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Hofstra falls to 12th-ranked Lehigh in men’s lacrosse

Ryan Tierney takes shot on goal against Monmouth

Ryan Tierney takes shot on goal against Monmouth at Shuart Stadium on March 14. Credit: James Escher

Teams like Lehigh are highly ranked for a reason. They are hard to bury, and harder to beat. The Hofstra men’s lacrosse team had a chance to do both, but came up empty on each account on a cold night at Shuart Stadium Tuesday.

Nineteenth-ranked Hofstra dominated early in the first quarter, staking themselves to a three-goal lead, but struggled the rest of the way as they fell to No. 12 Lehigh, 13-8, in a non-conference game. The loss was Hofstra’s first since Feb. 24 and halted a four-game winning streak.

“Lehigh played really well,” Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said. “They got a chance to play their way and their formula and we couldn’t get them to play our formula.”

Andrew Pettit and Tristan Rai both scored three goals to lead Lehigh (7-2). Brendan Kavanagh scored three times for Hofstra (4-3). Ryan Tierney had seven assists, two off the school record set by Joe Masone in 1953 and the most in a game since Kevin Jacobs in 1995.

“My teammates were just shooting the ball well,” Ryan, who is Seth’s son, said. “I wasn’t doing anything special. I was just getting them the ball and they were the one’s shooting it well, placing it into good spots, and blasting it past the goalie.”

Lehigh goalie James Spence and Hofstra’s Jack Concannon each made six saves. Hofstra lost the faceoff battle, 15-9.

The Pride took a 3-0 first quarter lead on goals from Dylan McIntosh, Kavanagh and Jimmy Yanes. But Lehigh responded emphatically — showing why they’re a top-12 team in the country. The Mountain Hawks scored five of the next six goals, including two in the final 2:17 from Rai to take a 5-4 halftime lead.

Hofstra fell behind 8-5 in the third quarter, but fought back to tie the score at 8 after goals from Kavanagh, McIntosh and Yanes. Lehigh broke the tie on a goal from Andrew Eichelberger with nine seconds remaining in the period and took an 9-8 lead into the fourth quarter.

Lehigh scored four more times in the fourth.

“Anytime a team scores with a minute left in a quarter or a half, it’s really a momentum killer because that’s when you try to get your biggest stop,” Ryan Tierney said.

Parrella, Mattera lift Hofstra women. Sophomore Alyssa Parrella scored five goals and Alexa Mattera had four goals and an assist to lead Hofstra to a 17-8 win over Columbia in a non-conference women’s lacrosse game at Shuart Stadium. The Pride (4-4) also got a boost from Maddie Fields, who made nine saves on 14 shots on goal. With Sal Cacciatore

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