Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Pride return to Colonial Athletic Association action this Saturday, March 30 when they travel to Maryland to face the Towson Tigers at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The contest will be aired on WRHU (88.7 FM) and can also be heard on www.GoHofstra.com.
The Pride (6-3, 1-1), who slipped to 15th in the USILA Division I Coaches Poll and 16th in the Nike-Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week, are coming off an 11-9 victory over Dartmouth, that snapped a two-game losing skid, this past Tuesday at Shuart Stadium.
The Pride led 10-4 in the third quarter and then staved off a late Dartmouth rally to post their sixth win of the season. Hofstra senior Adrian Sorichetti recorded two goals and two assists, junior Torin Varn added three goals for his fourth hat-trick of the year, and freshman Sam Llinares notched two goals to lead the Pride. Junior Drew Coholan and sophomore Mike Malave each tallied a goal and an assist while senior Ryan O’Leary notched two assists in his first start on attack for the Pride. Sophomore goalie Chris Selva recorded his fourth consecutive game with double-digit saves, making 14 saves including nine in the second half.
The Pride, who entered the week leading the nation in scoring defense allowing only 6.89 goals per game while having the fewest turnovers in the country at 12.33 per contest, are averaging 9.11 goals per game. Hofstra is also taking advantage of their special teams units, ranking ninth in the country in man-down situations allowing just 10 goals in 37 attempts (.270) and 11th on the man-up, scoring in 17 of 38 opportunities (.447).
Hofstra is led in points by Sam Llinares with 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points. He has an nine-game point scoring streak. Junior Torin Varn leads the team and ranks 14th in the nation in goals with 23 and has a 10-game goal scoring streak dating back to last season. Senior Adrian Sorichetti, who saw his nine-game point scoring streak snapped at nine against Drexel on March 23, has 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points. Junior Drew Coholan has career-highs of nine goals and five assists while sophomore Mike Malave has added eight goals and two assists. Junior Lance Yapor, who has missed the last three games with an injury, has four goals and five assists. Senior midfielder John Antoniades leads the team in ground balls with 46 and has won 83 of 162 face-offs for a .512 winning percentage.
Sophomore long-stick midfielder Ryan Rielly has picked up 26 ground balls while graduate-student Mark Mullen anchors the close defense with 12 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Selva, who ranks second in the nation in goals against average and save percentage with a 6.78 GAA and a .615 save percentage.
Saturday’s game is the 44th men’s lacrosse meeting between Hofstra and Towson in a series that started in 1961. Hofstra holds a 24-19 series lead and has won four of the last five and six of the last eight contests. The two teams last met on March 31, 2012 in Hempstead with the Tigers posting a 10-9 double-overtime victory over the Pride on a man-up goal by Justin Mabus.
The Tigers of Towson enter Saturday’s game with a 5-5 overall record and a 1-0 slate in the CAA. The Tigers have wins over Mercer (9-8 in OT), Mt. St. Mary’s (13-5), Navy (8-7), UMBC (12-9) and, most recently, Delaware, 7-6 in overtime on Friday, March 22. Their losses have come against High Point (9-7), Johns Hopkins (12-6), Loyola (14-9), Marist (10-9 in OT) and Duke (12-9).
Towson, which averages 8.40 goals per game and allows 9.20 per contest, is led in scoring by junior Thomas DeNapoli with 27 goals and eight assists. Sophomore Cory Dobyns has added 17 goals and two assists while junior Andrew Hodgson has posted 13 goals and six assists. Sophomore Greg Cuccinello has chipped in with nine goals and four assists while junior Robby Zoppo has notched five goals and seven assists. Junior Jordan Fortmann is tied, with Hodgson, for the team lead with 25 ground balls and also has a team-high 12 caused turnovers. Senior Andrew Wescavage has a 9.06 goals against average and a .591 save percentage with 133 saves.