Hofstra could not overcome UMass. The Hofstra Pride (4-2, 1-1 CAA) welcomed the 13th ranked UMass Minutemen (3-1, 3-0 CAA) to Hempstead New York for an afternoon tilt. UMass thanked their hosts and headed back to New England with a 16-10 Colonial Athletic Association victory.
UMass had a 4-2 lead after the first quarter with Devin Spencer (2g,4a) and Billy Philpott (2g,2a) scoring twenty-four seconds apart. Justin Sykes (2g) evened things with a pair that were both helped by Riley Forte (2a). Clayton Proctor (1g) with the assist picked up by Spencer followed by Dillon Arrant (3g,1a) from Philpott.
Philpott went back to work just :50 into the second to push it to a three-goal Minutemen advantage at 5-2. Justin Lynskey (2g,3a) and Bryce Tolmie (1g) just :22 later, closed the Hofstra disadvantage to 5-4. Arrant, Gabriel Procyk (4g,1a), Kevin Tobin (3g,1a), and Procyk’s second in just 3:19 gave UMass a 9-4 edge with 30:00 to play.
James Philbin (1g) followed by a Colton Rudd (2g) score got it to 9-6. Lynskey got the helper on both markers. Spencer jumpstarted a UMass rally followed by Lynskey and Procyk increasing the score to 11-7. Rudd added his second to stop the rally. Mike Tobin (1g) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (1g) complimented the Rudd goal to take it to the final quarter with a 13-8 Minutemen lead.
Ryan Tierney (2g) picked up his 19th and 20th of the season but that was as close as Hofstra could get and UMass added goals from Procyk, Arrant, and Kevin Tobin to ice the 16-10 victory.
Dis and Dat
Shots favored UMass, 37-34 with shots on goal being even at 23-23. Hofstra turned the ball over 16 times but UMass had 19. Ground balls went the way of UMass, 37-28. Zach Hochman went 13 for 28 from the “X” for UMass. Brian Herber was 16 of 29for the home team. Minuteman, Matt Knote made 13 saves while Bobby Casey represented the Pride with 7 stops. Hofstra could not overcome UMass.