Dylan Alderman and Josh Byrne led the way offensively for the Pride with six points and five points, respectively. Both players had three goals in the game while Alderman had three assists and Byrne had two helpers. Alex Moeser had two goals for Hofstra and they were the two most significant tallies of the game, putting the Pride up for good at 9-8 with 2:49 to play in the third quarter and then he scored again 21 seconds into the fourth quarter for the eventual game-winning goal.
The Pride improved to 5-0 on the season with the win over the Tar Heels. It also won at Fetzer last year 10-5 and has now won back-to-back games against Carolina since UNC ran off four wins in a row in the series between 2008 and 2013.
UNC is now 4-2 on the season and will play Richmond (5-1) at home Monday night at Fetzer Field at 7 p.m.
Andy Matthews had two goals and two assists for the Tar Heels while Chris Cloutier and Luke Goldstock each had two goals and an assist. Hofstra’s defense held UNC’s midfield in check with the only goals coming from Michael Tagliaferri, Timmy Kelly and Justin Anderson.
Carolina outshot the Pride 43-35 and had a slight edge in ground balls 23-21. Likely the difference in the game ended up being in the turnover column as UNC committed 17 errors while Hofstra ended up with only nine. Extra-man offense was also a key difference in the contest as Hofstra scored on both of its chances while UNC went 0-for-4 on the extra-man.
UNC did excel in the face-off circle where Carolina had the edge 15-8. UNC senior Stephen Kelly continued to be a dominant presence at the X in his final season as he won 14 of his 22 chances and had a game-high nine ground balls. Jack Concannon excelled in the goal for the Pride as he made 13 saves while allowing just nine goals by the Tar Heels. Brian Balkam made 11 saves for the Tar Heels.
The first half was played even at six goals apiece. UNC had its biggest lead of the game after Andy Matthews scored his first goal of the season with 1:25 to play in the opening period, giving the Tar Heels a 4-2 lead. Hofstra ran off four of the next five goals and back-to-back goals by Dylan Alderman staked the Pride to a 6-5 with 5:21 left in the first half. Timmy Kelly’s goal with 3:17 left in the first half, off an assist by Goldstock, made the score 6-6 at intermission.
Luke Gomez gave Hofstra the lead less than six minutes into the second half but Matthews answered that tally 31 seconds later. Carolina’s last lead of the game came on Goldstock’s goal, off an assist by Matthews, with 5:11 left in the third quarter.
Hofstra’s four-goal run which started later in the third quarter decided the game. Brendan Kavanagh’s unassisted goal with 3:55 left in the period tied the game at 8-8. Just over a minute later, Moeser scored off an assist by Alderman to put Hofstra up for good.
A penalty in the waning seconds up the third quarter gave Hofstra a man-up for a minute and the Pride converted 21 seconds into the fourth quarter as Moeser scored again off an assist by Byrne. It took less than a minute for Hofstra to gain a three-goal lead as Byrne scored from Alderman with 13:55 to play. Michael Tagliaferri scored with 11:46 left in the game but Carolina was unable to score again.