Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Men's Lacrosse Team is ranked 17th in the 2013 Face-Off Yearbook Division I Preseason Poll, released this week by Inside Lacrosse.

The Pride, who begin their 2013 season on Saturday, February 16 at James M. Shuart Stadium against Sacred Heart University at 1:30 p.m., return 27 players, including seven starters from their 2012 squad that posted a 6-8 record. Leading Hofstra is their top two scorers in senior midfielder Adrian Sorichetti, who tallied 24 goals and a team-high 14 assists in 12 games, and junior attackman Lance Yapor, who posted a team-high 25 goals and 10 assists in 14 games last season. The Pride also return all three starting defenders in graduate-students Mark Mullen and Michael Hamilton and senior Cody Solaja.


The Greyhounds of  Loyola College, who went from unranked in the 2012 preseason poll to national champions, are the top-ranked team in the Face-Off Yearbook 2013 Preseason Poll. Maryland, which fell to Loyola in last year's title game, is second in the poll. The Terps are followed by Notre Dame, Duke and North Carolina.


The Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins start the second five with Cornell seventh, Lehigh eighth, Virginia ninth and Denver 10th. Colgate is 11th and is followed by CAA-rival Massachusetts, Princeton, Syracuse and another CAA team, Penn State at 15. The Fairfield Stags, another Hofstra opponent in 2013, is 16th with the Pride 17th, Bucknell 18th, CAA-foe Drexel at 19 and Yale 20th.

The 2013 Face-Off Yearbook will be on newsstands soon, The 2013 Face-Off Yearbook Division I Preseason Poll, with the Division I coaches' preseason rankings in parentheses, is as follows:

1 - Loyola (1)
2 - Maryland (2)
3 - Notre Dame (4)
4 - Duke (3)
5 - North Carolina (5)
6 - Johns Hopkins (7)
7 - Cornell (15)
8 - Lehigh (13)
9 - Virginia (6)
10 - Denver (8)
11 - Colgate (12)
12 - UMass (9)
13 - Princeton (10)
14 - Syracuse (11)
15 - Penn State (16)
16 - Fairfield (18)
17 - Hofstra (NR)
18 - Bucknell (20)
19 - Drexel (NR)
20 - Yale (14)

OTHER TEAMS RANKED BY THE COACHES: Villanova (No. 17), Ohio State (No. 19)