Late Surge Not Enough; No. 2 Irish Edged by No. 15 Hofstra

NOTRE DAME, Ind. A late surge from No. 2 Notre Dame fell short, and No. 15 Hofstra prevailed with an 8-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.

The game was tied, 4-4, at halftime and Notre Dame (3-1) opened the second-half scoring on a goal from senior midfielder Tyler Kimball midway through the third quarter.

Hofstra (4-1) responded with four unanswered tallies to claim a three-goal lead (8-5) by the 9:55 mark of the fourth quarter. Adrian Sorichetti began the surge with 3:39 left in the third quarter and his teammate Mike Malave scored just over a minute later to give the Pride a 6-5 lead by the end of the third period.

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

The Hofstra run continued with goals from Tyler Begley and Sam Llinares early in the fourth quarter.

Notre Dame's Conor Doyle scored his third goal of the afternoon with 3:34 left to make it a two-goal contest (8-6). The three goals matched a career high for the sophomore attackman. Irish senior attackman Sean Rogers sliced the Pride lead to one (8-7) with 36 seconds remaining. Notre Dame had the game's final possession, but the Irish were not able to score.

"We execute great at the end of game situations," Corrigan said. "Our guys had poise and there was no quit in them. They are competitive right until the last whistle. That's what they've done all year and that's who they are, but we can't keep putting ourselves in that situation."

Doyle opened the game's scoring just over two minutes into the contest. Hofstra answered back with two goals from Torin Varn and another tally from Brian von Bargen to grab a 3-1 lead by the 5:23 mark of the first quarter.

The Fighting Irish responded with three straight goals of their own. Doyle started the run with 28 seconds left in the opening quarter. Sophomore midfielder Nick Ossello tied the game (3-3) and junior midfielder Jim Marlatt put the Irish back on top (4-3) with 5:30 left in the first half.

Hofstra's Lance Yapor scored with 2:37 on the clock to make it a 4-4 game at the intermission.

Notre Dame outshot Hofstra 37-33 in the game. Irish senior John Kemp made 11 saves in goal, while his counterpart Chris Selva also had 11 stops. The Pride won the faceoff battle, 12-6. Hofstra was 0 for 2 in man-up chances, while Notre Dame was 0 for 1.

"We didn't shoot the ball well from the outside today," Corrigan said. "That allowed them (Hofstra) to stay tight (defensively). We were impatient. If we would have been patient, we could have gotten opportunities."

The Fighting Irish return to action next Saturday against No. 10 Denver at the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic in Denver, Colo. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (MT) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The contest can be seen live on ESPN3.

2013-03-09



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