Courtesy Hofstra Athletic Communications
Four games into his Hofstra lacrosse career after transferring from the University of North Carolina (UNC), midfielder Ian Braddish is starting to find his role in the fourth-ranked Pride’s explosive offense.
Braddish had a breakout game during a 15-9 win against Harvard last Saturday scoring two goals in his only two shots of the contest. The 6’2 185 pound sophomore lefty midfielder said after his performance against Harvard that he feels very comfortable with his new scenery at Hofstra just 22 miles from his West Islip, N.Y. home.
“It has just been great since I got here,” said Braddish, who was a standout player at Long Island power West Islip High School prior to his collegiate career. “Everyone has welcomed me with open arms.”
Before playing his one season at UNC, Braddish had a distinguished high school career West Islip where he was selected to play in the Under Armour North-South All-Star Game as a senior while leading the Lions to a state title. Braddish also played on two gold-medal winning teams for Long Island at the Empire State Games.
Braddish certainly has plenty of offensive support around him with Hofstra boasting six players who have 10 points or more through the Pride's first four games. "It makes life easy for people like me who like to dodge," said Braddish of the many scoring options opposing teams need to pay attention to on the Pride offense.
Braddish will try and continue his offensive momentum from last week’s game against Havard when the Pride aim for its first 5-0 start in 14 years versus Air Force on Sunday starting at Noon.