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posted 04.04.2011 at 7.40 p.m. by Gary Lambrecht

Hofstra Knocked Down By Injuries, But Pride Far From Out

The Hofstra Pride has lost midfielders Steve Serling, Drew Coholan and Dan Pezzolla to season-ending injuries, but as it showed while running past Towson in an impressive, 12-5 road victory on Saturday, the Pride keeps moving on.

It helps to have one of the more balanced, dynamic attacks in the game. Saturday, it helped No. 6 Hofstra (8-1, 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) to have senior Jamie Lincoln, who was the team's Canadian of the Day against Towson with five goals, which he produced while covering minimal ground.

Lincoln, who teams with fellow Canadian senior Jay Card and senior Stephen Bentz, killed the Tigers with several in-close, catch-and-shoot scores and a gorgeous put-back scoop shot after a Travis Love save. Lincoln created his last goal in the fourth quarter by roll dodging past Towson defensive midfielder Kevin Lalley for a layup.

"It's not a beauty contest. Jamie's got a great lacrosse IQ," Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said. "He's been around this game a long time. He's in the right place at the right time."

Lincoln, who leads the team with 19 goals, scored twice in the third quarter, when the Pride blew open a 3-3 game with a 6-0 run. "That was probably the easiest five I've ever had," Lincoln said.

Lincoln, Card (16 goals, 11 assists) and Bentz (16 goals, seven assists) also have had a calming effect on Hofstra's ever-changing, injury-riddled midfield.

Junior Kevin Ford and sophomore Ian Braddish have played well after moving to the first line in place of Serling (lacerated spleen) and Coholan (shoulder). Braddish, a North Carolina transfer, looked extremely comfortable with one goal and two assists at Towson. He fed Lincoln for a goal.

"You play with kids like Jamie and Jay, it's easy," said Braddish, who has eight goals and five assists. "If you find them, they're going to put the ball away."