Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Pride take to the road for the first time in the 2013 regular season on Tuesday, February 26 when they travel north to Connecticut to face the 13th-ranked Stags of Fairfield at Alumni Field. Game time is 4 p.m.
The game can be heard live on WRHU-FM (88.7) with Mike Sullivan and Julian Coltre describing the action. The contest will also be streamed live in the PRIDE ZONE on www.GoHofstra.com.
After opening the season with a 14-9 victory over Sacred Heart at James M. Shuart Stadium on February 16, the Pride dropped a 10-7 decision to 13th-ranked Princeton at home this past Saturday. Hofstra jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter only to see the Tigers score five unanswered goals late in the first and second quarters to build a lead they would not relinquish. The Pride closed to within one at 7-6 in the third quarter but the Tigers responded with consecutive goals and Hofstra never got closer. Junior attackman Torin Varn scored a goal in each quarter to lead the Pride while freshman linemate Sam Llinares added a goal and two assists. Junior Drew Coholan scored his first goal of the year after missing most of the last two seasons with injuries. Sophomore Mike Malave scored the other Hofstra goal. Pride sophomore goalie Chris Selva record eight saved in the contest and also assisted on a Varn goal in the third quarter.
The Pride, who fell out of the top 20 this week in both the USILA Coaches and the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Media polls this week, are led by Varn with nine goals. The Ithaca, New York native has already surpassed his single-season career high number in goals in just two games this season. He topped his total of eight from 2012.
Llinares is second in scoring with five goals and three assists while senior midfielder Adrian Sorichetti has posted one goal and three assists. Junior Lance Yapor, who led the Pride in goals with 25 last season, has one goal and two assists while sophomore Mike Malave has added two goals. Selva has recorded a 9.50 goals against average and a .513 save percentage while playing all 120 minutes of the first two contests this season.
The Stags of Fairfield, who are 2-1 on the season, are ranked 13th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 14th in the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week following their 10-9 loss at North Carolina this past Saturday. The Stags opened the season with an 8-6 victory over Bryant on February 16 before edging Navy, 10-9 on February 19 at home.
Fairfield, which posted one of the more memorable decisions over the Pride last season-a 10-9 triple overtime win in Shuart Stadium-are averaging 9.0 goals per game and allowing 8.33 per outing.
The Stags are led in scoring by junior attackman Jordan Greenfield with seven goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Sam Snow has tallied seven goals and one assist while sophomore midfielder Colin McLinden leads the team with five assists while also scoring a goal. Sophomore attackman Tristan Sperry has posted three goals and freshman midfielder T.J. Neubauer has chipped in with two goals and two assists. Junior goalie Jack Murphy has recorded an 8.33 goals against average and a .609 save percentage with 39 saves.
Tuesday's game is the fourth meeting between Hofstra and Fairfield. The Pride lead the series, 2-1. The two teams met last on February 28, 2012 in Hempstead with the Stags defeating the Pride in three overtimes, 10-9 on a goal by Brent Adams 1:53 into the third extra period. The two teams met last in Fairfield on April 16, 2011 with the Pride holding on for an 8-7 win. Hofstra and Fairfield first met during the 2002 season with the Pride posting an 11-8 win over the Stags at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Tuesday's game at Fairfield is the second of a three-game-in eight-day stretch that concludes on Saturday, March 2 when the Pride host Harvard at 1 p.m. at Shuart Stadium.