No. 13 Fairfield Scores Only Twice in Falling to Hofstra

No. 13 Fairfield dropped its second consecutive game, falling 9-2 at home to Hofstra. The loss moves the Stags' record to to 2-2 on the year, while the Pride improve to 2-1.

Hofstra scored first when Drew Coholan netted an unassisted score 3:28 into the contest. Just over a minute later the Stags went man-up and 27 seconds after that Sam Snow fed Nick Guida for a man-up goal to tie the score, 1-1.

That would be the score at the end of the first quarter, and it remained tied until midway through the second stanza when Torin Varn scored a man-up goal for the 2-1 Hofstra lead. Sam Llinares scored with 4:20 to play before the break and Hofstra took a 3-1 advantage to the locker room.

Hofstra continued its run in the third quarter, scoring at the 6:22 and 2:56 marks to build a 5-1 advantage. Fairfield ended its drought with a Jordan Greenfield man-up goal, again from Sam Snow, with 55 ticks remaining in the third. Hofstra wasted little time answering, as John Reicherter struck with four seconds left in the period to push the advantage aback to four, 6-2.

Neither team was able to tally a goal for the most of the final quarter. Hofstra scored three times in the final 4:10, the final two goals of the man-up variety.

Jack Murphy took the loss in net for the Stags, stopping 13 shots in the contest. He also had two ground balls. Chris Selva made eight saves to earn the win for Hofstra, to go along with a game-high six ground balls.

Llinaraes and Varn each scored twice for Hofstra, while Lance Yapor had a goal and two assists.

Michael Roe was 8-13 at the face-off X for the Stags, with five ground balls, and Louis DiGiacomo was 0-1. John Antoniades took all of the face-offs for Hofstra and was 6-14. Snow had two assists for Fairfield.

Both teams recorded 26 ground balls in the contest, with Hofstra outshooting Fairfield 40-26. The Stags had 16 turnovers, nine caused by Hofstra, while the Pride committed just eight turnovers, two of which were caused.

The Stags are back in action on Saturday, March 2, when they host UMBC at 1:00 p.m. on Alumni Field.

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Hempstead, NY Seven Pride players scored goals, including two each by junior Torin Varn and freshman Sam Llinares, to lead Hofstra to a 9-2 victory over 13th-ranked Fairfield on Tuesday evening. The Pride improved to 2-1 on the season, while Fairfield slipped to 2-2.

In addition to Varn and Llinares, who also had an assist in the contest, junior Lance Yapor tallied a goal and two assists while classmate Drew Coholan added a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Chris Selva posted eight saves, including five in the second half to record his second win of the season.

The two teams battled through a spirited but even first quarter with each team denting the twine once. Coholan opened the scoring just 3:28 into the game with his second of the season. But the lead was short-lived as the Stags tied the game just 1:30 later as Sam Snow fed Nick Guida for his fifth goal of the season.

Hofstra then went on a four-goal run and took the lead midway through the second quarter as Varn notched his 10th goal of the season at the 7:12 mark, off a pass from Coholan, with Fairfield sophomore Tristan Sperry off for a slash.

Llinares boosted the Pride lead to 3-1 coming around the cage and beating Murphy for his sixth of the season with 4:20 to play in the half. Hofstra and Selva, who made three saves in the half, were helped by the posts in the second as two Stag shots bounced off the pipes.

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