November 17, 2010

Long Islanders Stay Close to Home at Hofstra

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Hofstra head men's lacrosse coach Seth Tierney announced today the signing of eight scholastic student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse at the University beginning in the Fall of 2011. Included in the eight were seven Long Island natives who decided to stay home and play at Hofstra.

"We are extremely pleased with our recruiting class for the 2012 team," Tierney said. "We are excited with the talent and athleticism of our future student-athletes. We are quite pleased that we are bringing an outstanding student-athlete from North Carolina to Hofstra, and keeping seven of Long Island's best and brightest players at home."

East Islip attackman Ty Begley is a two-time All-Suffolk County selection. He tallied 33 goals and 30 assists for the Redmen last season and has recorded 108 goals and 73 assists since the eighth grade. Begley has been named to the Rising junior and senior all-star teams in Suffolk. The National Honor Society member has earned eight letters in lacrosse, basketball and football at East Islip.

Giuliano Bove will come to Hofstra in 2011 from H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, where he is a two-sport (lacrosse and football) athlete. Bove is a two-sport All-Nassau County selection. He also served as team captain for the Seahawks lacrosse team in 2010 and will serve again in 2011.He also served as football team captain this past season. Bove was selected the Carey lacrosse team Most Valuable Player as a junior in 2010. He is also an All-Academic team selection in lacrosse and football.

Korey Hendrickson is one of two Farmingdale High School products to sign with the Pride for 2011. He was named to the all-county lacrosse team as a junior after recording 32 goals and 20 assists for the county champion Dalers. Hendrickson, who was an all-conference selection as a sophomore, tallied 24 goals and 10 assists in 2009. He was also a member of Farmingdale's conference championship team as a sophomore.

Shoreham-Wading River midfielder Michael Malave is a three-year letterman with the Wildcats. He was named to the all-division team as a junior last season after posting 21 goals and 11 assists for SWR. Malave tallied eight goals and seven assists as a freshman. Another National Honor Society member in the Pride's recruiting class, Malave was the third-ranked long jumper in Suffolk County in 2010.

The sole NLI signee not from Long Island is Charlotte (NC) Country Day School defenseman Thomas Passenant. A member of the Buccaneers' three consecutive North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association State Championships teams in lacrosse, Passenant was named to the All-NCISAA team in 2010. He was named to the CISAA all-conference team as a junior and has been a member of Team Carolina Elite since 2008. A two-sport athlete at Charlotte Country Day School, Passenant was an all-state selection and rushed for over 1,000-yards during the 2010 football season as the Buccaneers captured the NCISAA state championship.

Steve Romano is a three-year midfielder in lacrosse at Massapequa High School. An all-county honorable mention selection as a junior in 2010, he tallied 20 goals and 23 assists for the Chiefs, who were county semifinalists. Romano recorded 10 goals and 10 assists as a sophomore in 2009. Another two-sport athlete in the recruiting class, he posted 33 receptions for 585 yards and seven touchdowns for the Chiefs football team in 2010. In 2009, he was named to the all-county gridiron team after notching 40 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. Romano was also named to the all-conference football team in 2008.

The second member of the Pride recruiting class from Farmingdale High School is attackman Sal Tuttle. A three-sport athlete for the Dalers, he was named to the all-county team as a junior in 2010 after recording 41 goals and 42 assists for the Nassau County champions. Tuttle also received all-county accolades as a sophomore in 2009 after posting 27 goals and 12 assists. The four-year letterman in football is an all-county gridiron selection and is a two-year member of the Dalers' basketball team.

Defenseman P.J. White will join the Pride in 2011 from Huntington (NY) High School. Another three-sport athlete, White was an all-league selection for the Blue Devils as a junior in 2010. The 6'3 back-liner was named to the Top16 All-Star Team and also attended the Blue Chip 225 Camp and played in the MVP Lacrosse Camp at Rutgers last summer. White is also a member of the football and basketball teams at Huntington.

"We think this recruiting class could be the nucleus for future successful Hofstra teams," Tierney commented. "We look forward to their continued progress and wish them the best of luck during their senior seasons."

Name               Pos.  Ht.    Hometown/High School
Ty Begley           A    6-2    East Islip, NY/East Islip
Giuliano Bove       D    6-2    Garden City, NY/H. Frank Carey
Korey Hendrickson   M    5-7    Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale
Michael Malave      M    5-9    Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River
Thomas Passenant    D    5-11   Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day
Steven Romano       M    6-1    Massapequa, NY/Massapequa
Sal Tuttle          A    6-0    Massapequa Park, NY/Farmingdale
P.J. White          D    6-3    Huntington Station, NY/Huntington


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