Know Your Enemy - Hofstra

Know Your Enemy - Hofstra

As Lodge so eloquently expressed in his post from earlier this week, it’s safe to say that conference play in the CAA certainly gets every fired up. This fire is fueled by years of hard work by the West Philly’s Finest members going into every game as an underdog and meriting little respect from their conference foes. That’s alright, though, because that’s how we learned who we really were and developed that chip on our shoulder’s that will never go away. CAA play starts this Saturday at Vidas Field against Hofstra and it’s going to be a battle.

Hofstra comes into West Philly also sitting at 4-3 on the season with W’s against Fairfield, Georgetown, Ohio State, and the Fighting Blue Chicken’s a few miles down I-95 S  and recently coming off a tough loss to St. John’s on Tuesday. Rest assured they’ll be looking to bounce back against a conference rival and earn themselves the Inaugural Hero Bowl trophy.

The Pride’s scoring attack is led by Sam Llinares, a Sophomore Attachman who has 23 (11g, 12a) points on the season thus far. His supporting cast is rounded out by several players with 10 or more points on the season, none of which having more than 3 assists. Torin Varn (11g, 1a) and Lance Yapor (10g, 1a) round out the starting attack line and seem to benefit from Llinares quite a bit. The Midfield unit is headed up by Drew Coholan (9g, 3a),  Mike Malave (8g, 3A), and Korey Hendrickson (5g, 3a), each starting all 7 games for the Pride. Kris Clarke is their go-to at the faceoff x coming in at a 54.7% for the year and taking all but 2 draws. Good luck kid…

The defense is backed by Junior Chris Selva (.496 SavePct) who has played every minute between the pipes so far this season. Finn Sullivan (11gb, 8ct), Stephen Satterthwaite (3gb, 3ct), and Corey Caputo (7gb, 4ct) lead the starting defense. A group that boasts a 8.89 GAA. Ryan Rielly (1g, 1a, 18gb, 12ct) heads up the LSM duties and will certainly have his hands full with a couple of middie lines that are starting to turn up the production for the Dragons. This end of the field is probably the strength of their team as they’ve found a way to hold each team they’ve played to 12 goals or less and that 12 coming from Batesy’s very talented Princeton offense. 

4pm game time and 63 degrees on Saturday afternoon. I expect to see a lot of Dragons out there giving a not so warm welcome to the fellas from Longuyland tomorrow.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.