HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Dave Donatello and Dom DiNardo scored three goals apiece to lead Hofstra (3-4) over second-ranked Towson State, 10-9, yesterday.
It was Towson's first loss since North Carolina beat the Tigers, 18-13, in last year's NCAA championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Steve Carcaterra's man-down goal 38 seconds into the third quarter tied the game, 7-7, but Donatello and DiNardo scored a goal each to give the Flying Dutchmen a 9-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Carcaterra's second goal brought Towson (6-1) to within 9-8 with 13:23 left, but the Tigers' comeback attempt was hampered by the loss of John Blatchley. The senior attackman missed the final quarter after aggravating a rib injury he suffered against C.W. Post two weeks ago.
DiNardo scored with 4:07 left to give Hofstra a two-goal lead. Don Connolly scored Towson's final goal with 1:49 remaining.
Lindsay Dixon, Stewart Crotty, Carcaterra and Connolly each scored two goals for the Tigers. Blatchley had three assists, bringing him within 13 of Bob Griebe's school record 133.
In the past five years, Hofstra has defeated Towson three times, all by 10-9.
"Heading into the game, we thought we could beat them," said Hofstra coach John Danowski. "We executed well and stuck to our game plan. We beat the second-ranked team in the country. You can't get much better than that."