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Ryan Tierney's eight goals, three assists power Hofstra men's lacrosse past Stony Brook

Hofstra attacker Ryan Tierney celebrates his eighth goal

Hofstra attacker Ryan Tierney celebrates his eighth goal of the game with teammates during an NCAA men's lacrosse game against Stony Brook at Shuart Stadium on Saturday. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Ryan Tierney had eight goals and three assists and the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team overcame a three-goal third-quarter deficit in a 20-17 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday at Shuart Stadium.

"It must have been a fun game to watch," Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said. "They’re really well-coached — you talk about two neighbors playing stickball in the backyard or playing street hockey, and that’s what it was. It went back and forth and we were fortunate to have the chalk at the end."

Stony Brook led 10-9 at the half before Tierney and James Philbin scored two quick goals early in the third quarter to give Hofstra the lead.

The Seawolves struck back with a three-goal run of their own, including two by Dylan Pallonetti, who finished with five goals and three assists.

Hofstra then scored the next five goals to take the lead for good.

"We took a step today in learning how to manage a game," Seth Tierney said. "Especially in a game that was a little chaotic at times."

Hofstra used its advantage at the faceoff X — especially in the fourth quarter — to control possession in the second half. The Pride won 9 of 11 faceoffs in the final quarter.

"We made some adjustments in the second half, but it was more about us," Tierney said. "We gave up two or three goals on man up because of penalties and there were a couple of defensive lapses where we didn’t slide to people we should have and we had a turnover on a clear. We had a couple of missed possessions — the adjustments were fixing things we thought we could do better."

Goalie Mac Gates made 16 saves and was a big reason the Pride were able to turn it around in the second half.

"Mac made a couple of point- blankers in a flurry at one point where there was a guy wide- open inside," Tierney said. "Plays like that are a necessity in what we’re doing.

Alex Concannon scored four goals and Justin Lynskey added three goals and an assist for Hofstra.

"[Our attack group] has a history together and they have chemistry," Tierney said. "They talk without speaking. Even if their backs are turned, they know where each other are and support each other."

Ryan Tierney’s big day made him the third Hofstra player with 200 career points. He is two goals away from tying the Hofstra career record, and he’ll get his first chance to break it when Hofstra hosts Wagner on Tuesday afternoon.

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