The eighth-ranked Hofstra men’s lacrosse team closes its 2011 regular season with a Saturday night home game against Penn State that could go a long way toward deciding the Pride’s postseason fate.
Hofstra (12-1) and 20th-ranked Penn State (7-5) enter Saturday’s regular season finale tied for second place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) at 4-1. The winner of Saturday’s game will earn the number one seed and have home field advantage during the upcoming CAA Tournament. The Penn State game is also critical for Hofstra’s at-large NCAA Tournament chances as the Pride enter the weekend ranked 10th in the NCAA RPI.
Hofstra is riding a seven-game winning streak including a convincing 14-5 win over arch-rival UMass last Saturday in the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Penn State arrives at Shuart Stadium following an impressive 13-3 win at Delaware last Saturday. In last year’s meeting between Hofstra and Penn State the Nittany Lions rallies from a 7-2 deficit to post an 11-10 overtime win.
Saturday’s Hofstra-Penn State will be Senior Night. The Pride nine seniors who will be honored before the game include Stephen Bentz, Jay Card, Steven DeNapoli, Tim Holman, Jamie Lincoln, Adam Mojica, Steve Serling and Mike Skudin.
Check in with "Inside the Pride" for live updates of the Hofstra-Penn State game 15 minutes before faceoff Saturday at 6:45 p.m. Comments and questions are also welcome and encouraged during the live in-game blog.