September 7, 2010

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Eight Games Highlight Hofstra Sked

from press release

- A 14-game schedule that includes eight home games highlight the 2011 Hofstra Men's Lacrosse schedule, Pride Head Coach Seth Tierney announced Monday.

Hofstra, which will have its earliest regular season opening ever in 2011, begins the season in the friendly confines of James M. Shuart Stadium on Tuesday, February 15 against the Red Raiders of Colgate. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1961.

The Pride, who will open the season with five consecutive non-conference games, will travel to Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday, February 19 before returning home to face NCAA Championship-participant Princeton on Saturday, February 26. It will be the 24th meeting between Hofstra and Princeton in a series that began in 1972.

With NCAA Championship participants Johns Hopkins and Army electing not to have Hofstra on their schedules in 2011, the Tigers are one of two 2010 NCAA tournament teams on the Pride schedule. But 10 of Hofstra's 14 opponents have played in the NCAA Championship, including eight since 2005.

"We are excited about our 2011 schedule," Pride Head Coach Seth Tierney said. "It is a nice blend of new and old rivals. We have played 13 of our 14 opponents in the past with the only exception being new CAA member St. Joseph's University. But we expect they, too, will quickly become a rival with a conference title at stake."

The Pride hit the road to start March, traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to face Harvard on Saturday, March 5. Hofstra returns home to face the Air Force on Sunday, March 13. It will be the first meeting between the Pride and the Falcons since 2001.

The 2011 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season begins on Saturday, March 19 at defending CAA champions, Delaware. The Pride had a thrilling 12-11 victory over the Blue Hens to open the New Meadowlands Stadium in 2010. Hofstra will host Big East opponent St. John's on Tuesday, March 22 before returning to the CAA schedule against Drexel at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday, March 26, and at Towson on Saturday, April 2.

Manhattan College makes its second trip to Long Island to face Hofstra on Tuesday, April 5 before the Pride travel to new CAA-member St. Joseph's University (PA) on Saturday, April 9 and non-conference opponent Fairfield on Saturday, April 16. Hofstra closes the regular season with two CAA home games against Massachusetts on Saturday, April 23, and Penn State on Saturday, April 30.

The top four teams during the CAA regular season will compete in the CAA Championship Tournament on Wednesday, May 4 with the finals scheduled for Saturday, May 7. The 2011 NCAA Championship begins with first round play on the Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Quarterfinals are scheduled for the following weekend (May 21-22) with Hofstra University hosting the Southern Quarterfinal on May 21.

The Northern Quarterfinal will be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The NCAA Championship weekend will be held M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday, May 28 for the semifinals and Monday, May 30 for the championship game.

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