A 12-goal second half by the Hofstra Pride was enough to come from behind to defeat the Fairfied Stags 18-14 on Friday night.
The win snaps a three-game losing skid for the Pride and also keeps their playoff chances alive for the CAA Championship.
The two teams traded goals in the first quarter with Kyle Borda and Trent Moran scoring for Fairfield and James Philbin and Riley Forte getting markers from Hofstra.
Travis Ford would score the go-ahead marker with 15 seconds left in the first to give the Stags a 3-2 lead at the first break.
They would continue to exchange goals in the second quarter until goals from Borda, Travis Ford and two from Dylan Beckwith would stretch Fairfield’s lead to 10-6 after two quarters of play.
Borda would score again early in the third quarter to put the Stags up by four, but then the comeback was on.
Goals from Ryan Sheridan and Michael Altmann would bring Hofstra back within two. Taylor Strough and Dylan Beckwith would restore the four-goal Fairfield advantage.
Hofstra would finish off the third quarter with four unanswered goals to tie the game up 13-13 heading into the final frame. Dylan McIntosh would score a pair of those goals, along with a goal fro Justin Lynskey and Ryan Tierney would tie it up with 12 seconds left.
A Brian Reda goal to open the fourth quarter would knot the game at 14, but after that it was all Hofstra. McIntosh, Philbin and two from Tierney would round out the scoring.
With the 12-goal comeback in the second half, Hofstra is now playing the waiting game to see if they will become the fourth team to qualify for the CAA Championships depending on the outcome of the Towson-Drexel match on Saturday.
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.