The week started with the Hofstra men's lacrosse team ranked seventh and a schedule suggesting it could climb even higher in the national polls. An upset loss to St. John's was tolerable only because it wasn't a conference game. But Saturday's 8-7 loss to Drexel in the third overtime wasn't going to be taken lightly by coach Seth Tierney.
"The leaders on this team have to step up more," Tierney said as he sat alone at the microphone. "Those guys will be notified and if they're not going to step up more, we're going to change who gets those touches. We need those guys to stand up. Everybody wants the ball -- or says they want the ball in the end. But we got to be able to have that guy. In the last two games it would seem that guy has not been with us . . .
"A heartbreaking loss, credit Drexel, those guys hung in there. We need to fix a few things, watch the film first, get back at it Tuesday afternoon . Everything was smooth going into the week. We need to go back to the drawing board."
When Drexel's Ben McIntosh scored on an extra man opportunity one minute into the third overtime, it became a painful come from ahead loss for Hofstra (5-3, 1-1 CAA). Drew Coholan's third goal of the game with 5:29 left in the third quarter had given the Pride had a 7-4 lead. But the team went the remaining 29:29 without scoring.
"We have to do a better job finishing games," Tierney said. "We can't go that stretch without scoring goals. We lose the fourth quarter, 3-0. You've got to score more goals than seven, this is college lacrosse . . . It was not for a lack of effort. I thought the guys played hard but this is the CAA. We thought we had an opportunity to be 2-0 in the CAA. We learned another lesson. We're going to right this ship."
Goals by McIntosh and Frank Fusco brought Drexel (6-2, 1-0) within 7-6, then Ryan Belka tied it at 7 with 43 seconds left in regulation. McIntosh's game winner, from about 14 yards out, came as time expired on the man-up opportunity. "That guy can shoot it," Tierney said of McIntosh, a junior midfielder who scored three goals and leads his team with 20.
Each team took 51 shots, Hofstra goalkeeper Chris Selva had a career-high 16 saves. But Drexel held a 28-19 advantage in ground balls. "We harped on it the entire week after the St. John's game," Tierney said. "We've got to start diving for balls and we've got to pick them up the first time. We made an emphasis over it the last couple of days, we're going to continue to make an emphasis until it gets done right."