The Hofstra Pride men’s lacrosse team took a heart-breaking 13-5 loss against their in-city rivals, the Stony Brook Seawolves. In every aspect of the game, the Pride was outplayed.
The first quarter really set the tone for the rest of the game. The Seawolves offense came out firing on all cylinders with seven goals, and leading the way was Challen Rogers and Brody Eastwood, each scoring two goals. The Pride struggled to find any kind of offense, even though they went on a two-man advantage just under a minute to go in the first quarter.
“You can never recover from being down seven-nothing,” head coach Seth Tierney said after the game. “Their guys on offense had their way with us on defense. There is no excuse, we didn’t play Hofstra lacrosse today.”
One of the bright spots for the Pride was the reappearance of Sam Llinares’ offense. Llinares didn’t score a goal in the game against Ohio State, but was Hofstra’s offense in the second quarter with two goals. Brian Von Bargen also contributed a goal during the second quarter, but Eastwood achieved a hat-trick with his third goal and kept the Seawolves ahead by five goals going into halftime.
Three goals in the second quarter was the most offense the Pride would see for the rest of the game, as they only scored two goals, one by Korey Hendrickson and one by Von Bargen, in the second half. Stony Brook, on the other hand, had plenty of offense to go around in the second half as they were led to their fifth win of the 2016 campaign by Eastwood (1), Matt Schultz (2), and Alex Corpolongo (2).
Next up for Hofstra will be a trip to Providence, Rhode Island to take on the Providence College Friars. Last season, the Pride hosted the Friars at James M. Shuart Stadium and came away with a 15-4 victory. According to coach Tierney, the team will look for more than just a win.
“We’re looking for more than just a one-game response. You’ve got to respond and remember what happened and you’ve got to continue that mojo going that way.”