NCAA: Hendrickson Leads Pride To Victory

Red-shirt sophomore Korey Hendrickson scored four including two back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to lead Hofstra to a 7-6 victory over non-conference opponent Siena College this past Saturday.

“This was a tough game.” Head Coach Seth Tierney said.  “We have never played them before and this was a tough one.  We will enjoy it for a few minutes and then we have our last mid-week game coming up Tuesday.”

With the win, Hofstra improves to 7-3 overall while Siena drops to 6-4 on the year.

Hendrickson earned a hat trick in the final minutes of regulation and scored on the man-up for his fourth goal of the game to give Hofstra its third consecutive win.

“There were a couple of times during the season…where 21 [Korey Hendrickson] and I had spent some time together and he had the opportunity in a couple of games to knock a few down,” Coach Tierney said.  “We have always said that your moments going to come and tonight was one of those.”

Siena opened up scoring with a goal from Conor Prunty at 13:40.  Just a few minutes later, Hofstra would take the lead to end the first quarter with goals from Henrickson and junior midfielder Mike Malave, one of those being the team’s first man-up opportunity.

In the second, Siena leading scorer Richie Hurley scored his 19th of the season and followed that up with an assist on Jordan Barlow’s man-up goal to give the Saints the 3-2 lead back at 10:32.  However, Hendrickson would not stay quiet for the Pride as he managed to score and tie it up 3-3 to end the first half.

After the break, Hofstra freshman Nick Altmann found the back of the net for his first goal of his collegiate career.  Hofstra and Siena would exchange goals again before the final battle in the fourth.

Siena looked to dominate and regain the lead as Hurley set up back-to-back goals for Nate Barry to give the Saints a 6-5 edge.  Hendrickson was the hero for the Pride as he tied it up with a hat trick off of a pass from sophomore Sam Llinares and then converted on the team’s final man-up opportunity for his fourth and game winning goal at 1:05 to go in regulation.

Both Llinares and senior Drew Coholan had quiet days but tallied two assists in the Pride win.

Junior goalie Chris Selva made 13 saves for the Pride while freshman FOGO Kris Clarke went 7-17 at the fac-eoff X.  Saints sophomore goalie Tommy Cordts had 15 saves while FOGO for Siena Casey Dowd won 10-17 face-offs.

Even though Clarke had a tough day, as a freshman Coach Tierney understands he is learning and that he has a three-man unit on the sidelines of other FOGO’s to watch and help him when something goes wrong.

“Kris is a competitor.  He’s one of those quiet assassins and his approach is very good in regards to the IQ of it,” Coach Tierney said.  “If he gets beat, he understands why he got beat.”

Siena won the ground ball battle 34-31 and managed to outshoot the Pride 39-31.  Both teams were successful on the extra man opportunity with Hofstra going 2-2 and Siena capitalizing on their only EMO opportunity.

The Pride will return to action on Tuesday when they remain out of conference to host Marist College at 7 pm at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead.