April 1, 2011

No. 10 Hofstra Heading to Towson

from press release

- The 10th-ranked Hofstra Pride return to action this Saturday, April 2 when they travel to Maryland to face the Towson Tigers in a key Colonial Athletic Association contest at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Game time is noon. The game will be televised on ESPN3.com.

Despite victories over St. John's and CAA-foe Drexel last week, the Pride dropped two places in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I Coaches Poll and the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Hofstra slipped to tenth in the coaches poll and eighth in the media poll.

The Pride (7-1, 1-1) is coming off an 11-6 conference victory over the Drexel Dragons at James M. Shuart Stadium last Saturday. After trailing 2-1 late in the first quarter, Hofstra scored six unanswered goals and eight of the next nine to take a commanding 9-3 lead early in the third quarter. Seniors Jay Card and Jaime Lincoln, sophomore Aaron Jones and freshman Torin Varn each scored two goals for Hofstra while sophomore Ian Braddish tallied a goal and two assists. It was the Pride's 13th consecutive home victory.

Hofstra, which averages 9.75 goals per game while allowing 6.38 per outing, is led in scoring by Card with team-highs of 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points. Classmates Jamie Lincoln and Stephen Bentz each have 14 goals and six assists. Junior midfielder Kevin Ford (6-6) and sophomore Ian Braddish (7-3) have also recorded double-digit points with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore John Antoniades, who won 15 of 21 face-offs against Drexel; has now won 90 of 136 (.662) face-offs on the season. Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden has a 7-1 record with a 6.19 goals against average and a .603 save percentage.

The Tigers of Towson enter Saturday's game with a 2-5 overall record and an 0-1 mark in the CAA. The Tigers have wins over Mount St. Mary's (11-3) and Stony Brook (9-8) and losses to Johns Hopkins (10-6), Loyola (3-2), Maryland (8-4), Navy (14-11) and Delaware (8-7).

Towson is coming off the 8-7 CAA loss at Delaware last Saturday. In that contest, the Tigers took a 7-6 lead on a Carl Iacona goal 1:39 into the fourth quarter. But the Blue Hens, who also defeated the Pride by one goal (7-6) on March 19, tied the game two minutes later and won it on an Eric Smith goal with 4:29 to play in regulation. Senior Tim Stratton and sophomore Matt Hughes each tallied two goals and an assist for the Tigers while senior Pat Britton added two goals. Senior goalie Travis Love made eight saves in the Towson cage.

The Tigers, who average 7.14 goals per game and allow an average of 7.71 per contest, are led in scoring by Hushes with 12 goals and four assists for 16 points. Britton has nine goals and two assists while freshman Andrew Hodgson leads the team with six assists and has added three goals. Love, who has played in all but 7:07 in the Towson cage, has a 7.70 goals against average and a .535 save percentage.

Saturday's game is the 42nd men's lacrosse meeting between Hofstra and Towson in a series that started in 1961. Hofstra holds a 23-18 series lead and has won five of the last six encounters. Hofstra and Towson last met on May 1, 2010 in Hempstead with the Pride posting a 12-10 win. The last time the teams met in Towson was April 11, 2009 with the Pride posting an 11-10 victory.

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