January 24, 2011

Three Hofstra Players Tabbed in MLL Draft

from press release

BALTIMORE – Hofstra University graduate-student midfielder Steve Serling and senior attackman Jay Card were selected in the second round and senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli picked in the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft at the Power Plant Friday night, the MLL announced.

Serling (Rockville Centre, NY), who graduated from Lafayette College last May and is pursuing a master's degree in finance at Hofstra, was selected with the third pick of the second round by the Denver Outlaws. A USILA All-America honorable mention, the Patriot League's Offense Player of the Year and an All-Patriot League first team selection, Serling started all 14 games and tallied 37 goals and 12 assists for 49 points in 2010.

He ranked first in the Patriot League and ninth in Division I in goals and second in the League and 18th in the country in points. The Long Island native, who played at South Side High School, recorded 72 goals and 24 assists in three seasons with the Leopards of Lafayette.

Card (Caledon, Ontario, Canada), is a two-time USILA All-America honorable mention and a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association, who was selected with the fifth pick of the second round and 11th selection overall by the Long Island Lizards. Card earned the CAA Player of the Year award as a sophomore in 2009 after posting 35 goals and 11 assists. Last year, he was tied for the team lead with 53 points on 31 goals and a team-high 22 assists. He ranked seventh in Division I in points average (4.08), 13th in assists (1.69) and 19th in goals (2.38).

As a freshman in 2008, Card earned CAA Rookie of the Year, All-CAA Rookie Team, and All-CAA second team honors after notching 27 goals and 12 assists. He topped that off by earning All-World Team honors for Team Canada at the 2008 ILF Under-19 World Championships where he recorded 22 goals in seven games to lead Canada to a second place finish. Card has posted 93 goals and 44 assists in 44 games during his three-year Hofstra career.

DeNapoli (Hewlett, NY), who was selected with the sixth pick of the fifth round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, is a three-year letterman and one of the best short-stick middies in the country. A 2009 All-CAA second team selection, he played in all 14 games as a junior last season and tallied four goals and three assists while leading the team in ground balls with 49 and placed second with 13 forced turnovers.

He ranked fifth in the CAA in ground balls. In 2009, he played in 15 games recording four goals, four assists and a team-high 63 ground balls to earn All-CAA second team honors. DeNapoli played in all 16 games as a freshman and was named to the All-CAA Rookie Team. He has picked up 135 ground balls in his three year Pride career.

Serling, Card and DeNapoli become the 16th, 17th and 18th players in Hofstra history to be selected in the MLL Draft. Their selection in the MLL Draft marks the seventh consecutive year and the ninth time in 11 years that the Pride has had at least one student-athlete selected in the MLL Collegiate Draft. In 2006, Hofstra had a single-draft high of five players chosen in the MLL Draft. Their second round selection is also the best since current Pride assistant coach Kevin Unterstein was drafted by the New Jersey Pride in the second round of the 2008 MLL Collegiate Draft.

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