Going into their last regular season game versus Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rivalsÂ Penn State; the Hofstra Pride needed a win of their own as well as a win by St. Josephâ€™s toÂ gain a berth in their conference tournament. However, the game ended in a similar fashion asÂ several others in Hofstraâ€™s 2012 season, an overtime loss. This loss officially ended the seasonÂ for the Pride, leaving them 6-8 overall with a 2-4 conference record. It was also the fourthÂ time Hofstra had needed extra time to settle a game, 3 out of the 4 requiring multiple overtimeÂ periods, with each resulting in an overtime loss.
Out of the 4 conference losses of 2012, 2 wereÂ lost in overtime (Penn State and Towson), while the other pair were both single goal decisionsÂ (Drexel and UMass). After witnessing so many close games result in heartbreak, the Pride willÂ look to use these experiences as motivation and return to the CAA tournament in 2013.
The bitter memories of last seasonâ€™s agonizing losses will be prevalent in the minds of Hofstraâ€™sÂ 28 returning players, of which includes 8 starters from last season. Adrian Sorichetti will lookÂ to be the squadâ€™s top gun again this year. The senior midfielder from Whitby, Ontario led theÂ Pride in scoring last season with 24 goals and 14 assists for 38 points, earning him first teamÂ All-CAA honors.
With Steve Sterling gone, Hofstra will need additional midfield production toÂ support Sorichetti. Looking to step up at middie is sophomore Mike Malave, whose 11 pointÂ 2012 campaign gained him a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team. Seniors Ian Braddish andÂ Aaron Jones will also have a great opportunity to step up in Serlingâ€™s absence.
The attack unit for the Pride will be led by junior Lance Yapor. Yapor posted 25 goals and 8Â assists for 33 points last season, good for second in team scoring. Re-joining Yapor will be All-CAA Rookie Team honoree Tyler Begley, who posted 10 goals and 7 assists in his first season.
With 30-plus point producer Mike Denapoli lost to graduation, junior Torin Varn and sophomoreÂ Tyler Johnston will be looked at to play a larger role in the attack unit. Freshman Sam Linares isÂ an All-American recruit that has a viable chance to push for a starting position.
Senior defender Mark Mullen, second team All-CAA in 2012, will anchor Hofstraâ€™s defense.Â Mullen will be joined by returning starters graduate student Michael Hamilton and senior CodyÂ Solaja. Redshirt junior Corey Caputo is also a defensive returnee who saw starting time lastÂ season. Competing to replace Andrew Gvozden between the pipes are seniors Ryan Brant andÂ Rob Bellairs, as well as sophomore Chris Selva. Apart from the 3:33 of time that Selva sawÂ last year, in which he made 0 saves on 1 shot faced, Gvozden played the entirety of the 2012Â season and will be a tremendous hole to fill.
Last season was a disappointment for the Hofstra Pride. With four conference losses all by oneÂ goal, returning veterans remember the subtle differences that wound up being the differenceÂ between qualifying for the conference tournament and being on the outside looking in. WithÂ such a harsh aftertaste still in the mouth of many associated with Pride lacrosse, Hofstra willÂ look to rebound for a successful 2013 campaign.