Hofstra Edged in Preseason Scrimmages with Hobart, Rutgers

Hempstead, NY With just two weeks remaining before their regular season and home opener against Marquette University, Hofstra held their final two preseason scrimmages against Hobart College and Rutgers University at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday.

The Pride were edged in both scrimmages, 10-9 while the Scarlet Knights topped the Statesmen of Hobart, 10-5 in a two-quarter scrimmage.

Hofstra was led by sophomore attackman Sam Llinares with seven points on three goals and four assists while senior midfielder Drew Coholan added two goals and three assists in the two scrimmages for the Pride. Sophomore middie Korey Hendrickson added four goals including three against Hobart, and senior attackman Torin Varn posted three goals and one assist.

Hofstra Head Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney split the goalie duties for the second consecutive week with returning starter and second team All-CAA selection Chris Selva and sophomore Eddie Collins each playing a half in each scrimmage. Selva, who ranked fifth in the country in goals against average last season, made five saves in each tune-up, while Collins made nine stops including six against Rutgers.

The Pride face-off unit also played well again on Saturday with Hofstra winning 13 of 23 face-offs in each scrimmage. Freshman Kris Clarke won 16 of 31 face-offs, junior Connor Horl grabbed six of 12 and sophomore Giovanni Girardi won both of his face-offs.

In the first scrimmage against Hobart, the Pride led by three goals four time in the first half before the Statesmen scored the final three goals of the second period to tie the game at 6-6 at the intermission. Hofstra would score the first three goals of the second half to open up a 9-6 lead. But Hofstra would tally the last four goals of the contest, including the game-winner with just 1:05 to play, to post the 10-9 win.

In Hofstra's scrimmage against Rutgers, the Pride took an early 2-1 lead after a goal by Hendrickson. But the Scarlet Knight would score six unanswered goals to build a 7-2 lead before the Pride closed to within three at 8-5 at halftime. Hofstra would get as close as one twice in the fourth quarter the latest at 10-9 after freshman Zachary Franco's goal with 2:06 to play in regulation.

But the Pride could not get the equalizer. Hofstra will open the 2014 regular season on Saturday, February 15 when the Golden Eagles of Marquette come to Shuart Stadium for a noon contest. Marquette is coached by Hofstra alumnus and former associate head lacrosse coach Joe Amplo.


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