Jamie Lincoln was a college lacrosse star before he arrived at Hofstra. The native of St. Catherines, Ontario, scored 48 goals in his freshman season for Denver and was an honorable mention All-American.

What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty. As a sophomore, Lincoln played in nine games and had only five goals. He believed the coaches had lost faith in him. It didn't help matters when, Lincoln said, he and some teammates went out after a game and consumed alcohol. Lincoln said he and the others were 21, but all were cited for violating team rules and dismissed. Denver did not disclose the reason for the players' removal.

Lincoln, 24, was given a second chance at Hofstra, and he certainly has made the most of it. He had 33 goals and 20 assists last season and is off to a great start in his senior year.

Lincoln tied his Hofstra high with five goals and added an assist in the Pride's 15-9 victory over Harvard Saturday at Shuart Stadium. Fifth-ranked Hofstra is 4-0, and Lincoln leads the team with 11 goals.

Lincoln had a hat trick in the first period, but Hofstra did not break the game open until the third period, when it scored three straight goals to take a 14-7 lead over Harvard (1-1). Jay Card scored three goals and Ian Braddish two. The other scorers were Stephen Bentz, Kevin Ford, Torin Varn, Brad Loizeaux and Mike DeNapoli.

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After leaving Denver, Lincoln knew he wanted to keep playing. "Being two years into my degree, I didn't think it was worth packing it in,'' he said. "I understand the concept of team rules. Our season was looking downhill. I didn't see eye to eye with [the coaches]. I was used to being out there, and the next year I really wasn't playing. I understand it's a game of change, but when we went back , they had an idea of me doing things I don't do.''

Lincoln was talking about his positioning on the field. "Coach T doesn't make me do anything that puts me out of comfort,'' he said of Seth Tierney. "He puts me in my lefty shooter spot inside where I want to be.''

Tierney said Lincoln has "been wonderful. It's been a great fit. The guys on the team enjoy having him around. He's a talented lacrosse player and has a 3.0 average in the classroom. Today, it was his turn to get five. He's really got a good knack for moving without the ball and seeing plays develop before they do. And he puts himself in positions to be a goal-scorer.''

Notes & quotes:Hofstra midfielder Steve Serling, who had nine points in the first three games, left in the first half with an undisclosed injury. Tierney said he would have to consult with the trainers before commenting on the extent of the injury . . . Harvard freshman John Rose of Locust Valley went down after a hard check in the second period and appeared to suffer concussion-like symptoms. He did not return after halftime and Harvard did not update his condition.