By Max Sass, Editor-in-Chief
Adrian Sorichetti had a game like none other. At least none he could remember.
Seven goals from the junior midfielder, easily besting his career high of three, led Hofstra (4-3) past St. John's, 14-10, Tuesday night at Shuart Stadium.
"Maybe back when I was eight, maybe nine," Sorichetti said. "That's about it though, when there was no goalie in net."
Sorichetti's seven goals were three off the Hofstra single game record set by Michael LaCrosse in 1989 -- a record Sorichetti had no idea about.
Sorichetti's seven goals were the most in a game for the Pride since Jim Femminella scored seven of his own against Notre Dame in 2003.
"I owe that to my teammates," Sorichetti said. "They found me out there and I found them. "
Hofstra coach Seth Tierney agreed that it was a total team effort to set up Sorichetti's success, which included three assists for a total of 10 points in the game.
"I'm thrilled for Adrian, but it was a team effort to get him open and to try to get him some looks," Tierney said. "Certainly he was shooting the ball confidently today."
That whole team was on the ropes for a bit as St. John's worked its way back into the game over the last nine minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Pride held a 13-6 lead after back-to-back Torin Varn goals at the 10:34 mark.
But four straight goals from St. John's (4-3), including three from Terence Leach brought the Red Storm back to within 13-10 with 5:13 to play.
"We knew that they weren't going away, there's no way around it," Tierney said. "It was going to be a fight to the bitter end."
Despite succumbing to St. John's pressure for most of the third quarter, the Pride defense held strong for the victory.
"It's hard to be happy defensively after a win like this, even though we did get the W," senior goalie Andrew Gvozden said. "I felt that we didn't come out to play as strong as we should have."
Hofstra committed seven penalties in the game and 16 over the past two.