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Hofstra plays today at Ridley High (PA) vs. St. Josephs in Relentless Cup

Saturday, 6th April 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

LIlacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/6/13
From Press Release

The Hofstra Pride will be looking to even their Colonial Athletic Association record when they travel to Ridley High School in Folsom, Pennsylvania to face the Hawks of Saint Joseph’s University in the inaugural HEADstrong Foundation Relentless Cup contest, Game time at Phil Marion Field is 7 p.m.

The game can be heard on www.GoHofstra.com.

The Relentless Cup is a special all-day event created by the HEADstrong Foundation that will support Nick’s House™, the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma Research Fund and the quality of life services offered by the HEADstrong Foundation.

The event will include youth lacrosse games with teams competing from four states including: Clearview Youth of New Jersey, Huntingtown Youth of Maryland, Ridley Youth of Pennsylvania and Rockville Centre Youth of New York. The event will also feature high school games with Ridley High School Boys and Girls teams taking on Avon Grove High School before the main event, the men’s college game between Hofstra and Saint Joseph’s.

Both teams will be competing for the Relentless Cup, a three tiered custom trophy designed exclusively for the event. Admission to the event will be $10 for adults and $5 for students at the gate.

The Relentless Cup and the HEADstrong Foundation’s battle against blood diseases have special meanings for both schools. Saint Joseph’s Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Taylor Wray lost his sister-in-law, Caroline Gallagher-Cranston, in 2010 to a blood disease. Hofstra lost its former lacrosse player and HEADstrong founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori in 2006 after a relentless and courageous 14-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Pride fell out of the Top 20 in both the coaches and media polls this week following their 7-6 loss at Towson last Saturday night. Tied at 3-all at halftime, Towson scored three goals in the third to take and 6-3 lead and lead 7-4 in the fourth before Hofstra scored two goals in the final 61 seconds to close to within one with 12 seconds to play. But the Pride couldn’t get the equalizer despite outshooting the Tigers, 42-26 including 19-5 in the fourth quarter. Six Hofstra players scored goals for the Pride led by senior Adrian Sorichetti with a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Chris Selva recorded double-digit saves for the sixth consecutive game with 11 stops.

Hofstra (6-4, 1-2) ranks second in the nation in defense allowing 6.80 goals per game while averaging 8.67 goals per game on offense. As the CAA schedule crosses over the midpoint for the Pride, every conference game becomes even more important. The Pride is tied for fourth in the CAA with Saint Joseph’s with a 1-2 league record. Drexel (8-2, 3-0), Penn State (7-3, 2-0) and Towson (6-5, 2-0) are ahead of Hofstra with the Dragons and Tigers holding head-to-head tie-breakers over the Pride. With league games against Massachusetts and Penn State looming on April 20 and 27th, respectively, Saturday’s game against St. Joseph’s becomes even important for the Pride.

Hofstra continues to be led in scoring by freshman Sam Llinares with 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points. He is currently on 10-game goal and point scoring streaks. Junior Torin Varn, who saw his 10-game goal scoring streak come to an end at Towson, leads the team in goals with 23 and has one assist for 24 points. Sorichetti, who led the Pride in scoring last season, now has 11 goals and nine assists while junior Drew Coholan, who saw his eight-game point scoring streak come to an end at Towson, has nine goals and five assists. Senior John Antoniades, who picked up nine ground balls while winning 11 of 16 face-offs last Saturday, has a team-high 55 ground balls and has won 94 of 178 face-offs for a 52.8 winning percentage. Selva has a 6.80 goals against average and 110 saves for a .615 save percentage in 10 games this season.

The Hawks of Saint Joseph’s University enter Saturday’s game with a 5-6 overall record and a 1-2 mark in the CAA. The Hawks have wins over High Point (8-5), VMI (10-3), Wagner (10-4), Marquette (12-7) and Massachusetts (7-6). Their losses have come against Lehigh (14-1), Penn (6-5), Mercer (10-9), Brown (17-9), Penn State (9-2) and Drexel (16-3).

Saint Joseph’s, which averages just 6.91 goals per game and allows 8.82 per contest, is led in scoring by freshman attackman Pat Swanick with 16 goals and six assists. Sophomore midfielder Michael Dougherty has tallied 11 goals and six assists while classmate attackman Matthew Sarcona has added 10 goals and four assists. Junior middie Johnny Simanski has chipped in seven goals and six assists while senior attackman Kyle Williams has posted five goals and five assists. Sophomore goalie Dustin Keen has recorded an 8.51 goals against average while starting all 11 games and has made 107 saves for a .554 save percentage.

Saturday’s game is the third meeting between Hofstra and the Hawks in a series that started in 2011. The Pride hold a 2-0 series lead. Hofstra defeated the Hawks, 13-9 on Long Island on April 7, 2012 in the last meeting between the two teams. The Pride downed the Hawks, 11-3 in Philadelphia in 2011.

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