An unranked, winless Georgetown lacrosse team had walked into Shuart Stadium and made itself right at home the previous Saturday, handing Hofstra its first loss, a humbling five-goal setback.
“We didn’t really show up,” Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said.
They really needed to show up this Saturday with a Big Ten team walking into their house. Indeed, the 14th-ranked Pride were there in body and spirit against 20th-ranked, five-win Ohio State. Brian von Bargen scored a career-high three goals and Jack Concannon led a quality effort at the other end with 14 saves in Hofstra’s 8-5 victory.
“A Big Ten team coming in here; a CAA team looked pretty good out there today,” Tierney said.
So Hofstra moved to 4-1 with its second win over a ranked team.
“Definitely losing last week and having a full week to prepare, it really got us going,” von Bargen said. “But the main reason what we were today was because of the little things. Last week, we weren’t that locked in. This week, we really got back to what we do and how Hofstra plays lacrosse.”
Buckeyes coach Nick Myers pointed at the golden work of the sophomore in the gold uniform guarding the net as the main reason Hofstra won — Concannon.
“At the end of the day, their goalie made some big-time stops when I felt like we had some momentum, a chance to make a run or cut it,” Myers said.
Finn Sullivan also stood out on defense, helping hold leading goal scorer Carter Brown to a pointless afternoon.
“I think today’s (group) performance defensively can even be improved on,” Sullivan said.
The Pride led 3-2 at the intermission. Then Sam Llinares fed von Bargen in the middle for a man-up goal 58 seconds into the third. At 4:12 in, Korey Hendrickson scored his second for a 5-2 advantage. Concannon made four saves in a shutout quarter.
Eric Fannell beat him 54 seconds into the fourth. But von Bargen countered with the decisive sixth goal 48 seconds later. The senior middie finished his hat trick with a shot from about 20 yards away.
“The other offensive players, we all move off each other,” von Bargen said. “One day I could go off and one day someone else could go off.”
Syosset’s Ryan Hunter scored his second for Ohio State (5-2), slashing the deficit to 6-4 with 11:06 remaining. But Josh Byrne set up Trevor Kupecky at the left doorstep for a goal with 6:42 on the clock, and Byrne scored his second 1:02 later for a four-goal margin.
Concannon gave up one more but made two stops in the final minute. Now the St. Anthony’s grad from Lindenhurst can look forward to Long Island vs. Long Island, Hofstra at Stony Brook Tuesday night.
“It’s huge,” Concannon said. “Growing up watching Hofstra, watching Stony Brook, two teams from Long Island, as a kid you look up to these programs. I’m on the Hofstra side, so it’s one that I definitely want to get.”