March 4, 2011

No. 5 Hofstra Entertains Harvard

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The fifth-ranked Hofstra men's lacrosse team returns to action this Saturday, March 5 when they host the Crimson of Harvard at James M. Shuart Stadium. Game time for the contest presented by the Herald Community Newspapers is 1 p.m.

The Pride, who are 3-0 for the first time since 1997 when they opened with five consecutive victories, are coming off an 11-9 victory over then-eighth ranked Princeton at Shuart Stadium last Saturday. Hofstra bounced back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 9-6 lead at halftime. Senior Jamie Lincoln, who was named the CAA Player of the Week for his performance against the Tigers, led the Pride with four goals. Classmates Steven Bentz added three goals and Jay Card chipped in with one goal and two assists. Sophomore midfielder John Antoniades won 16 of 22 face-offs to give the Pride a leg up in the game. Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden made six saves including two big ones in the fourth quarter.

Hofstra, which climbed two places in both the USILA Division I Coaches Poll as well as the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week, moved to fifth in the USILA Poll and sixth in the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Poll. It equals the highest Pride rankings since the 2009 season.

The Pride is led in scoring by graduate-student midfielder Steve Serling, who has tallied three goals and six assists in three games. Bentz has posted seven goals and one assist while Lincoln (6g, 0a) and Card (3g, 3a) each have six points. Senior defensive middie Steven DeNapoli, who picked up seven ground balls against Princeton, leads the team with 16 ground balls. Antoniades, who has won 31 of 45 face-offs (.689), ranks 10th in face-off winning percentage. Gvozden ranks 11th in Division I with a 6.00 goals against average.

Hofstra will be facing Harvard for the 18th time in school history but only the third meeting since 1997. The series stands tied at 8-8-1. The two programs last met during the 2006 season with the Pride recording a 13-6 over then-#16 Harvard at Shuart Stadium. The Crimson's last win over the Pride came in 1996 at Cornell in the NCAA Championships first round, 15-12

Harvard comes into Saturday's contest with a 1-0 record following their 9-7 victory over Canisius in Cambridge, Massachusetts last Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Jack Doyle and senior attackman Dean Gibbons scored less than 90 seconds apart late in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie and give the Crimson the victory. Gibbons scored three goals in the contest while junior midfielder Terry White added two goals to lead Harvard. Sophomore goalie Harry Krieger made nine saves in the win over Canisius.

Following the Harvard game on Saturday, the Pride will host their fourth home game of the young season on Sunday, March 13 against Air Force at noon.

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