The more the rain intensified, the more fluid and precise Hofstra's offense became.
Jamie Lincoln netted five goals and Mike DeNapoli, Stephen Bentz and Jay Card chipped in two goals apiece to lead the 10th-ranked Pride to a 14-6 men's lacrosse upset of No. 7 Johns Hopkins last night at James M. Shuart Stadium.
"We played both ends of the field for, really, the first time this year. And that's important," Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said. "We took a step today as a team."
The contest likely would have drawn between 4,000 and 6,000 spectators had it not been for the nor'easter that slammed the tri-state area this weekend. But the Pride (2-1) wasted no time putting on a show for the few hundred fans who showed up.
DeNapoli opened the scoring 4:30 into the first period off an assist from Brad Loizeaux. Lincoln gave the Pride a 2-1 edge with 7:16 remaining in the first period.
Play was halted for 14 minutes during the first period after a power outage darkened the field, but it didn't slow Hofstra.
Later in the period, Loizeaux (three assists) again found DeNapoli, who netted his second goal past goalie Steve Burke to give the Pride a 4-1 lead heading into the second period.
Tom Duerr's man-up goal cut the Blue Jays' deficit to 4-2 with 9:40 remaining in the first half, but Adrian Sorichetti responded with a two-man-up goal at 4:54 and Lincoln added another at 3:05 to make it 6-2.
Johns Hopkins (3-1) came out of the break more energized and scored two quick goals to make it 6-4, but Hofstra erupted for six straight goals, effectively putting the game out of reach.
"We were a couple of bad plays away from possibly being 3-0," said Tierney, whose team opened the season with a 17-14 loss at No. 5 Princeton. "We've got to earn some respect. And tonight, I think we earned it. And now it's going to be a tougher job to keep it."
Bentz scored back-to-back third-period goals to give the Pride a 9-4 advantage. Freshman Rob Bellairs had seven saves for Hofstra. Hofstra, which outshot the Blue Jays 19-9 in the second half, came into last night's contest ranked fourth nationally in scoring with a 14.5 goals per game.