NCAA Preview: No. 9 Hofstra
by Gary Lambrecht | Special to Lacrosse Magazine
The February issue of Lacrosse Magazine features an extensive NCAA lacrosse preview, from Division I through Division III, plus in-depth features on the top-ranked Syracuse men and the snake-bitten Cal women. Lacrosse Magazine Online (laxmagazine.com) examines the key players, strengths, weaknesses, best- and worst-case scenarios, sleepers, what's new, what's not and rival coaches' takes on each of the top 10-ranked teams in Division I men's and women's lacrosse.
NO. 9 HOFSTRA
CAA Preseason Player of the Year Jay Card makes cohort
Jamie Lincoln more effective and is Hofstra's hardest-riding
© Joe Rogate
Head Coach: Seth Tierney
2010 Records: 9-5, 2-3
2011 Opener: Tuesday, Feb. 15 vs. Colgate | Schedule
A Jamie Lincoln (Sr.)
On a team stocked with good shooters and decision-makers, Lincoln is among the more exceptional. He led the team with 33 goals, finished second with 20 assists and shot a blistering 46.5 percent.
A Jay Card (Sr.)
Card makes Lincoln more effective, and vice versa. Card finished with 31 goals, 22 assists and shot 39.7 percent. He also led the Pride's hard-riding attack with 31 ground balls.
M John Antoiniades (So.)
He was the team's No. 1 grunt in 2010. He won 54.7 percent of his faceoff attempts, and took 329 of the Pride's 350 draws. Help has arrived in the form of Quinnipiac transfer Zach Pall.
• Impressive depth at midfield
• Complementary talent and senior leadership at attack.
• Absorbed some graduation hits on defense
• Inconsistent stringing wins together
With so many weapons on offense, the Pride wins enough possessions and presents too many threats not to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
The Pride fails to take advantage of its attractive schedule, suffers one or two damaging losses, and once again is sweating on the NCAA tournament bubble on Selection Sunday.
M Steve Serling (Gr.)
This addition looks like a one-year steal. Serling, a graduate of Lafayette and fresh off a 37-goal season, is using his fourth and final year of eligibility at Hofstra after winning Patriot League offensive player of the year honors.
RIVAL COACH'S TAKE
"Reloaded with transfers. On certain days were as good as anyone last year."
For only the second time in the past 20 years, Hofstra will not play Johns Hopkins. The Pride, which has beaten the Blue Jays three times in the last five regular-season meetings between the schools, wanted to keep the association going.
Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden was the starter heading into the preseason, but don’t be surprised if he and sophomore Rob Bellairs battle it out again all year.
Hofstra makes its opportunities count. In 2010, the Pride shot 35.2 percent and averaged 12.9 goals per game.