One week after suffering an ankle injury during a 13-4 win at St. John’s, Hofstra junior attackman Jay Card had a triumphant return to the lacrosse field against Army. Card scored five goals and dished out eight assists to lead eighth ranked Hofstra to a 17-2 blowout over Army before a rain soaked crowd of 1,073 at Shuart Stadium.
“It’s a little sore but I give all the credit to our trainer Robert Sullivan,” said Card in the post game press conference of his recovery from last week’s injury. “He did a great job getting me back on the field in less than a week.”
Card’s return to the Hofstra offense came after missing last Saturday’s 11-9 loss at Massachusetts in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener. Having Card back into the offensive mix is critical for Hofstra (5-2) as it next faces a crucial CAA road game at 11th ranked Drexel on Saturday.
Another Hofstra offensive force who has returned from injury is red-shirt sophomore Kevin Ford and the Floral Park High School product scored a hat trick in his second straight game since returning to the lineup after missing the first five games with a broken foot that he suffered in January. Ford played attack at UMass Saturday but with Card back in the lineup was slotted into the midfield against Army.
“Ford is a great addition to our offense,” said Card. “It’s just one more option.”
Card and Ford were two of eight Hofstra players to register goals against Army with junior attackman Jamie Lincoln recorded a hat trick, Stephen Bentz netting two and Brad Loizeaux, Aaron Jones, Dan Stein and Drew Coholanall also getting in on the scoring. The 15-goal margin was just Hofstra’s second win by 10 goals or more since Seth Tierney took over as head coach for the 2007 season with the other being a 20-3 victory over Sacred Heart on April 5, 2008.
Hofstra did suffer a loss on the defensive side though with red-shirt senior long-stick midfielder Adam Swarsen suffering an ACL tear prior to the Army game. His status for the remainder of the season is uncertain.
The win over Army was Hofstra’s 500th all time since the program started in 1949, a feat only 13 other college lacrosse programs have achieved. “For everybody that was involved in our program from the president all the way on down they should be very happy with the 500th win,” said Tierney.