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Brier Davis's hat trick helps Hofstra to big lead before Pride beats Georgetown in OT

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. Credit: George A. Faella

Hofstra had many heroes as it downed Georgetown in overtime, 9-8, in men's lacrosse Saturday.

Early on, it was freshman Brier Davis, whose second-quarter hat trick gave the Pride what seemed to be an insurmountable 6-1 advantage.

With such a huge lead, not many fans at James M. Shuart Stadium thought the Pride would need to pull off late-match heroics just to force overtime.

Those fireworks were provided by Ryan Rielly, Mike Malave and Torin Varn.

Malave of Wading River scored an unassisted equalizer with 74 seconds remaining in regulation tied it at 8 before Varn's goal off Rielly's feed with 19 seconds left in sudden death won it.

"The best part came after the worst part," Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said.

The win snapped Hofstra's six-game losing streak in overtime going back to 2009.

"For them to know that they can do it now . . ." Tierney said. "You can't tell them they can do it, it's something that you have to experience."

Varn made sure it would be a happy experience after the Pride (2-2) cleared the ball out of its zone in overtime. Rielly (East Northport) made a move on the net and passed to Varn, who fired from about 12 yards on the left side, past goalie Jake Haley.

"It felt great," Varn said. "It shows the character of our team. We did have a nice lead, a 6-1 lead. They came back. But we kept fighting. The game wasn't over. We were fortunate to tie it. The last goal, it's all credit to the defense."

And to Rielly as well. He made an adjustment from his shooting in the Princeton loss. "He forced Georgetown to rotate," Tierney said of Rielly's pass to Varn. "That's his bread and butter right there."

The Hoyas scored the first goal before the Pride's Drew Coholan and Sam Llinares (Hauppauge) both scored for a 2-1 Hofstra lead. Korey Hendrickson (Farmingdale) scored a man-up goal just 14 seconds into the second to make it 3-1 before Davis scored a man-up goal. He added his fifth and sixth of the year at even strength over the next 2:05 to give the Pride a 6-1 lead.

Then Hofstra went silent on attack, failing to find the back of the net for 22:10, until Lance Yapor's goal at 11:22 of the third.

Meanwhile, the Hoyas (2-2) kept pecking away and took an 8-7 edge on Bo Stafford's second goal of the game at 7:20 of the fourth.

"I don't know if it is explainable," Tierney said. "It's momentum. It happens in every game.

"It's a human instinct to relax a bit when you're up by a bunch . . . And when you're down 6-1, you start to fight like a caged animal and you claw your way back in."

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