LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/2/13
From Press Release
Hofstra scored seven consecutive goals in the second half to break a 3-3 deadlock and junior attacker Torin Varn notched a hat trick as the Pride defeated Harvard, 10-5, in a non-conference matchup at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Varn scored at least three goals for the third time in four games this season and junior midfielder Drew Coholan scored twice to lift Hofstra to 3-1 on the season. Harvard fell to 1-2.
The Pride’s starting defensive unit of senior Cody Solaja and graduate-students Michael Hamilton and Mark Mullen held Harvard to just five goals despite the Crimson entering with an average of 11 goals per contest. After Hofstra defeated No. 13 Fairfield on the road, 9-2, the Pride has now allowed just seven goals in the last two games.
After Harvard tied the game at 3 just 33 seconds into the third quarter, Hofstra went on a 7-0 run over a 17:13 span with Varn scoring the first two goals and Coholan, sophomore Tyler Begley, freshman Sam Linares, junior Lance Yapor and senior Adrian Sorichetti all finding the net.
Sophomore goalie Chris Selva posted six saves for Hofstra, which entered receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Varn has notched multi-goal games in every contest this season and leads Hofstra with 14 goals. Linares compiled one goal and two assists while Yapor had a goal and an assist.
Hofstra held Harvard to 0-for-4 with the extra man and scored three man-up goals in six opportunities. Antoniadis gave the Pride a huge lift in possession, winning 12-of-17 face-offs
Devin Dwyer and Daniel Eipp both paced Harvard with two goals and Crimson goalie Harry Krieger made nine saves. Dwyer knotted the score in the first minute of the second half, which was the last of three straight Crimson goals to erase Hofstra’s early lead.
But the Pride stormed back almost four minutes later when Varn scored an unassisted goal for the go-ahead marker. After a blocked shot, Varn collected the rebound in the slot and shot over the prone Krieger with 10:31 left.
Almost five minutes later, Yapor sent a crisp centering pass to Varn for an even-strength goal and a 5-3 lead. Just 44 seconds after that strike, Coholan contributed another unassisted score from nearly 13 yards out for his first multi-goal game of the season.
Begley scored his first goal of the year off a great one-on-one move to create space with a hard left turn and a shot that beat Krieger to the right post four straight Hofstra goal.
Harvard had a chance to make up ground near the end of the third quarter when Hofstra’s Cody Solaja was called for a two-minute non-releasable illegal body-check penalty with 1:38 left. Hofstra’s man-down defense took time off the penalty and Llinares helped the Pride sustain momentum with a caused turnover and a man-down goal with just 14 seconds left in the quarter for an 8-3 lead. Llinares, who has had multiple points in all four of his first career college games, raced from behind and poked the ball away from Ryan Stevens for the turnover. Llinares collected the ground ball raced in and shot a low attempt that Krieger got a piece of but couldn’t prevent from crossing the goal line.
Yapor and Sorichetti scored back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to cap Hofstra’s run. Dwyer and Eipp scored the last two goals of the game for Harvard but the Crimson would not get closer than five.
Hofstra raced to a three-goal lead and took a 3-2 edge into halftime to cap a low-scoring 30 minutes that took only 43 minutes in actual time to complete. Malave, Cohloan and Varn scored consecutive goals for Hofstra and the defense held a Crimson attack that produced 16 goals to just two scoring strikes before the break.
Hofstra was outshot 11-5 in the first quarter but built a 1-0 lead in the period by limiting Harvard’s scoring chances. Malave opened the scoring just 1:26 into the game with a blast from almost 14 yards out that beat Krieger to the left post. The Pride’s defense held Harvard to just three shots on goal in the opening period.
Cohloan and Varn scored back-to-back goals in the opening two minutes of the second quarter for a 3-0 Hofstra lead. Varn raced around the defender and blasted a head-on shot the moment before a second defender raced in with 13:38 left in the quarter. Eipp put Harvard on the scoreboard with a jumping even-strength goal, marking the Pride’s first goal allowed in 34:49 second dating to the win over Fairfield on Tuesday.
Hofstra’s defense did not allow another goal in the half, marking the third time in four games that the Pride has taken an advantage into the locker room.
The Pride will be back in action at second-ranked Notre Dame next Saturday, March 9, at noon.