Torin Varn was a big scorer during his high school career in Ithaca, so Hofstra's lacrosse team expected the same when the 6-2 junior attack entered the program two years ago.
Varn had just 11 goals in his first two seasons, but he's making up for it now. He scored three goals in the Pride's 10-5 victory over Harvard Saturday at Shuart Stadium. That increased his team-leading total to 14, which ranked him in the top five in the nation entering the weekend games. Hofstra improved to 3-1 and will play at nationally ranked Notre Dame Saturday.
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"I'm more upset with Torin that it took him two years to arrive," coach Seth Tierney said. "I don't want to give him too much credit, he's still got two years to go. There's no magic powder that we sprinkled over Torin's head. He was out there all summer long shooting lacrosse balls on the run, not just catching and shooting and he's our leader. He's our quarterback, he's our hubcap in the offensive end . . . He's finished the ball really well, he's got great hands."
The score was tied at 3 when Varn scored twice in the third quarter. Three more Hofstra goals followed and the Pride had an 8-3 advantage entering the final quarter. Drew Coholan scored twice for Hofstra. Sam Llinares had a goal and two assists. Devin Dwyer (Garden City) and Daniel Epic each had two goals for Harvard (1-2).
Varn only took four shots. "I think a lot of it has to do with confidence," he said of his scoring this season. "Last year I had an opportunity to really break through and have a breakout year but it wasn't in the cards for me. My confidence isn't where it is now. I think all the hard work in the offseason has really improved my game a lot."
Against Harvard, Hofstra again received solid work in goal by sophomore Chris Selva, who made six saves and has allowed just seven goals in the last two games. "I've seen the shots that I like," he said. "The defense has been helping me out, letting me see shots from 10-12 yards out, giving me the opportunity to save them."
Hofstra also dominated on faceoffs (12 of 17), ground balls (36-28) and held Harvard scoreless on all four extra man opportunities.
Tierney downplayed the importance of Notre Dame, but Varn pointed to last season's 6-5 loss in overtime as added incentive saying, "We owe them one from last year and we're going to have a great week of practice."