Hempstead, NY – Just days before the Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse season opener against Marquette University at James M. Shuart Stadium, Pride senior midfielder Anthony Zappone begins the new season with two huge honors on his resume.

Zappone, a short-stick defensive middie from Ballston Lake, NY who will serve as one of the two team captains along with classmate Torin Varn, was also selected as the Nick Colleluori Memorial Award recipient and will wear the late Hofstra student-athlete’s uniform number 27 in 2014.

Since 2010, the Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse program has selected one senior player, who embodies Nick Colleluori’s relentless attitude and spirit. Colleluori, who was a three-sport athlete and graduated from Ridley High School in June 2004, joined the Hofstra Pride Lacrosse team the next fall. With hard work and determination, Nick earned a role on the Hofstra team the spring of his freshman year. Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in September, which started a courageous 14-month battle with cancer. He lost his battle to cancer on November 28th, 2006.

During his illness, Nick not only battled cancer physically, but also mentally. He reached out to others with the same illness and counseled them to have the same positive outlook that Nick always possessed. It was Nick's hope and dream in his waning days and weeks to begin the HEADstrong Foundation, to help those who had been diagnosed with blood cancers, as well as put an end to this horrible disease.   

Zappone played in all 14 games last season and recorded career-highs in assists with one, ground balls with 23 and forced turnovers with seven as a junior. Zappone scooped up a career-best three ground balls in games against Harvard, Dartmouth and Saint Joseph’s. He also forced two turnovers, also a career-best, against Fairfield and Delaware. Zappone’s lone assist and first point of his career came in a triple-overtime thriller against Drexel last March.

Zappone follows previous Colleluori Memorial Award recipients, Adam Swarsen in 2010, Steve DeNapoli in 2011, Cole Koesterer in 2012 and John Antoniades last season.

Hofstra begins its 2014 season this Saturday, February 15 when the Pride host the Golden Eagles of Marquette University. Game time at James M. Shuart Stadium is Noon.