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Hofstra falls in finale, but makes CAA tourney

Hofstra's Jimmy Yanes drives from behind the net

Hofstra's Jimmy Yanes drives from behind the net against Stony Brook during the first half at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Hofstra’s men’s lacrosse team lost its CAA final but got the help it needed to secure a berth in next weekend’s conference tournament.

The Pride was beaten by 20th-ranked Massachusetts, 14-6, Friday night in Amherst, in the CAA regular-season finale.

The loss left Hofstra with a 2-3 league record, 6-7 overall. But the Pride earned one of four berths in the CAA Tournament when Delaware defeated Drexel on Friday night. Pairings have not been determined.

Jimmy Yanes scored two goals for Hofstra, which has lost three of its last four games. Ryan Tierney, Dylan Alderman, Alex Moeser and Dylan McIntosh each had a goal and an assist. Jack Concannon, named this week one of 25 Tewaaraton nominees, made 10 saves.

But the Minutemen, who clinched the No. 1 CAA Tournament seed and home advantage at 5-0 (10-4 overall), scored 10 straight goals to erase an early 3-2 deficit. UMass was led by Buddy Carr with three goals and one assist, Billy Philpott with three goals, Chris Connolly with two goals and two assists and Jeff Trainor with three assists. Goalie Sean Sconone (East Islip) recorded 14 saves, including eight in the second half.

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