It was a tale of two halves for the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team.
In the opening 30 minutes, the Hofstra players admitted they suffered some distractions during the game and they paid the price by trailing by a goal at the intermission. But it didn’t take the Pride long to refocus and play the second half like they’ve played entire the month of March, in a 12-8 victory over host Providence in non-conference action.
“For those guys to take a few halftime adjustments — and mostly the halftime adjustment was just focus — I’m impressed with the young guys,” coach Seth Tierney said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are injured and some of our young guys stepped up today.”
No. 19 Hofstra outscored Providence, 7-2, in the second half en route to their fourth-straight victory, after trailing 6-5 at halftime. Providence fell to 3-5.
“That’s a great feeling having confidence in your offense,” goaltender Jack Concannon said, “and as a defense, I think that’s something we feed off. That energy that they displayed in the second half was something that got us motivated and pushed us to make big stops.”
Jimmy Yanes had three goals and three assists to lead Hofstra, which improves to 4-2 on the season despite playing with injuries at midfield. Ryan Tierney added two goals and two assists and Dylan McIntosh had four goals — including three goals during Hofstra’s 6-1 run in the game’s final 25 minutes.
“When we can share in it, it makes things a little bit easier,” Seth Tierney said. “And then certainly people have to start to prepare for different people.”
Concannon had seven saves and Kyle Gallagher won 16 of 23 faceoffs to help the Pride control the game’s pace.
“I think he’s locking it in and he’s getting into the groove of things and really stepping up his game,” Concannon said of Gallagher. “And that’s something we really need this year.”
It was Hofstra’s first game off Long Island since its season-opening loss at Ohio State February 17 and the players didn’t want to get caught up in the road atmosphere.
“We prepared for that,” Concannon said. “We learned not to say a word, just play, let your actions speak and I think we came in today with that edge and it showed.”
The Pride return home for a Tuesday matchup against Lehigh, as Seth Tierney is happy from what he’s seen from his players taking on larger roles.
“”Yanes stepping up like he did with six points, McIntosh having four and then a couple other guys stepping up while we’re a little bit banged up,” he said, “I like the grittiness of our team.”