second-half hat trick as the Pride reached a season high for goals in a 12-7 victory over Drexel.
"Our offense is predicated on drawing a slide and being unselfish," coach Seth Tierney said of his team that is now 8-1 and entered the game ranked No. 5 nationally in the coaches' poll. "We let our players play."
With the exception of a scoreless second quarter, the players played well. Sparked by Dooley, Hofstra built a 4-0 lead. The game might have been a blowout early if not for a three-minute, non-releasable illegal stick penalty called on Muscarella in the second quarter. "He's been using the same stick all year," Tierney said of the random stick check performed by officials after the first quarter. "They said it was 39 ÂÂ½ inches . I guess it shrunk."
The Pride's lead shrunk to zero as Drexel scored two extra-man goals during the penalty and one more soon after for a 4-4 halftime tie. That's when Hofstra played its trump Card. The Canada native scored underhanded to make it 5-4 and overhand after two Muscarella goals to make it 8-6.
The goal of the night came early in the fourth when Card took a shovel pass from middie Steve Prifte, who had raced the length of the field. The sophomore attack beat goalie Mark Manos on a diving shot from close range for his 22nd of the season. "I felt pressure and jumped under [the defender]. I hoped I wasn't in the crease," said Card, who later hurt his groin and sat out the final minutes.
Dooley scored the third of Hofstra's four straight goals on an extra-man opportunity, his fourth of the game.