Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse Team split two scrimmages at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse Saturday, defeating the Dolphins of Le Moyne College, 10-8 in the opener before falling to the Orange of Syracuse, 12-8.
Sophomore Sam Llinares led the Pride with four goals and two assists in the two contests while senior Torin Varn also added four goals. Senior midfielder Drew Coholan posted a goal and two assists while senior Lance Yapor and sophomore Korey Hendrickson each chipped in two goals.
In goal, junior returning starter Chris Selva and sophomore Eddie Collins split the netminding duties with both playing a half in each game. Selva made four of his five saves on the day while in the goal for the first half of the Orange scrimmage. Collins made five of his eight saves in the first half against Le Moyne.
Hofstra, despite the loss of four-year face-off specialist John Antoniades to graduation, excelled at the X in the two scrimmages. The Pride, behind freshman Kris Clarke, won 33 of 45 face-offs in the two contests. Clarke, a product of Chaminade High School, captured 21 of 28 while junior Connor Horl won 10 of 13 and sophomore Giovanni Girardi grabbed two of four.
In the first scrimmage against the Dolphins, the Pride trailed 5-3 at halftime before scoring six times in the third quarter on the way to a 10-8 victory. Steve Romano tied the game at 5-5 in the third and Varn notched the second of his three goals in the period to give the Pride the lead for good. In addition to Varn’s three goals, Llinares added a goal and two assists. Both Clarke and Horl won seven of nine face-offs against the Dolphins.
In the second scrimmage against the 2013 national finalists Syracuse,, the Orange jumped out to a 5-3 lead after one quarter and never looked back on the way to a 12-8 victory over the Pride. Hofstra led 2-1 early after goals by Yapor and Llinares before the Orange scored three unanswered tallies. Llinares tallied three goals and Hendrickson added two for the Pride. Hofstra won 17 of 23 face-offs against Syracuse including a 14-for-19 contest by Clarke.
Hofstra will have two scrimmages, weather-permitting, on Saturday, February 1 at James M. Shuart Stadium prior to its February 15 season and home opener against Marquette. The Pride will scrimmage Rutgers at 10 a.m. and Hobart at 2 p.m. next Saturday with the Scarlet Knights and the Statesmen mixing it up in between at noon.