Hofstra 500: Pride Looks for Milestone Victory
from press release
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - One of Hofstra's longest standing lacrosse rivalries gets renewed this Saturday, March 27 when the sixth-ranked Pride travel to face the 18th-ranked Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts at Garber Field in Amherst. Game time is 1 p.m.
The 35th meeting between the two programs in this tightly-contested series takes on new significance this season with the Minutemen's membership in the Colonial Athletic Association. Saturday's game will be the CAA opener for both the Pride and UMass. Ten games in this series, that the Minutemen lead 18-16, have been decided by just one goal, with four decided by two goals and four decided by three goals. Last year, in typical series fashion, current Hofstra junior attackman Jay Card scored with four seconds remaining in regulation to give the Pride an 11-10 victory over UMass at Shuart Stadium on Long Island.
Hofstra (4-1), the CAA preseason favorite, will be looking to extend its 2010 winning streak to five games at UMass Saturday. After dropping their season opener at Princeton, the Pride has reeled off victories over Brown, Johns Hopkins, Sacred Heart and, most recently, St. John's to climb to number six in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. In the process, Hofstra's high-powered offense, which is averaging 14 goals per game through five games, has been complemented by an ever-improving defense that has allowed an average of seven goals per game in its last four contests.
This past Tuesday, the Pride recorded a 2010 defensive best, holding St. John's to four goals, in a 13-4 Hofstra victory. Junior Jamie Lincoln continued his hot hand with four goals and four assists against the Red Storm to bring his nation-leading point total to 30 on 17 goals and 13 assists. Senior Dan Stein tallied two goals as did junior Jay Card and sophomore Brad Loizeaux, who has already tallied seven goals and five assists this season. Card has posted 11 goals and nine assists while junior Stephen Bentz has notched 13 goals and five assists. But the defense had a stellar game on Tuesday as freshman Rob Bellairs (1 save, 2 goals) and sophomore Andrew Gvozden (10 saves, 2 goals) combined to stop the Red Storm. Bellairs, who was injured in the contest, returned to practice on Thursday.
Massachusetts (5-2), ranked 18th by the USILA and 19th by Inside Lacrosse, is coming off an 11-10 victory at Brown on Tuesday. The Minutemen have won their last two outings and three of their last four contests. UMass has defeated Sacred Heart (15-12), Hartford (20-10), Albany (11-6) and Providence (17-3) in addition to Brown. Their losses have come against Yale (13-12) and Harvard (14-13).
The Minutemen have similar numbers to the Pride, averaging 14.14 goals per game and allowing 9.71. Sophomore Art Kell leads UMass in scoring with 18 goals and 11 assists while senior Bobby Hayes and freshman Will Manny have added 13 goals and eight assists each. Long Beach, New York native Tim McCormack, a sophomore, minds the UMass cage and has posted a 9.74 goals against average and a .508 goals against average.
With a victory on Saturday, Hofstra will become just the 14th Division I member to record 500 victories in the history of its men's lacrosse program. Other schools that have reached the milestone include: Johns Hopkins (896); Syracuse (798); Navy (743); Hobart (722); Maryland (709); Army (708); Cornell (671); Princeton (646); Rutgers (556); Virginia (553); Harvard (537); Yale (536), and Lehigh (517).
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