January 21, 2010

Lacrosse Magazine has put the finishing touches on its 2010 college preview issue, which mailed US Lacrosse members the first week of February. LM canvassed rival coaches to give us their anonymous take on the top 10 preseason ranked teams for Division I men's and women's lacrosse.

MD1: 10 UND | 9 Hofstra | 8 UMD | 7 Princeton | 6 Cornell | 5 Hopkins | 4 UNC | 3 UVA | 2 SU | 1 Duke

WD1: 10 Princeton | 9 UND | 8 UVA | 7 SU | 6 Georgetown | 5 Duke | 4 Penn | 3 UNC | 2 UMD | 1 Northwestern


Scouting Report: No. 9 Hofstra (Men)

Hofstra's Jay Card scored 35 goals, including seven game-winners, in 2009. "He's got a lot of confidence right now," Pride head coach Seth Tierney says. Card will be joined by fellow Canadian and Denver transfer Jamie Lincoln on Hofstra's attack in 2010.

© Kevin P. Tucker

HEAD COACH: Seth Tierney
CONFERENCE: CAA
2009 RECORDS: 11-4, 6-0
2010 SCHEDULE: Click Here

WHO'S BACK

A Jay Card (Jr.)
Productive front man had 35g, 9a in ’09. Said Tierney: “He’s got a lot of confidence right now.”
A Kevin Ford (So.)
When the defense collapses on Card and new linemate Jamie Lincoln (see below), Ford (19g, 9a) will be there to keep them honest with his long-range shooting.
G Andrew Gvozden (So.)
Started last year as a freshman and posted a 9-4 record with a .557 save percentage. Could get some competition from freshman Rob Bellairs.
M Steven DeNapoli (Jr.)
Hofstra's unsung hero racked up a team-high 63 GBs in 2009.
D Christian Scuderi (Sr.)
Starting defenseman won a Division II title with NYIT in 2008 and came into his own on the D-I level with the Pride in 2009. He carries that momentum as member of experienced defense.

WHO'S NOT

M Michael Colleluori
Of course, the Colleluori family is never far from the heart of Hofstra lacrosse, but the Pride will also miss his dynamic abilities in the midfield, which undergoes a facelift.
M Anthony Muscarella
Made more happen between the lines than his modest numbers (19g, 9a, 28 GBs) indicate
A Tom Dooley
A quality player, but Lincoln could be considered an upgrade.
FO Joe Montemurro
Who's facing off for Hofstra in Montemurro's place? Texas product Mike Vaccaro was a respectable 50 percent (15-for-30) in relief.

WHO'S NEW

A Jamie Lincoln (Jr.)
Troubled star transferred from Denver after he and teammates were suspended from the Pioneers last year for off-the-field shenanigans. No one's doubting his talents (48 goals as a freshman in 2008), and everyone's waiting to see what kind of magic he can work with Canadian counterpart Card.

X FACTOR

Faceoffs. If Hofstra finds a way to get possessions, its creative attack can take over from there.

RIVAL COACHES' TAKES

"Top talent at all spots returning will be key."

"Could have a great attack if all people return. Transfer Jaime Lincoln could help them, or hurt them if they lose chemistry."

"Good coaching and solid defense can take them a long way. They know how to win close games."

"Jay Card is one of the better players in the country. He has a knack of scoring big goals."

"The addition of the kid from Denver will really help them."

"If they face off well and get good goaltending, it would be one of the better Hofstra teams they’ve had."


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