By Max Sass, Sports Editor
Sometimes against a dominant offensive lacrosse team, a defense has to pick its poison.
Manhattan did not have a choice Tuesday night as both Jamie Lincoln and Jay Card dominated the first half, scoring hat tricks before giving way to backups in Hofstra's 13–8 win.
"We just moved the ball and played together and a lot of times it just ends in our sticks to finish it," Lincoln said.
Lincoln, a senior attacker coming off of a five-goal performance at Towson, opened the scoring 7:51 into the game. Fellow senior attack Card matched Lincoln's effort, scoring off of a Manhattan failed clear.
"Personally, when it comes to scoring, you want to score early and kind of get some rhythm going, get some good early looks," Lincoln said.
Each member of the senior attack triumvirate tallied a goal in the first quarter, when Stephen Bentz took a fancy underhanded pass from Lincoln and converted.
The Pride finished up the first quarter scoring when Lincoln scored his second goal and third point of the game with six seconds on the clock.
Akapntis saved two shots on Hofstra's extra-man offense, one from Card and one from junior midfielder Kevin Ford, but could not save the third, a shot from the doorstep that was good for Lincoln's third goal of the game.
Another Manhattan penalty, 22 seconds after the goal, allowed the Pride to capitalize once again, as Card fired a rocket from almost 15 yards out for his second goal of the game.
The Jaspers scored two straight goals against the Pride's second-team defense with 7:54 to play in the half. Sophomore attacker Michael Burke ended Manhattan's mini-run when he made the Pride 3-3 on the extra-man offense, beating Akapnitis and staking Hofstra to an 8-2 lead.
Card found his third goal of the game, after senior midfielder Tim Holman threaded a pass to Card a few feet from the net. Senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli fed his cousin, also senior midfielder, Mike DeNapoli to put the Pride up 10-2 heading into the half.
"We'll take transition when we can get it, so it was a huge momentum swing," Steven DeNapoli said.
Braddish opened the second half scoring to put Hofstra up 11-2, but Manhattan matched, scoring on Hofstra's new goalie, sophomore Rob Bellairs.
Sophomore midfielder Adrian Sorichetti scored to close the third quarter with the Pride up by nine before Manhattan scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 12-5.
Senior defender Adam Mojica scored just his second career goal, 13 seconds after the Manhattan goal, to re-extend the Pride's lead to eight. Manhattan scored three goals with less than three minutes remaining, but Hofstra held on with little difficulty to win 13-8.
"I think we got everybody or just about everybody in the game tonight and with that there are going to be some growing pains," Tierney said.
The Pride is next in action when it travels to Philadelphia to face newest CAA member St. Joseph's on Saturday.