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Josh Byrne compiles three goals, two assists as Hofstra improves to 2-0

Josh Byrne #22 of Hofstra University makes a

Josh Byrne #22 of Hofstra University makes a pass during an NCAA Division I men's lacrosse game against visiting Monmouth at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. He tallied three goals and three assists in Hofstra's 11-9 win. Credit: James Escher

Josh Byrne had three goals and two assists, and Alex Moeser and Jimmy Yanes each added two goals to lead the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory at Princeton Saturday.

The Pride improved to 2-0 and the Tigers fell to 2-1.

Byrne posted his second consecutive game with five points or more. Freshman Ryan Tierney added a goal and two assists. Jack Concannon recorded 10 saves.

Princeton was led by freshman Michael Sowers, who had three goals and one assist.

Hofstra got on the scoreboard first at 7:18 of the first quarter when Tierney scored an unassisted tally off a restart at midfield. It was Tierney’s fourth goal of the year and the second consecutive game that he has opened the scoring.

Hofstra took a 4-1 lead into halftime with two goals by Moeser in the second quarter.

The teams split four goals in the third before a flurry of fourth-quarter scoring. Consecutive goals by Sowers in the first 2:29 of the final period closed the gap to 6-5. Hofstra freshman Kyle Gallagher, who won 13 of 21 faceoffs in the game, scored his first career goal to make it 7-5, but the Tigers’ Adam Hardej scored off a bounce shot just 54 seconds later.

Yanes tallied his first of the year with 9:58 left in the game and Princeton’s Gavin McBride scored off a Sowers assist at 7:26 to make it 8-7. Yanes netted his second of the game at the 5:46 mark and Byrne notched his second consecutive hat trick with 1:46 left to give the Pride an 10-7 advantage. Sowers added an unassisted goal 25 seconds later.

Hofstra returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Pride hosts the New Jersey Institute of Technology at James M. Shuart Stadium.

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