May 16, 1996
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Lacrosse Team Upsets Hofstra, Advances in NCAA Division 1

Senior midfielder Pat Marvin scored a career-high six goals and added one assist, as he led Harvard to a 15-12 upset victory over sixth-seeded Hofstra in a first-round NCAA Division I men's lacrosse contest at Cornell University's Schoellkopf Field last Saturday afternoon.

The Crimson (12-2 overall) took a commanding lead early in the contest, outscoring the Flying Dutchmen (9-5 overall) by a 5-2 margin in the first quarter. Two of the five Harvard goals were scored by Marvin at 2:56 and 6:43. However, Hofstra was able to hang tough by recording the final three goals of the second quarter to make it 8-5 heading into the intermission. Marvin checked in with four tallies for the Crimson through the first half and helped Harvard to its largest lead of the contest (8-2) with a tally at 8:50 in the second stanza.

Hofstra cut the Harvard lead to just two points in the third quarter (10-8) as it outscored the Crimson 3-2. Junior midfielder Brian Langtry spearheaded the comeback by the Flying Dutchmen, as he led the squad with four goals, including two consecutive tallies at 5:54 and 6:45 to close out the third.

Hofstra cut the lead to two again at 12:34 of the fourth quarter on a goal by junior attack Anthony Alexander, but Marvin scored an insurance goal at 13:06 of the final period and Harvard held on for the win.

"Pat Marvin is a phenomenal athlete," said Harvard head coach Scott Anderson after the game. "He does so many things on the field for us--offensively and defensively. Today Pat saw some space and went hard to the cage."

Junior netminder Rob Lyng went the distance and recorded 16 saves for the Crimson, while senior goalkeeper Kevin Johnson made 16 saves as well for Hofstra. The Dutchmen outshot the Crimson in the losing effort (42-40).

Harvard had four players score two goals apiece in senior midfielders Chris Wojcik and Mike Marvin and sophomore attacks Jim Bevilacqua and Mike Ferrucci. Alexander and sophomore attack Jared Testa each recorded hat tricks for Hofstra.

Harvard will move on to play third-seeded Virginia on May 19 at Johns Hopkins at 12 noon.


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