Byrne, Hofstra's New Star, Looks Like 'Next Mark Matthews'

By Gary Lambrecht

Hofstra junior attackman Josh Byrne has seemingly come out of nowhere, while suddenly emerging as one of the more striking scorers in collegiate lacrosse.

And it's safe to say the native of New Westminster, British Columbia, who spent two years playing at the community college level in New York before joining the Pride this year, is no longer anonymous.

Not after Byrne dropped four goals and two assists to push then-unranked Hofstra to a 10-5 upset over North Carolina in the Pride's season opener. Not after he followed that with a five-goal show he ended in overtime by ripping an eight-yard shot past Princeton goalie Tyler Blaisdell. Not after his team-high 12 goals had left the ninth-ranked Pride with a 3-0 record this week.

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