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Jared Thompson | | February 23, 2016

Hofstra named team of the week after stunning Tar Heels

  Hofstra shook up the lacrosse world with a 10-5 upset of No. 5 North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Hofstra stunned then-No. 5 North Carolina in its season opener to take the nod as Team of the Week.

Senior Sam Llinares scored five goals while junior Josh Byrne added four as two assists as the Pride upset the Tar Heels 10-5 in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 20.

The result jumped Hofstra to No. 13 in the Inside Larosse Division I poll this week after not even receiving votes in the previous rankings.

Llinares, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, scored in each quarter as Hofstra jumped on UNC from the start.

Byrne scored off a loose ball 2 ½ minutes into the game. After UNC tied it four minutes later, Hofstra added three unanswered goals and took a 5-2 halftime lead.

The Pride tallied four straight goals to open the third quarter as Byrne and Llinares added two each to take a 9-2 advantage.

Hofstra next hosts Princeton Saturday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. ET.

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