Hempstead, NY – 16th-ranked Brown finally opened its 2010
men’s lacrosse season on Saturday, the last team in the
country to do so, and dropped a hard-fought 15-12 decision to #11
Hofstra at Shuart Stadium.
Hofstra (1-1) broke open a close 12-11 advantage late in the fourth quarter to earn its first win of the season.
In a tightly played first quarter, Brown got on the scoreboard first when senior All-American Thomas Muldoon scored on a feed from sophomore Rob Schlesinger with 1:15 left to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage.
A defensive first quarter opened up into a high scoring second quarter, with the Flying Dutchmen having the better of play. Hofstra scored five of the next six goals scored to grab a 5-2 lead with 7:34 left in half.
Brown senior middie Reade Seligmann got the Bears back into the game with his first goal of the season on a pass from junior David Hawley to cut the Hofstra lead to 5-3 with 5:23 left to play in the half. A late goal by Hofstra’s Mike DeNapoli gave the Dutchmen a 6-3 halftime advantage.
Junior Matt Greenberg and Seligman scored quick goals for the Bears to open the third quarter and cut the Hofstra lead to 6-5. The Flying Dutchmen scored the next three goals to climb ahead by a 9-5 margin, before Muldoon netted his third and fourth goals of the day to get the Bears back into the game, trailing 9-7.
Goal by Hofstra’s Adrian Sorichetti and Brad Loizeaux gave the Flying Dutchmen an 11-7 advantage after three quarters.
Brown came roaring back to score four of the next five goals and trailed, 12-11, on Seligmann’s third goal of the game with 9:23 left on the clock. Hawley scored two goals and freshman Ben Sherman added another in the 4-1 spurt.
But that was as close as the Bears would get as Hofstra took control of the game with three straight goals to build a 15-11 advantage.
Junior Matt Chriss made his first collegiate start in goal for the Bears and made 13 saves. The Bears were out-shot by Hofstra by a 39-30 margin. Hofstra goalie Rob Bellairs registered 12 saves.
Muldoon’s four goals and one assist led the Bears, while Seligmann and Hawley added three goals each. Seligman also distributed a game high four assists.
Hofstra was led by Stephen Bentz with three goals and two assists.
The Bears will their first game at home on Wednesday, March 10, hosting Hartford at Meister-Kavan Field, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Pictured: Reade Seligmann '10. photo by Brian Ballweg.