Hempstead, NY - Three Hofstra University men's lacrosse players have been selected in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, the MLL announced Friday night.
Senior midfielders Adrian Sorichetti (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) and John Antoniades (Hauppauge, NY) and graduate-student defenseman Mark Mullen (Harleysville, PA) become the 20th, 21st and 22nd players in Hofstra history to be selected in the MLL Draft. Their selection in the MLL Draft marks the ninth consecutive year and the 11th time in 13 years that the Pride has had at least one student-athlete selected in the MLL Collegiate Draft. In 2006, Hofstra had a single-draft high of five players chosen in the MLL Draft.
Sorichetti, who tallied team-highs of 38 points and 14 assists to go with 24 goals in 2012 for the Pride, was Hofstra's first honoree Friday night. The 2012 All-Colonial Athletic Association first team pick was selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the fifth round with the 35th pick overall. In 2012, Sorichetti ranked sixth in the CAA and 39th in Division I in points per game with a 3.17 mark in 12 games. His goal average (2.0) was fifth in the CAA and 41st in the nation. Sorichetti tallied career-highs of seven goals, three assists and 10 points against St. John's last spring. The seven goals were the most by a Pride player since 2003 while the 10 points were the most since 1989. Sorichetti, who had seven multi-goal games last season, has 45 goals and 21 assists for 66 points in 38 games for Hofstra during his career.
Antoniades, an All-CAA second team selection in 2012, was the Pride's second honoree selected in the sixth round with the 47th overall pick by the New York Lizards. Recognized as one of the top face-off men in the country, he captured 143 of 265 face-offs last season to rank fourth in the CAA and 22nd in Division in face-off winning percentage (.540). He also led the Pride, was second in the CAA and 18th in the country in ground balls per game with 75 for a 5.36 average in 2012. Antoniades picked up 13 ground balls against Delaware and 11 against Saint Joseph's. He also tallied two goals (UMass and St. Joe's) and added one assist in the 14 games last season. As a sophomore in 2011, Antoniades ranked fifth in the country in face-off winning percentage with a .642 mark grabbing 174 of 271 face-offs. That year, he was an All-CAA first team selection and a USILA All-America honorable mention. He is a former CAA All-Rookie selection and has played in 44 games and tallied five goals, seven assists and has won 58 percent of his face-offs during his career.
Mullen, an All-CAA second team selection in 2012, was Hofstra's third and final honoree, selected in the seventh round with the 56th overall pick by the New York Lizards. Mullen, an iron-man for the Pride over the past three seasons, anchored a Hofstra close defense in 2012 that allowed an average of 8.53 goals per game. He started all 14 games, picked up 16 ground balls and led the unit in caused turnovers with 10. He picked up three ground balls against Sacred Heart and two against Princeton, Fairfield, Dartmouth and Massachusetts. Mullen also forced three turnovers against Sacred Heart and two at North Carolina. He has played in 43 career games and picked up 37 ground balls for the Pride during his career. Mullen is also a three-time CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient and a three-year Hofstra Athletics Academic Honor Roll member.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its 13th season in 2013. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. More information about the league can be found at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.