February 20, 2016
Sam Llinares scored half of Hofstra's goals Saturday in a 10-5 upset win at No. 7 North Carolina. (GoHofstra.com)
Sam Llinares scored half of Hofstra's goals Saturday in a 10-5 upset win at No. 7 North Carolina. (GoHofstra.com)

Hofstra's Llinares, Byrne Team Up to Take Down UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Sam Llinares tallied five goals and junior college transfer Josh Byrne added four goals and two assists to lead the Hofstra men's lacrosse team to a 10-5 upset victory over seventh-ranked North Carolina at Fetzer Field Saturday afternoon.

Hofstra recorded its biggest win over a ranked opponent since an 8-7 victory at No. 2 Notre Dame on March 9, 2013. The Tar Heels suffered their biggest margin of defeat in a home game since a 15-10 loss to Virginia in 2012.

The Pride are now 1-0, while North Carolina slips to 2-1 on the young season.

Llinares, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and 2016 CAA Preseason Player of the Year, scored once in each of the first two quarters, twice in the third and once in the fourth. Byrne, the 2015 NJCAA Attackman of the Year out of Nassau Community College, tallied two goals in the first and two in the third to make an impressive Hofstra debut.

The Pride defense held North Carolina to just one goal in each of the first three quarters and two in the fourth. Sophomore goalie Jack Concannon made 11 saves, including six in the fourth quarter.

Hofstra outshot North Carolina 35-25 and picked up 35 ground balls to the Tar Heels' 23.

Goals by junior Tate Jozokos with 5:02 to play in the third and classmate Peyton Klawinski 3:48 into the fourth quarter allowed North Carolina to pull within 9-4. But the Tar Heels never got any closer than that against the surprisingly dominant Pride.

The win marked Hofstra's first over the Tar Heels in 10 seasons, ending a four-game losing streak to the Tar Heels in the series.

Penn State's Tambroni Triumphant in Return to Cornell

In an emotional return for coach Jeff Tambroni to the place where he coached for 10 years, unranked Penn State defeated No. 14 Cornell 8-7.

The Nittany Lions (3-0) built a four-goal lead in the third quarter before the Big Red (0-1) came roaring back in the fourth. Junior midfielder John Edmonds scored two of his three goals as part of a four-goal run that allowed Cornell to tie the game at 7.

But Matt Florence's second goal with 3:49 remaining proved to be the game-winner for Penn State, spoiling a 14-for-19 faceoff performance by Big Red junior Domenic Massimillian. 

UMass Upsets No. 12 Ohio State

A week after scoring a paltry five goals in its opener against Army, UMass (1-1) outscored Ohio State 9-3 in the second half to take down the No 12 Buckeyes 16-9 on the first game on refurbished Garber Field. Buddy Carr scored four goals and Peter Lindley and Gianni Bianchin notched hat tricks for the Minutemen. Faceoffs and saves were about even, but UMass won the ground ball battle 38-24. Ohio State falls to 2-1.

No. 4 Maryland Rebounds in Second Half to Beat High Point

The fourth-ranked Terps trailed 6-4 at halftime of its opener despite owning the majority of possessions — 3-for-16 shooting will do that — but Maryland found a rhythm in the second half and to fuel a 15-10 win. Bryan Cole notched a career-high seven points and freshman Austin Henningsen, a member of the U.S. under-19 men's national team, went 9-for-12 on faceoffs. High Point is 0-3.

No. 20 Harvard Downs Villanova in OT

The Crimson scored four straight fourth-quarter goals to take a 12-9 lead, but Villanova scored three in a span of 20 seconds with less than five minutes to go to force overtime. Sophomore attackman Morgan Cheek scored the OT winner for Harvard in the season-opener for both teams.

Air Force Outlasts Marist in 4OT

Attackman Chris Walsch's fourth goal of the day was the winner in the fourth overtime to give Air Force its first win of the season, 7-6 over Marist (0-1).

Bucknell Improves to 3-0

Sean Doyle scored three goals and had two assists for Bucknell, which outshot Fairfield by a whopping 60-19 margin in a 13-8 win. Much of that possession disparity stemmed from faceoff battle, where freshman Jarett Witzal and sophomore Sam Hahn combined to win 19 of the 25 draws. Bucknell is 3-0 for the first time since 2007. Fairfield is 0-2.

Rutgers Weathers Wild Fourth to Beat Army

After a fast and furious fourth quarter in which the teams combined to score 10 goals in 15 minutes and saw Army surge to a brief one-goal lead, Rutgers got in the last three licks for a 13-11 victory. Redshirt freshman Adam Charalambides score four goals for the Scarlet Knights, who improved to 2-0. Charalambides has 10 goals in Rutgers' first two games. The Scarlet Knights have won two of the last three games in their series with the Black Knights (1-1).

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