Mike Malave, Kris Clarke lead Hofstra past Massachusetts

Hofstra's Mike Malave puts the shot on the Hofstra's Mike Malave puts the shot on the Georgetown net in a game Saturday, March 1, 2014. Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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Mike Malave scored five goals and Kris Clarke won 15 of 21 faceoffs as Hofstra topped host Massachusetts, 11-6, Saturday night in Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse.

Sam Llinares had two goals, three assists and three ground balls for the Pride (10-3, 4-0), who pushed their winning streak to six games. Lance Yapor added a goal, an assist and six ground balls.

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Hofstra opened on a 3-0 run in the first quarter, with Llinares assisting each goal. UMass surged in the second and tied it at 3 on Grand Whiteway's goal with 11:30 remaining in the first half.

Hofstra responded quickly, and Malave scored off a feed from Drew Coholan to retake the lead 46 seconds later. Llinares pushed the lead to 6-4 and Malave scored again to make it 7-5 with 3:16 left in the first half.

Chris Selva made eight saves, including four in the fourth quarter, for Hofstra. Nick Mariano had a goal and an assist and Zach Oliveri had 15 saves for UMass (7-5, 1-3).

The Pride outshot UMass, 38-25, and beat them to 30 of 51 ground balls.

Hofstra visits Penn State on Saturday in the regular-season finale. Hofstra clinched top seed for the CAA tournament which begins April 30.

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