March 22, 2011

Hofstra's Serling Out for Season with Lacerated Spleen

by Corey McLaughlin |

Hofstra fifth-year midfielder Steve Serling, who will miss the remainder of the season with a lacerated spleen, will meet with coach Seth Tierney and his family Wednesday to discuss his future with the team.

Hofstra midfielder Steve Serling is out for the season with a lacerated spleen, Pride head coach Seth Tierney said Tuesday.

Serling redshirted at Lafayette in 2009 because of ruptured spleen suffered in a preseason game. The fifth-year senior was reinjured early in the first half of Hofstra’s fourth game of the season March 5 against Harvard. He jumped to take a left-handed shot, met a defenseman in the air, and landed hard on his back. He was taken to the hospital at halftime as a precaution because of the previous injury.

“At first we didn’t think it was as bad as it was going to get,” Tierney said. “The initial reports were that it was just swollen or enlarged. After some more tests, it was a laceration. He needs to take a break.”

Serling, out of the hospital now, and his family will meet Wednesday with Tierney to discuss Serling’s future. It’s unclear if he will use another redshirt year, though Tierney said he would qualify, or if he’ll be cleared to play at all by doctors.

“We’ll discuss options A-to-Z. From will he play contact sports again, to when will he graduate, or what can he do next year? We’ll have to wait a few months to see how his spleen is with the ultrasound tests to see if he’s back to baseline, and we’ll be able to decide a lot more then,” Tierney said.

Tierney said removing the spleen is not likely an option.

“He’s not a professional athlete making millions of dollars to play. It doesn’t make sense to do that just to play 14 lacrosse games and not have a spleen for the rest of his life,” he said. “We’re going to go through all the scenarios.

“I’ve only had a few games with him, but I want to do what’s best for Steve Serling."

Serling is enrolled in a two-year master’s program in finance at Hofstra. The Long Island native transferred from Lafayette in the offseason, following a 2010 season in which he scored 37 goals and was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.

Serling had led the Pride in scoring with nine points through three games before sustaining the injury.

For this season, Tierney said Serling would act as a “player-coach,” at practices, games and other team functions.

Eighth-ranked Hofstra (5-1), which was upset by Delaware, 7-6, in a CAA game Saturday, hosts St. John’s at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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