Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Pride will play their first 2012 contest under the lights of James M. Shuart Stadium this Tuesday, February 28 when they host the 20th-ranked Fairfield University Stags at 7 p.m.
Hofstra (1-1), slipped out of the USILA Coaches Top 20 Poll and are now 20th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll in this week's poll, is coming off a 12-6 loss at 19th-ranked Princeton in the Tigers' season opener this past Saturday. Battling frigid, windy conditions that at times included snow flurries, the Pride battled back from a 6-2 deficit early in the third quarter to close to within one at 6-5 midway through the period. But Princeton scored six of the next seven goals, including five in the fourth quarter, to post the victory. Hofstra junior Ian Braddish led the Pride with two goals and one assist while sophomore Lance Yapor added two goals. Graduate-student Steve Serling and junior Adrian Sorichetti each notched solo scores to round out the Pride scoring.
Hofstra, which opened its 2012 season on February 18th at home with an 11-9 victory over Sacred Heart, will be looking for their second win of the young season against a young Fairfield team. Tuesday night's contest is the third meeting between Hofstra and Fairfield. The two teams met last season on April 16 in Fairfield with the Pride holding on for an 8-7 victory behind two goals and one assist from Braddish and two scores by Sorichetti. Senior goalie Andrew Gvozden made three of his 10 saves in the contest in the final 2:30 to preserve the victory. Fairfield was led by John Snellman and Doug Kuring with two goals each. Goalie Charlie Cipriano made eight saves in the Stags cage. The Pride and the Stags first met during the 2002 season with Hofstra winning 11-8 at Shuart Stadium.
Hofstra, which is averaging 8.5 goals per game and allowing 10.5 per contest in their two outings this season, is led in scoring by sophomore attackman Lance Yapor. The Glenview, Illinois native followed his four goal, one assist opener with two goals at Princeton to give him seven points on the season. Sorichetti now has three goals while Braddish has two goals and one assist and junior middie Aaron Jones has two goals. Freshman midfielder Tyler Johnston leads the Pride with two assists this year. Gvozden has a 10.50 goals against average and a .462 save percentage with 18 saves in two games this season.
The Stags of Fairfield, who return 24 players including eight starters from last year's 8-8 squad, are 2-0 on the season with a 13-10 victory over Stony Brook on February 18 and a 9-8 double-overtime win over Bryant in Connecticut this past Saturday. In the Stags most recent victory, Sam Snow scored 2:22 in the second extra period to give Fairfield the victory. The Stags trailed 6-3 in the second quarter before scoring five goals in the final 31 minutes of regulation. Fairfield led 8-7 after a Snellman goal with 7:34 to play in regulation. But Bryant's Cody Isdaner tied the game two minutes later to send it into overtime. Senior goalie Charlie Cipriano recorded 11 saves in the Stags goal to post the victory.
Fairfield, which is averaging 11 goals per game on offense and allowing nine per game on defense, is led in scoring by junior attackman Sam Snow who has tallied seven goals in two games. Senior linemate John Snellman has tallied four goals while senior midfielder Brent Adams has added four goals and two assists. Sophomore attackman Eric Warden has chipped in with three goals and two assists while freshman Drew Federico, who had two goals against Bryant, has three goals and one assist. Freshman middie Colin McLinden leads the Stags with three assists. Cipriano has recorded an 8.55 goals against average and a .526 save percentage with 20 saves this year.
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