March 19, 2010

No. 6 Hofstra Entertains Sacred Heart

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.
- The sixth-ranked Hofstra Pride men’s lacrosse team begins a three-games in an eight day stretch this Saturday, March 20 when they host the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University at James M. Shuart Stadium. Game time for this non-conference match-up is 1 p.m.

The Pride are coming off a 14-6 victory over #7 Johns Hopkins University last Saturday at Shuart Stadium. The victory propelled Hofstra from tenth in the rankings to number six this week. In that Johns Hopkins contest, junior attackman Jamie Lincoln recorded a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists in leading the Pride to victory. The St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada native netted two goals in the first half and three in the second half to top his previous Hofstra best of four set against Princeton on February 27. While his three assists in the contest were a career single-game best for Lincoln, the five goals are one off of tying his career-best of six set at Denver against Quinnipiac in 2008. He now has 10 goals and six assists on the season. For his efforts he was named the CAA and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week.

Hofstra freshman goalie Rob Bellairs (North Massapequa, NY) recorded his second straight victory in the Pride cage Saturday night. He faced 19 shots, recorded seven saves, including three in the first quarter, and allowed a season-low six goals, including two while Hofstra was a man-down. He was named the CAA Rookie of the Week. He now has a 10.40 goals against average on the season.

Lincoln and Bellairs weren’t the only stars for the Pride against Johns Hopkin as junior attackman Jay Card (Caledon, Ontario, Canada) recorded two goals and a career-best four assists and sophomore midfielder Brad Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, NJ) had a goal and a career-best three assists. The four points for Loizeaux are also a career-best. Sophomore midfielder Mike DeNapoli (Lynbrook, NY) tallied two or more goals for the third straight game, posting two goals and adding one assist against the Blue Jays as did junior attackman Stephen Bentz (Massapequa, NY), who posted two goals. Bentz now has seven goals and four assists on the year.

Hofstra’s high-powered attack has now recorded 14 goals or more in three consecutive games for the first time since the 2002 team did it twice, scoring 15 at Notre Dame, 18 at Drexel and 16 against Army, and 17 at Delaware, 19 against Sacred Heart and 14 against Duke. In addition, the Pride’s 42 goals in their first three games is their best offensive start since the 1990 season when Hofstra tallied 17 against Penn State, 15 against Bucknell and 14 against St. John’s. Hofstra currently ranks third in scoring offense in the country.

The Pioneers of Sacred Heart University come into Saturday’s game with a 1-4 record following their 17-7 loss at upstart Jacksonville University last Saturday. Sacred Heart has a win over Presbyterian (13-6) and has losses to Manhattan (12-9), Marist (11-10) and Massachusetts (15-12). The Pride will be playing Jacksonville, Manhattan and UMass later this season.  Hofstra is 8-0 against the Pioneers including a 4-0 mark on Long Island where the Pride has outscored their guests, 70-23. But after last year’s nail-biting 6-5 Hofstra victory in Fairfield, Connecticut, the Pride will not be resting on their laurels this weekend.

Sacred Heart is led in scoring by senior attackman Timmy Katz, who has notched 14 goals and four assists in five games. Senior linemate Jon Flood has added 10 goals and three assists while Evan Morgan, another senior attackman, has added five goals and six assists. Sophomore midfielder Matt Ferrino has chipped in with eight goals. Senior goalie Tom Trgo has recorded a 12.39 goals against average and a .593 save percentage in five games this year.

The Pride, who will end a three-game homestand on Saturday, will travel to St. Johns University on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. before opening their CAA season on Saturday, March 27 at the University of Massachusetts at 1 p.m.


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