Know Your Enemy - Hofstra

Know Your Enemy - Hofstra





Words can’t express WPF’s collective disdain for Hofstra. This has always been a really heated battle between the Dragons and the boys from the island. The boys travel to Hempstead, NY this weekend to take on the No. 7 Hofstra Pride. A solid contingent of your brothers in arms will be attending the game on Strong Island and giving us that added boost from the sidelines to hopefully take us to Upset City, population: Skifozos.

Hofstra enters this week’s contest coming off a painful loss to co-champion of “Worst places to ever travel for a game,” St. Johns. The Flying Dutchmen are 5-2, with the other loss of the season coming to Batesy’s Princeton Tigers squad way back in February. This is quite a good lacrosse team, regardless to how much product they utilize to get those blow outs perfectly protruding from the vents in the tops of their helmets.

The Offense is solid. Although the numbers aren’t gaudy, they are just efficient and seem to come through when the defense needs them to. Leading the way on offense is the attackmen tag team of Torin Varn (18g) and freshman Sam Llinares (12g, 9a). Looks like we have a finishing on our hands here with all 18 of Varn’s points on the season coming from goals. Adding into this tandem’s scoring frenzy is familiar foe, midfielder Adrian Sorichetti. Old no. 77 seems like he’s been plaguing Drexel’s defense for far too long, and the senior is having a solid season with 8g and 6a so far. Rounding out the starting midfield are Mike Malave (7g, 1a) and Drew Coholan (5g, 3a). After the attack, the offense seems to be fairly balanced and spread. No real shocking numbers, just solid production where they need it. The offensive seems to get off to hot starts and leave teams trailing as they have scored 19/64 goals in the 1st, so we can not get off to another slow start these weekend on the island.

The defense is currently rocking a solid 6.43 gaa and is has held opponents to 5 goals on 28 man up attempts which is good for a .179 percentage. Starting goalie, Chris Selva, has played every minute of the season thus far, and has a .605 save pct in 7 games. Yeah, that’s 2nd in the nation. Doing the dirty work for the Dutchmen are close defensemen Michael Hamilton, Mark Mullen (ALL CAA in ’12), and Cody Solaja. Starting for LSM for the Pride is Ryan Rielly (1g, 7ct, 20gb). The face-off duties are handled by John Antoniades who is currently 61/120, good for 50.8%. He has taken all but 5 draws on the season. We’ll need Nick to step up early on this guy and keep the ball away from this squad.

We’re on the road, we’re the underdog, and boy do we hate Hofstra. Who could ask for a better set up to make some noise (outside excessive bass) on Long Island this weekend. Let’s go get this one fellas, it’s yours for the taking.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.