Hempstead, NY - The 20th-ranked Hofstra Pride (7-4) will face their fifth Top 20 opponent of the season and their second Top 5 opponent this Saturday, April 13 when the third-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina (8-3) come to James M. Shuart Stadium.
Game time for the contest presented by Capital One Bank is 7 p.m. The game audio and video will be available on www.GoHofstra.com.
The Pride returned to the Top 20 in the USILA Coaches Poll this week following their 13-1 victory over St. Joseph’s last Saturday in the inaugural HEADstrong Foundation Relentless Cup at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pennsylvania. After a 1-1 score through one quarter, the Pride tallied 12 unanswered goals, including six in the second quarter, to even their Colonial Athletic Association record at 2-2.
Junior Torin Varn recorded four goals and one assist while classmate Drew Coholan and sophomore Tyler Johnston each added two goals and one assist. Sophomore Mike Malave also tallied two goals while senior Adrian Sorichetti and junior Lance Yapor each had a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Chris Selva made 12 saves in almost 57 minutes before being relieved by senior Ryan Brant, who made one stop. The Pride defensive effort in holding the Hawks of St. Joseph’s to just one goal is Hofstra’s best since a 15-1 victory over Lafayette in 1985.
Hofstra (7-4), which takes a break from CAA play this week for its final non-conference tilt of the year against the Tar Heels, ranks first in the nation in defense allowing 6.36 goals per game while averaging 9.18 goals per game on offense.
Hofstra is led in goals and points by junior Torin Varn with 27 goals and 29 points. Freshman Sam Llinares is second with 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points. He is currently on an 11-game point scoring streak. Senior Adrian Sorichetti has posted 12 goals and 10 assists while junior Drew Coholan has chipped in with career-highs of 11 goals and six assists. Sophomore Mike Malave is also in double-figure goals with 10 goals and 13 points. Sophomore goalie Chris Selva, who has recorded seven consecutive games of double-digit saves, has a nation-leading 6.31 goals against average with 122 saves and a .635 save percentage, which ranks second in Division I.
Saturday’s game is the 11th meeting between Hofstra and North Carolina in men’s lacrosse, and the ninth on Long Island, in a series that started in 1978. Hofstra leads the series, 6-4. The Tar Heels won the last meeting, 12-9 in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 14, 2012. UNC also won the last meeting at James M. Shuart Stadium on April 18, 2009, 13-8.
The Tar Heels of North Carolina enter Saturday’s game with an 8-3 overall record. UNC has wins over Air Force (16-8), Fairfield (10-9), Princeton (16-15), Dartmouth (13-5), top-ranked Maryland (10-8), Brown (18-12), Johns Hopkins (11-10 in OT) and Virginia (10-7).Their losses have come against Massachusetts (12-11), Notre Dame (10-9 in OT) and Duke (11-8)
North Carolina, which ranks 11th in country averaging 12.00 goals per game while allowing 9.73 per contest, is led in scoring by senior attackman Marcus Holman with 27 goals and 27 assists for 53 points. He ranks fourth in country in points, seventh in assists and 22nd in goals. Sophomore linemate Joey Sankey has 28 goals and 10 assists while sophomore Jimmy Bitter has added 21 goals and 17 assists. Sophomore midfielder Chad Tutton and senior Davey Emala each have 13 goals. Freshman goalie Kieran Burke has a 9.83 goals against average and a .567 save percentage with 136 saves in the UNC cage.
Several presentations will be made before and during the Pride’s game against North Carolina on Saturday. The Hofstra University Department of Athletics and the Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse program are excited to announce a collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) that will take place during Saturday’s contest against North Carolina.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Wounded Warrior Project for such an exciting day of lacrosse at Hofstra University,” commented Hofstra University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “Wounded Warrior Project is such an important organization and one that we are excited to support. We look forward to fans of Hofstra Lacrosse, and lacrosse fans in general, supporting Wounded Warrior Project while enjoying a great game between two nationally-ranked squads. On behalf of the Hofstra Community, we want to thank all the men and women who have served in the armed forces, both past and present, along with those family members and friends who support them.”
There will be a pre-game Fan Fest presented by Capital One Bank on the grass fields outside of Margiotta Hall. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and will feature live music by Slingshot, Long Island's premiere cover band, as well as the Hofstra Bounce House, a free photo booth for fans, camouflage eye black giveaways, the New York Lizards fastest shot inflatable and giveaways.
Fans who make a donation to benefit WWP will receive a free Hofstra Pride camouflage t-shirt (while supplies last at the Fan Fest event), courtesy of Capital One Bank. Hofstra University is also excited and proud to offer all WWP Alumni and their families complimentary tickets to attend the game.
To purchase tickets to the game, call the Hofstra Athletic Ticket Office at 516-HOF-TIXX (463-8499). The number of t-shirts are limited, so buy your ticket and make your donation today!
In addition, there will be a presentation from the Garvey Family, between the first and second quarters, to the Hofstra University James Garvey Memorial Scholarship Fund for men’s lacrosse. Garvey, who served as Hofstra Director of Athletics from 1987 to 1997, passed away on February 5 in Kentucky while awaiting a heart transplant.
Thanks to the generosity of the Garvey Family, the James V. Garvey Memorial Scholarship has been created. The scholarship will be presented annually to a deserving student-athlete from the men's lacrosse program.
“Jim Garvey played a significant role in the development of the Hofstra University Department of Athletics,” commented Hofstra University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “He had a wonderful career at Hofstra and we are honored and excited that his family has decided to start a scholarship in his name. This scholarship will help to further enhance a University and sport he cared so deeply about.”
Gifts to the James V. Garvey Memorial Scholarship Fund can be sent via check and payable to "Hofstra University" and mailed to: Tim McMahon, Associate Director of Athletics, 207 Mack Sports Complex, 245 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549.
Hofstra will also recognize the Hofstra University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 honorees in a halftime ceremony Saturday after their induction ceremony and dinner earlier in the evening. Seven individuals and two teams will be honored. The Class of 2013 includes: Doug Shanahan, Men’s Lacrosse and Football; Lena Malinowski, Volleyball; Kathleen Mikowski, Women’s Lacrosse; Greg Polli, Baseball; Norman Richardson, Basketball; Lance Schulters, Football; Alicia Smith, Softball and the 1959-60 Men’s Basketball Team and the 1981-82 Women’s Basketball Team. More information on the inductees can be found on www.GoHofstra.com.