Hofstra gains confidence in loss to Princeton

Hofstra's John Reicherter practices with the men's lacrosse Hofstra's John Reicherter practices with the men's lacrosse team at Shuart Stadium Feb 7, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

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Coming off a disappointing season-opening loss, the Hofstra men's lacrosse team looked to make a statement on the road against nationally ranked Princeton Saturday.

The Pride seemed to be on its way after John Reicherter deposited a shot behind Princeton goalie Matt O'Connor early in the third quarter to put Hofstra up by four goals. But there was too much time remaining for the talented Princeton offense, led by two-time All-American and St. Anthony's alum Tom Schreiber.

Schreiber scored two second-half goals and assisted on another as the Tigers had eight second-half goals in a 12-10 win.

"They're the No. 10 team in the country and they have some firepower on the offensive end," Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said.

Hofstra sophomore Sam Llinares provided some of his own offensive firepower, picking up five points for the second straight game. He scored twice and had two assists in helping Hofstra take a 6-4 halftime lead.

"Sam finishes his opportunities and he's a playmaker and he answers the bell," Tierney said.

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Hofstra faceoff man Kris Clarke battled a handful of Princeton players and finished 13-for-26 on draws. The Pride also won the ground-ball battle 30-22, which led to a 41-29 shot advantage. "Our ground-ball work was huge . . . but I think we need to do a better job on the wings," Tierney said.

Hofstra begins a four-game homestand against Fairfield on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

"We proved to ourselves that we could run with just about anybody out there and that's what we got rolling," Tierney said. "We need to continue this confidence and continue to play with this kind of heart."

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