HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Harvard men’s lacrosse team could not withstand a strong second-half surge by Hofstra on Saturday as the Pride earned a 10-5 victory over the Crimson.
Daniel Eipp and Devin Dwyer each recorded three points with a pair of goals and an assist apiece. Dwyer has now registered nine points over the last two games and is tied with Alex White, who scored his seventh goal of the season on Saturday, for the team lead in points at 10. Peter Schwartz and Pat Fiorvanti were both credited with one assist.
Harry Krieger made nine saves in goal as Hofstra (3-1) won 12-of-17 face offs. The Pride also capitalized on 3-of-6 extra-man opportunities while Harvard (1-2) went 0-for-4 on the day. The Crimson was able to control possession for much of the first half and outshot Hofstra 39-31 for the game, but put just 11 shots on goal against 19 for the Pride.
Both teams were solid in transition as Harvard completed 13-of-17 clear attempts and Hofstra succeeded on 13-of-16. The Pride won the battle for loose balls, collecting 36 ground balls as the Crimson picked up 28.
Torin Varn scored a game-high three goals to pace Hofstra’s attack while Chris Salva recorded six saves in goal.
Mike Malave scored an early goal to give Hofstra an initial 1-0 lead before Harvard was able to control play at its offensive end for much of the remaining time in the first quarter. The Crimson got off 11 shots with three on goal, but was unable to find the back of the net as the Pride maintained its advantage.
Back-to-back scores by Drew Coholan and Varn gave Hofstra a 3-0 edge with 13:18 remaining in the second. Eipp put the Crimson on the board following a turnover caused by Gabriel Mendola, and after Eipp assisted on a goal by White with 3:03 to play in the quarter Harvard trailed by just one, 3-2. Krieger caused a turnover with 32 seconds on the clock to set up one final offensive opportunity for Harvard, but the Crimson was unable to take advantage and went into the intermission trailing by the same margin.
Devin Dwyer tied the game at 3-3 just 33 seconds into the third quarter. Hofstra, however, ended Harvard’s run with four straight goals of its own to go on top, 7-3, with 3:15 on the clock. The Crimson appeared to have caught a break as Cody Solaja was hit with a 2:00 non-releasable penalty for an illegal body check on White, but a turnover by Harvard resulted in a Sam Llinares goal for an 8-3 Hofstra edge.
The Pride tacked on two more goals in the fourth before Dwyer and Eipp put away their second tallies of the day, bringing the score to the final of 10-5.
Harvard will return to Cambridge next week to host Georgetown Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot