Brian von Bargen continued his hot scoring run for Hofstra on Saturday, but it was not enough to prevent an upset on the road at Providence.
The Wantagh product had three goals and an assist to notch his second hat trick in three games, but the No. 12 Pride fell to the Friars, 12-7, in a non-conference men’s lacrosse game. Chaminade product Brendan Kearns had three goals and three assists for unranked Providence.
The Pride (4-3) fell into an early hole, trailing 5-1 late in the first quarter, before cutting the deficit to 6-4 at halftime. Hauppauge’s Sam Linares scored at the 8:28 mark to cut the Providence lead to 8-6, but the Friars (4-3) finished the game on a 4-1 run.
Hofstra outshot the hosts, 32-27, but only put 18 shots on goal compared to 19 for Providence. The Friars were also more effective playing with a man advantage, scoring three goals on eight chances while Hofstra was 1-for-7 playing with a man up.
Von Bargen, who had his sixth-straight multi-goal game and has scored eight goals in his last three, opened the scoring at 9:42 in the first quarter, before Providence responded with five consecutive goals (including three with a man advantage).
Hofstra scored three straight goals by the 7:52 mark in the second quarter, with Brendan Kavanagh, Korey Hendrickson and von Bargen doing the damage, before Kearns scored with 5:09 left in the first half.
The two teams scored a goal each in third quarter, and Ward Melville’s Will Mazzone scored with 10:15 left in the game to make it 8-5 Providence. Linares scored an unassisted goal two minutes later to bring Hofstra back within two, but that was as close as the Pride would get.
Providence scored twice in the next 28 seconds, and after Kavanagh pulled a goal back for Hofstra with 7:23 left, the Friars scored two more goals in the final 3:39.
St. Anthony’s Jack Concannon made seven saves for Hofstra, and Tate Boyce made 11 for Providence.
Hofstra hosts Vermont on Tuesday at 7 p.m.