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Men’s lacrosse: Hofstra stuns No. 2 Notre Dame, 8-7

Sunday, 10th March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/10/13
From Press Release

Pride junior Torin Varn scored twice, sophomore Mike Malave tallied the go-ahead goal late in the third quarter and classmate Chris Selva made 11 saves as 15th-ranked Hofstra defeated second-ranked Notre Dame, 8-7 at Arlotta Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Pride, who won their third consecutive game, improved to 4-1 on the season with their biggest win since an 8-7 victory over then #1 Johns Hopkins in 2008. The Irish slipped to 3-1 on the season.

In addition to Varn, the Pride received a goal and an assist from freshman Sam Llinares as seven Hofstra players scored goals. Selva faced 37 shots in the Pride cage to post the fourth win of his career. Senior John Antoniades captured 12 of 18 face-offs while sophomore pole Ryan Rielly, who had a big pass break-up near the end of the game, had a team-high five ground balls.

Notre Dame was led by sophomore Conor Doyle with three goals while senior goalie John Kemp also made 11 saves while facing 33 Hofstra shots.

In a close contest reminiscent of the 2012 match-up in which the Pride and the Irish had to go into overtime before Sean Rogers gave Notre Dame a 6-5 victory 1:19 into the extra period, the two teams battled through four tied scores and three lead changes.

Early on it looked as if it would be a high scoring game as the Irish got on the board just 2:04 into the contest as Doyle notched his fifth goal of the year. But the Pride responded with three unanswered tallies to take a 3-1 advantage. Varn evened the score with his 15th goal of the season, from Coholan, just 49 seconds after Doyle’s goal. Almost four minutes later freshman Brian von Bargen scored his second of the year and Varn added his second of the game and 16th of the season, from defenseman Michael Hamilton, for the 3-1 lead.

But Notre Dame battled back with three unanswered goals of their own to take a 4-3 lead. Doyle started the run with 28 seconds remaining in the first quarter posting his second of the game. Nick Ossello tied the game at 3-3 with his first of the season at the 4:49 mark of the second quarter. Marlatt gave the Irish a 4-3 lead with his eighth of the season almost five minutes later.

But the Pride got the equalizer with 2:37 to play in the half as junior Lance Yapor charged in from the side and tucked the ball under Kemp for his fourth goal of the season. The shots were even at 18-all but Kemp made seven saves in the first 30 minutes.

The Irish took a 5-4 lead almost midway through the third quarter on a bounce shot on the run by Tyler Kimball.

But the Pride regained the lead four minutes later, as part of a four-goal spurt, as Sorichetti took a short pass from Sam Llinares and fired a bullet past Kemp with 3:39 to play in the period. Malave gave Hofstra a 6-5 lead, off a rebound, with 2:25 in the quarter for his fourth goal of the season. It would turn out to be the game-winner. Tyler Begley then boosted the lead to two 4:04 into the fourth quarter on a goal from a sharp angle to the left side of Kemp. It was his second tally of the season Llinares capped the run with his ninth of the season, coming around the cage 61 seconds later, for an 8-5 advantage.

But the Irish battled and closed to 8-6 with 3:34 to play as Doyle notched his third of the game and seventh of the season. Rogers, last year’s hero for Notre Dame, made sure the final minute was going to be exciting with his fifth goal of the year, off a pass to the crease from Ryan Foley, with 37 seconds to play.

Hofstra won the ensuing face-off but had the ball taken away giving the Irish a chance to tie it. After a bounce shot that went high over the Pride goal, the Pride’s Ryan Rielly was able to break up a Notre Dame pass and kick the ball away as time expired.

The Pride defense, led by Mark Mullen, shut down Notre Dame’s leading scorer freshman Matt Kavanagh, holding him to just three shots. The Irish picked up 27 ground balls to the Pride’s 25. Both teams cleared the ball well with Hofstra clearing 19 of 22 times and the Irish clearing 18 of 19.

The Pride return to action next Saturday, March 16 when they open their Colonial Athletic Association season at the University of Delaware. Game time is 1 p.m.



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