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Torin Varn nets two as Hofstra upsets No. 2 Notre Dame

Hofstra attacker Torin Varn scored 5 goals in

Hofstra attacker Torin Varn scored 5 goals in his team's 14-9 win over Sacred Heart in the second half of the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse game at Shuart Stadium. (Feb. 16, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Torin Varn scored two goals and Sam Llinares got the eventual winner early in the fourth quarter as the Hofstra men's lacrosse team held on for an 8-7 upset of No. 2 Notre Dame Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

It was the third straight win for 15th-ranked Hofstra, which earned its biggest win since an 8-7 victory over No. 1 Johns Hopkins in 2008.

Tyler Kimball scored an unassisted goal with 7:40 left in the third period to give Notre Dame (3-1) a 5-4 lead.

But Hofstra (4-1) answered with four straight goals, capped by consecutive unassisted scores from Tyler Begley and Llinares, the latter with 9:55 left in the game to give the Pride an 8-5 lead.

Lance Yapor, Mike Malave, Adrian Sorichetti and Brian von Bargen all scored for Hofstra.

Conor Doyle had three goals to lead Notre Dame.

Hofstra coach Seth Tierney was impressed with his team's poise on the road.

"It's not an easy task to do, but the team showed something today . . . consistency," Tierney said. "But now this is when a team goes from the hunter to the hunted a little bit."

In addition to an important road win, Hofstra also got a little redemption. The Pride fell, 6-5, in overtime to the Fighting Irish last season.

"We did bring up last year's game a little bit," Tierney said. "But this is a new team and a new year."

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