February 18, 2011

Ninth-Ranked Pride Takes on Sacred Heart

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, NY - The ninth-ranked Hofstra Pride begin their 2011 regular season road schedule this Saturday, February 19 when they travel to Fairfield, Connecticut to face the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University at Campus Field. Game time is 1 p.m.

Hofstra, ranked ninth in the USILA Division I Coaches Coaches Preseason Poll and 10th in the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Poll, opened its season last Tuesday with a 6-3 victory over Colgate at James M. Shuart Stadium. Six different Pride players scored goals and Hofstra battled against the Raiders' slow-down offensive game plan.

Senior Jay Card tallied a goal and an assist and five of the six starting attackmen and midfielders scored goals. The sixth starter, Steve Serling, assisted on a goal. Seniors Stephen Bentz and Jamie Lincoln, juniors Kevin Ford and Brad Loizeaux, and sophomore Adrian Sorichetti posted goals in addition to Card. Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden made eight saves to record the victory.

Sacred Heart, which opens its season on Saturday, lost each of its top four scorers to graduation from a year ago, but return 29 letterwinners including three starters. The Pioneers, who were 4-11 last season, return junior Matt Ferrino and sophomore Bryan Badolato to lead the offensive attack. Badolato earned a spot on the Northeast Conference All-Rookie team a year ago after scoring eight goals and adding three assists. Ferrino is the top returning goal scorer, as he found the back of the net 10 times in 2010. The Pioneers return a pair of veterans who did not see a lot of action last season. Senior defender Tim Lewis, who played and started in each of the first five games, returns to the Sacred Heart back line and was named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason NEC Team. Between the pipes, senior Zach Frank returns after spending much of 2010 as the second string goalie. In 2009, Frank totaled 168 saves and a 10.27 goals against average.

Saturday's game will be the 10th meeting between Hofstra and Sacred Heart in a series that began in 2002. The Pride own a 9-0 series advantage against the Pioneers. But four of the nine games have been decided by two goals or less including the last time the two teams played in Connecticut in 2009, 6-5. Hofstra and Sacred Heart met last season at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead with Bentz scoring five times, Card recording four goals and three assists, and Lincoln adding three goals and three assists in a 14-6 Pride victory.

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