No. 13 Princeton Opens Season with Victory at No. 20 Hofstra

Hempstead, NY Pride junior Torin Varn scored a game-high four goals, but the Tigers scored five unanswered goals over a 15 minute period in the first half to erase a two goal deficit as 13th-ranked Princeton defeated No. 20 Hofstra, 10-7 at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Pride had their record evened at 1-1 while the Tigers are 1-0.

Varn, who tallied five goals in the Hofstra season opener last week, added four more today to give him nine for the season. Junior Drew Coholan scored his first of the season, sophomore Mike Malave notched his second of the year and freshman Sam Llinares posted his fifth of the season to go along with two assists for Hofstra. Pride goalie Chris Selva assisted on Varn's second goal of the game early in the third quarter. Selva made eight saves in the Hofstra goal.

Princeton was led by freshman Ryan Ambler with a goal and three assists and sophomore Mike MacDonald with three goals. Senior Jeff Froccaro and sophomore Tom Schreiber each had two goals and one assist while Kip Orban added two goals for the Tigers. Freshman goalie Matt O'Connor made six saves for his first collegiate victory.

After MacDonald opened the scoring with an unassisted tally 2:15 into the contest, the Pride scored three unanswered goals, with Malave, Llinares and Varn scoring within a span almost seven minutes in the first for a 3-1 lead.

But the Tigers went on a 5-0 run to close out the first half to take a 6-3 lead-a lead they would not relinquish- at the intermission. MacDonald opened the spurt with his second of the game with 1:23 to play in the first. Schreiber tied the contest just 1:41 into the second quarter before Ryan Ambler scored the Tiger's fourth unassisted goal of the game with 8:55 to play to give Princeton a 4-3 advantage. Ambler would then assist on the next two goals, MacDonald's third of the game with 5:27 to play in the second and Jeff Froccaro's first of the year with 1:25 left in the half to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead at the break. Princeton outshot the Pride, 12-3 in the second quarter to open up the lead.

Hofstra made a run at Princeton in the third, scoring three of the first four goals as Varn notched his second of the game, off a pass from Selva, who carried the ball down the field and found the junior in front of the Tiger cage just 1:10 into the second half. Orban put the Princeton lead back to three at 7-4 off a pass from Froccaro just 1:02 later before Coholan scored off a pass from Lance Yapor and Varn completed his second hat-trick of the year, from Llinares with 4:51 to play to close to 7-6.

But Froccaro scored the only man-up goal of the game, from Schreiber, 2:58 into the fourth quarter and Orban notched his second from Ambler almost two minutes later to boost the lead to 9-6. Varn scored his fourth, from Llinares, with 5:04 to play for Hofstra to close to 9-7. But Schreiber scored off a pass from face-off specialist Bobby Lucas just nine seconds later to close out the scoring.

The Tigers outshot the Pride in the game, 38-33 and picked up 30 ground balls to Hofstra's 23. Princeton, which has now won two consecutive games over the Pride and five of the last seven, takes a 14-13 lead in the series.

Hofstra returns to action on Tuesday, February 26 when they travel to Connecticut to face 15th-ranked Fairfield at 4:00 p.m.

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Chris Bates looked to his left and saw a freshman and to his right and saw a freshman and then laughed. "We loved the guys who graduated," Bates said. "We also love the guys we have now."

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