Chris Selva makes 14 saves as Hofstra beats Delaware, 10-5, in CAA opener

Hofstra goalkeeper Chris Selva makes a save against

Hofstra goalkeeper Chris Selva makes a save against Sacred Heart in the second half of the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse game at Shuart Stadium. (Feb. 16, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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The No. 10 Hofstra men's lacrosse team earned its fourth straight win Saturday, using tough defense to shut down conference-rival Delaware in a 10-5 road victory in the CAA opener.

Sophomore Chris Selva tallied a career-high 14 saves for the Pride (5-1, 1-0) to lead a defense that held the Blue Hens (2-6, 0-1) scoreless through the second and third quarters. Defensemen Mark Mullen, Cody Solaja and Michael Hamilton played exceptionally well as Hofstra's defense held Delaware's top three scorers without a point.

It's the third time in the past four games that Hofstra has held its opponent to five goals or less.

Senior Adrian Sorichetti led the offense with a season-high four goals and added an assist. Freshman Brian von Bargen and sophomore Mike Malave added two goals apiece and freshman Sam Llinares had a goal and an assist.

After Ian Robertson gave Delaware an early 2-1 lead, Sorichetti answered with a man-up goal followed by a goal from von Bargen that put the Pride in front for good.

Junior Torin Varn scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season with 2:23 left in the second to give Hofstra a 6-2 lead at halftime.

Hofstra added two more in the third as Llinares scored off an assist from sophomore Tyler Begley and von Bargen put one in off a runner.

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After Sorichetti opened up the fourth quarter with his third goal of the game, Delaware went on a 3-0 run to end a scoring drought of 45 minutes and 12 seconds. Sorichetti capped the scoring with 3:23 left in the game.

The Pride will be back on the road at St. John's on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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