March 9, 2013

Hofstra Takes Pride in Upset of No. 2 Notre Dame

by Brian Hartnett | | Live Blog Replay

Adrian Sorichetti started a Hofstra run of four straight second-half goals that gave the Pride an 8-5 lead one minute into the fourth quarter.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It looked like No. 2 Notre Dame was going to do it again.

For the third straight week, the Irish looked poised to make a comeback and force overtime, as junior midfielder Jim Marlatt charged and attempted to score the tying goal with just seconds left.

Just as it had done all day, however, Hofstra's defense answered the call, batting the ball away from Marlatt to secure the 8-7 upset victory for the No. 15 Pride at Arlotta Stadium on Saturday.

The victory over Notre Dame, which is 41-5 at home since the start of the 2006 season, represents a signature win for the Hofstra program, Pride coach Seth Tierney said.

"It's a great win, and please give all the credit to the players, since they did a great job," Tierney said. "This was a gutsy win, to come out to South Bend and just fight it out with the No. 2 team in the country. The guys bought into what Hofstra lacrosse is all about, and I'm really happy for them."

In a game of runs, the Pride (4-1) capitalized on a stretch of four consecutive second-half goals.

Trailing 5-4, Hofstra began the scoring streak at the 3:39 mark of the third quarter, when senior midfielder Adrian Sorichetti ripped a left-handed shot past Notre Dame senior goalie John Kemp. The Pride took the lead a little more than a minute later, when sophomore midfielder Mike Malave scooped the rebound off his own shot and dropped the ball past Kemp.

"It's huge any time you can get an effort goal like that," Tierney said of Malave's goal. "It's like getting a rebound in basketball and following your own shot."

Hofstra added two goals in a minute at the start of the fourth quarter to take an 8-5 advantage. Sophomore attackman Tyler Begley scored the first, while freshman attackman Sam Llinares, the team's second-leading scorer, put his first goal on the board with 9:55 to go.

"[Sam] is a big-time guy, and I'm so glad he's going to be around for three-and-a-half more years," Tierney said. "He doesn't look like a freshman running around out there, and he stuck one left-handed in the corner against one of the best goalies in the country."

Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said his team's offensive struggles allowed the Pride to open up the lead on the Irish (3-1).

"Our execution was not very good at either end of the field in the third quarter," Corrigan said. "I can't think of two really good possessions we had in the entire third quarter. If you're going to give away possessions, you're going to put yourself in a position like we were late in the game."

After a 19-minute scoreless streak, the Irish cut the deficit to two when sophomore attackman Conor Doyle scored his third goal of the game with 3:34 left. Senior attackman Sean Rogers then scored from the edge of the crease with 36 seconds left to make it a one-goal game.

"We execute great in those end-of-game situations," Corrigan said. "Our guys have poise, there's no quit in them, they're competitive right to the last whistle and they make plays."

"This one, you have to enjoy a little bit because this is a really good one."

— Hofstra coach Seth Tierney

Despite the late goals, Notre Dame was not able to complete the comeback, as Marlatt's last-second attempt was knocked away.

"We just didn't handle the ball well," Corrigan said. "We had short possessions, and we played into their hands by having short possessions and not getting much out of them."

Doyle scored the game's first goal, beating Hofstra sophomore goalie Chris Selva at the 12:56 mark of the first quarter. But the Pride responded by scoring the next three goals, with junior attack Torin Varn scoring twice to boost his season total to 16 goals.

The Irish regained the lead with a 3-0 run, but Hofstra junior attack Lance Yapor added the equalizer with 2:37 left in the half.

"We just kept our poise," Tierney said. "We knew this was going to be a one-goal game, since Notre Dame is very well-coached. It comes down to the fact that our defense played really well, and Chris Selva made a couple of big saves."

The Pride, which entered the game second in the nation in scoring defense, held Notre Dame below its scoring average of 11 goals per game. Led by first-year starter Selva, who made 11 saves, Hofstra held Notre Dame's leading scorer, freshman attack Matt Kavanagh, to zero goals on three shots.

"We just made sure we stood on [Kavanagh's] left hand," Tierney said. "He's a hockey guy, we know each other from Long Island and I love the way he plays."

Corrigan said Hofstra did a good job of limiting Kavanagh's looks at goal.

"They just stayed tight," he said. "They always had a guy on him and a guy ready to slide to him."

Tierney said he hopes the momentum from the victory carries over to Hofstra's next game at Delaware, but noted he would let the team savor the win a little more than usual.

"I'm going to let the guys enjoy this one," he said. "This one, you have to enjoy a little bit because this is a really good one."

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