Ryan Carmichael started the onslaught for the Pride. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Hofstra University men rolled to an 8-2 triumph over host Penn State University in the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament on Sunday.
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The Hofstra University men rolled to an 8-2 triumph over host Penn State University in the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament on Sunday.
Hofstra advanced to the third round for the first time in program history and will face fifth-seeded University of Pittsburgh next weekend.
Two players finished with two goals and an assist as Hendrik Hebbeker and Roc Carles led the onslaught, while Ryan Carmichael added a goal and two assists.
The eight goals are one off the NCAA Division I Championship record of nine goals which has been accomplished four times, most recently by Appalachian State in 1978 against George Washington University. The goals were the highest by a Colonial Athletic Association team in NCAA Tournament history and is tied for the fifth-most by any team in the 63-year history of the NCAA Championship.
Hofstra improved to 18-1-2 on the season, with the wins tying a school record. The Pride is also on a 17-game unbeaten streak (15-0-2). Penn State saw its season end at 13-7-1.
Hofstra opened the scoring in the third minute when Stefan Mason sent a free kick into the box that found Mason Tatafu and Matthew Vowinkel before Carmichael flicked in a shot to the far post for his 15th goal.
Hebbeker put Hofstra ahead, 2-0, on the half hour when he scored an unassisted goal, his eighth. Vowinkel closed out the first half with a goal assisted by Carles, who sent a pass across the goal mouth to a waiting Vowinkel for his 13th score.
The Pride never let up in the second half. Only 23 seconds into the half the Pride struck for No. 4 as Francesco Perinelli tallied his first goal. Carles added two goals during a six-minute span, at 55:30 and 61:23 to expand the lead to 6-0. Hebbeker didn’t wait long to add Hofstra’s seventh goal as he scored 21 seconds later before Holger Maaloe added the capper with his first career goal in the 70th minute.
Femi Awodesu and Daniel Bloyou scored two late goals for Penn State.
Vowinkel finished with a goal and an assist for Hofstra. Storm Strongin and Mason Tatafu each added an assist.