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Alderman (@Shanahan_mLax), Gomez (Wissahickon) help undefeated Hofstra top UNC

Saturday, 11th March 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/11/17
From Press Release

Junior Dylan Alderman (Bishop Shanahan) recorded career-highs of three goals and three assists, senior Josh Byrne added three goals and two assists and senior goalie Jack Concannon recorded 13 saves as the undefeated Hofstra Pride defeated the defending national champions and current fifth-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina, 11-9 at Fetzer Field Saturday afternoon.

The Pride, who defeated the Tar Heels for the second consecutive year, improved to 5-0 on the year while the Tar Heels are now 4-2 in 2017.

Alderman topped his previous bests of two goals and two assists, set several times with his three goals that all came in the second quarter. Byrne continued his hot hand with his fourth five-point game of the year and fourth hat-trick game of the season. Junior Alex Moeser scored twice in the final 18 minutes to post two goals in a game for the third time this season. Concannon posted double-dig saves for the fourth time in 2017.

Luke Gomez (Wissahickon) also scored once for Hofstra.

The Tar Heels of UNC were led by Andy Matthews with two goals and two assists while Luke Goldstock and Chris Cloutier each added two goals and one assist. Junior goalie Brian Balkam made 11 saves in the UNC goal.

In a contest that featured seven tied scores and four lead changes, Hofstra’s Ryan Tierney opened the scoring just 41 seconds into the contest on a run across the box for a 1-0 advantage. UNC tied the game at 1-1 just two minutes later as Cloutier took a pass from Matthews on the crease for his 11th of the year. Less than two minutes later, Byrne gave the Pride a 2-1 lead with his 14th of the season, from Dylan Alderman.

UNC responded with three unanswered goals, including the first two 15 seconds apart, by Justin Anderson and Cloutier. Matthews would give UNC a 4-2 lead with his first of the season with 1:25 to play in the period. But Byrne would close the Hofstra deficit to 4-3 with his second of the game, off a rebound in front, with 36 seconds to play in the first to close out the scoring.

The Pride tied the game at 4-4 just 59 seconds into the second quarter as Dylan Alderman notched his third of the season. Almost three minutes later, UNC took the lead as Luke Goldstock scored off a pass from Cloutier. Hofstra responded with consecutive goals by Alderman to give the Pride a 6-5 advantage. Alderman’s hat-trick is the first of his career. But UNC tied the game up at 6-6 at halftime as Timmy Kelly scored off a pass from Goldstock with 3:17 to play in the period to close out the scoring. UNC took 20 shots to the Pride’s 18 and picked up 11 ground balls to Hofstra’s 10. Concannon had four saves in the half while Balkam had five for the Tar Heels.

Hofstra took a 7-6 advantage when Luke Gomez scored his first of the season off a quick transition 5:34 into the third quarter. The Tar Heels tied it just 31 seconds later as Matthews scored his second of the game. Goldstock gave the Tar Heels an 8-7 lead with his second of the day at the 5:11 mark. But the Pride answered with two goals as part of a four goal run, as Brendan Kavanagh tied the game at 8-8 with 3:55 to play in the third and Alex Moser scored 1:06 later for a 9-8 lead after three quarters.

Moeser notched his second of the game just 21 second into the fourth on a man-up from Byrne and Byrne scored his third of the game 44 seconds after that for an 11-8 advantage. UNC closed the gap to 11-9 on a goal by Michael Tagliaferri with 11:46 to play in the fourth quarter. UNC had some opportunities in the waning minutes of the period but Concannon came up big with saves for the Pride on three consecutive possessions.

UNC outshot the Pride, 43-35 and picked up 23 ground balls to Hofstra’s 21. The Pride was 21 of 22 in the clears while the Tar Heels won 15 of 23 face-offs.

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