Princeton Holds Off Hofstra, 11-6

Princeton Holds Off Hofstra, 11-6

Princeton Holds Off Hofstra, 11-6

Princeton Holds Off Hofstra, 11-6

The sun came out for the Princeton men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon, though it took a little while longer for it to reach the Tiger defense. In the end, that detail hardly mattered.

One week after three inches of rain fell during the Tigers' men's lacrosse game, Powers Field at Princeton Stadium was bathed in bright sunshine and temperatures that topped 60 degrees. Princeton took full advantage of the perfect conditions, using a six-point day from Tommy Davis and a big second half by Alex Hewit and the defense to defeat Hofstra 11-6 as 3,139 watched.

Princeton head coach Bill Tierney saw his team improve to 2-2 on the season with the win. He is now 220-79 in 21 years as Tiger head coach and 2-0 against his nephew, Hofstra head coach Seth Tierney, whose team fell to 2-2 as well.

The all-time series between Princeton and Hofstra is now tied 11-11.

Hofstra came into the game having defeated Johns Hopkins a week ago, while Princeton was falling to Virginia in the rain 12-10. The Princeton defense, which led Division I in scoring defense a year ago at 6.2 goals per game, had given up 26 in its previous two games, including 14 in a five-goal loss to Hopkins two weeks ago.

Princeton had not allowed double figures in goals in three straight games in the same season since 1988, Tierney's first year with the program, a span of 250 games. Hofstra threatened that mark when it took a 5-4 lead with 3:33 to play in the second quarter, by which time it had five goals and Hewit had two saves.

From there, Princeton threw a blanket on the Pride, who would not score until 55 seconds were left in the game, a span of nearly 33 minutes. By that time, Hewit had made six second half saves without allowing a goal and had already come out of the game as the Tigers had scored seven straight goals to build an 11-5 lead.

While Hewit and the defense were tightening up, Davis and the offense were taking control. Davis would have three goals and three assists, while Alex Haynie tied his career high when he scored three goals, all consecutively in the fourth quarter.

Princeton led 2-0 and 3-1 early, but Hofstra tied it 3-3 with six seconds left in the first on Michael Unterstein's goal. The Pride led 4-3 and 5-4 in the second quarter, but Scott Mackenzie and Jack McBride scored 31 seconds apart late shortly before intermission to make it 6-5 Tigers as the break.

The teams combiend for 11 first-half goals this time after having nine total in the game last year, won 5-4 by Princeton on Davis' goal with eight seconds remaining in the game. This time, he didn't need anything quite so dramatic.

Davis scored the first goal of the third quarter and then assisted on Mark Kovler's second of the game with 51 seconds left in the third as Princeton scored the only two goals of the quarter. Haynie then scored his three straight, off assists from Davis, Bob Schneider and Rich Sgalardi.

Unterstein and Tom Dooley had three points each for Hofstra.

Princeton outshot the Pride 32-20 for the game.

Princeton is at Albany Friday afternoon.

Photos: Tom Simon

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