Friday, October 21, 2016

Club Sports Roundup

On Sunday, October 16th, Hofstra Women’s Club Rugby won their first round playoff game against Fordham University, 62-17. Alexa Strickland, Lili Hinojoss Madrid, and Ashley Higby all scored their first tries of the season, while Redate Negussie scored the first of her career. Gabby Jones scored four tries, and Kaelyn Ragonese made five kicks in Hofstra’s win. The Pride move on to play the University of Albany in the next round of the playoffs on Sunday, October 23rd.  

Hofstra Men’s Club Rugby took the pitch against Marist College for their final regular season game on Sunday, October 16th. Hofstra sought their first win and they found it in a big way. Captain Josh Beck scored 5 tries to help proper Hofstra to victory. Colin Tomaselli-Greenslade, Yusuke Miyajima, James Thompson, Noel Shewjattan, and Kyle Novak added tries of their own. Overall, Hofstra dominated the match offensively and defensively. Hofstra has progressed throughout the season and because of their competitiveness, they have earned a spot in the playoffs. They will look for a playoff upset against William Paterson University in the Pride’s return to the postseason on Sunday, October 23rd.
Hofstra Club Baseball traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on Drexel University for a three game set from Friday, October 14th to Sunday, October 16th.
In Game 1 of the NCBA Conference series, Justin Cusano took the hill to open conference play for the Pride’s 2017 season. Things did not go very smooth for Cusano, as he failed to get out of the second inning for the first time in his 4-year Hofstra Club Baseball career. He allowed 6 earned runs in 1.1 IP. Behind Cusano, Steven Pekarik came in and shut the Drexel Dragons down for the remaining 5.2 IP, but the bats never came alive and Drexel beat Hofstra, 8-1.

In Game 2, junior Sean Cunningham took the hill for the Hofstra. Through 6 innings the Pride had played a clean, defensive game and trailed the Dragons 2-0. It wasn’t until the top of the 7th inning when the Pride got things started. The Pride erupted for 8 runs, with the big knock being Kevin Cunningham’s bases clearing, 3 run triple that staked the Pride to an 8-2 lead. Drexel would mount their own rally in the bottom of the 7th, but the Pride bullpen shut the door, and Hofstra evened the series at 1 game apiece with an 8-5 victory.

In the rubber game of the series, P.J. Potter took the mound for the Pride, and he was masterful, pitching 9 innings and allowing only 1 earned run while scattering 6 hits. However, the Pride would find themselves down 3-0 in the 5th inning. Not a problem for the comeback kids from Hempstead, as the Pride rallied with 4 runs to grab the lead 4-3. Hofstra would add insurance runs in the 7th and 8th as well to put Drexel away, 8-4, and take the rubber game of the three game set. 

For the weekend the biggest offensive producers for the Pride were:
·         Justin Cusano 7 hits/.636/3 RBI/2 Runs
·         Ben Lawlor 3 hits/.375/2 2B/4 RBI/4 Runs
·         Sean Cunningham 3 hits/.500/2 RBI/1 Run

Hofstra Women's Club Soccer traveled to New Jersey to take on Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, October 15th. Despite playing a solid game, the Pride were unable to find the back of the net, falling to Stevens, 2-0.

On Sunday, October 16th, the Pride hosted both Montclair State University and SUNY New Paltz. In the first game against Montclair, Heather Aleksis scored for the Pride, as they battled to a 1-1 tie with the Red Hawks. Emma Fasolino played excellent in net behind the solid defense of Sarah Bouzaidi, Marisa Saia, and Hannah Carmeli.

In the second game of the day, SUNY New Paltz and Hofstra played a well matched game. Goals were scored for the Pride by Sarah Cordes, Heather Aleksis, and Gabby Cottone. Madison Webb played excellent at midfield, and Katie Spoleti played solid defense in the Pride’s 3-2 victory.

On Sunday, October 9th, Hofstra Club Ice Hockey played MCHC rival Fordham University at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon, New York. Hofstra and Fordham both got on the board early in the game; however, Fordham would quickly pull away beating Hofstra 8-1.

Friday, October 14th, Hofstra hosted the reigning MCHC champion Yale Bulldogs. Hofstra opened up the scoring with a power play goal scored by Darren Schwartz and assisted by Joe Grice. Yale would quickly answer to even the score at 1 apiece. Going into the third period, Hofstra trailed 2-1. Joe Grice would score in the middle of the period to even the score at 2, but that would be all for the Pride. Yale would score a late 3rd period goal and go on to win 3-2.

On Saturday, October 15th, Hofstra Club Quidditch hosted a 12 team tournament where the top teams from the East Coast came to compete on Hofstra’s campus. In the first round of pool play Hofstra faced the defending National Champions, Quidditch Club Boston, where they suffered a loss, 10-180. Erin Daley scored the only goal for the Flying Dutchmen. Hofstra continued to play four more games throughout the day against the University of Rochester, Tufts University, Rutgers University, and New York University. Even though the Flying Dutchmen were not able to pull out a win, they consider the tournament a success and are working on improving for regionals.

Hofstra Club Equestrian competed at Olde Towne Equestrian Center on Sunday, October 16th. Maria Sorrentino placed 6th over fences. Katie Jackson, Katie Rozek, and Hannah Matuszak all rode well in their respective classes, with Jackson claiming a 5th place ribbon, while Rozek took home a 4th place ribbon. 

Hofstra Running Club took part in the St. John's Cross Country Fall Festival at Cunningham Park in Queens, New York on Sunday, October 16th. On the women's side, Freshman Courtney Gallagher ran the 4K in a time of 18:01, which was good enough to finish 8th overall in the club division. On the men's side, sophomore Ryan Connell was Hofstra's top finisher crossing with a 5k time of 17:46. This was good enough for 41st overall and 7th in the club standings. Hofstra's next finisher was sophomore Andrew Grell who ran 20:34. Freshman Tyler Baron (21:36) and junior Adel Elkosh (25:59) rounded out a solid effort for the Pride.  

Hofstra Men's Club Lacrosse took on Fordham University under the lights at Shuart Stadium on Wednesday, October 19th. Hofstra and Fordham played a hard fought game, but the Pride fell to Fordham, 12-8. Keith Marlor finished the night with four goals for Hofstra.

Hofstra Club Roller Hockey traveled to Warwick, Rhode Island to take on the Minutemen from the University of Massachusetts. Hofstra fell to UMass by a score of 6-0.

Finally, we are proud to announce the first recipient of our new initiative, the Hofstra Club Sports Student-Athlete of the Week. Our inaugural winner, from Hofstra Men’s Club Rugby, is Tayab Kirmani. Earlier in the season, Kirmani was named the Tri-State Conference Rugby Imports Player of the Week. Their press release stated:

“Kirmani played a tremendous game in a narrow 17-15 loss to last year’s conference champions RPI. The Big number 8 was a force on defense and questioned RPI’s line with a number of powerful pick and gos at the breakdown. Hofstra has struggled in league play in recent years, but a tight match with the defending conference champs puts the league on notice. Kirmani was instrumental in the game, earning praise from both coaches and the referee for his gritty performance.”

Congratulations to Tayab!

Hofstra’s 28 Club Sports are always looking for new members and welcome all experience levels.  If you would like to find out more information about joining one of our clubs, please visit and click on the ‘Club Sports’ tab, or feel free to visit us at the Hofstra Fitness Center with any questions you may have!  

Zachary Englis, Guest Blogger

Graduate Assistant, Recreation and Intramural Sports

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Club Sports Roundup

On Saturday, October 1st, Hofstra Club Ice Hockey took on Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference rival Stevens Institute of Technology on home ice at the Northwell Health Ice Center in Eisenhower Park. Stevens jumped out to an early lead with a power play goal and lead 1-0 heading into the second period. Hofstra answered with a power play goal of their own by Austin Natale. Joe Grice quickly followed suit and scored to give the Pride a 2-1 lead. At the end of the second period, Hofstra had a 4-2 lead, after goals by Grice and Nick Lewis. To start the 3rd period, the Pride took two penalties which lead to two Stevens power play goals, knotting the score at 4 and sending the game into overtime. Scoreless after OT, the game went to a shootout, where Hofstra was unable to convert. The final score was Stevens 5, Hofstra 4. Goalie Liam Hartenstein had 42 saves for the Pride. 

On Sunday, October 9th, Club Ice Hockey traveled to the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon, New York to take on MCHC powerhouse Fordham. Darren Schwartz tallied for the Pride, but the Rams proved to be too tough, winning by a score of 8-1. 

Also on Saturday, October 1st, Hofstra Men’s Club Rugby traveled to Colonie, New York to take on Siena College. Hofstra got off to a solid early start by moving the ball quickly, but was unable to put any points on the board. At the end of the first half, Siena was leading the Pride 12-0. To start the second half, Siena scored a try to lead Hofstra, 18-0. Although Hofstra was able to convert on two tries by Kyle Novak and Josh Beck, it wasn’t enough to close the deficit. Siena would score late in the second half to put Hofstra away and win by a score of 42-12.  

On Sunday, October 9th, Men's Club Rugby took their home field for the first time this semester to take on Union College. The weather conditions were not very welcoming as torrential rain poured down for the entire game. Accordingly, the game was extremely sloppy, but both teams put their best feet forward to try to win and make the playoffs. Union managed to put the first points on the board after pounding the ball at the try line. Tayab Kirmani responded promptly to tie the game up quickly at 6 apiece. Union would go on to score twice more in the first half, while James Thompson would answer for Hofstra. At the half, the score was 17-10 Union. Hofstra was unable to score for most of the second half, with the weather impacting both sides immensely. Despite the challenges, Hofstra had some serious chances throughout the second half; twice they were called for penalties within 5 meters of the try line. Chris Abatiello was able to score in the final minute of the game and gave the Pride the opportunity to tie, but from such a long distance and in poor conditions, the kick was no good. For the second time this season, Hofstra lost 17-15 on the final play of the game.  

Hofstra Equestrian had their first show of the season at St. Joseph’s College on Sunday, October 2nd. Captain Maria Sorrentino had her debut in the open classes, placing second over fences. Captain Kate Milford followed with her debut in the novice classes. The new members had an impressive start with Meghan Tierney and Katie Rozek placing 3rd and 2nd, respectively, in Advanced Walk Trot Canter. Katie Tomasino and Hannah Matuszak placed 1st and 4th in Beginner Walk Trot Canter.  

On Sunday, October 9th, Captain Maria Sorrentino again performed well in her open class ride at the Adelphi Horse Show at Stanhope Stables in Huntington, New York. Captain Kate Milford had a great ride in large classes, placing 5th in the flat. Katie Tomasino and Katie Rozek placed 5th in their competitive walk trot canter classes. Meghan Tierney placed 4th in her class and Katie Jackson and Hannah Matuszak placed 6th in their classes. 

On Sunday, October 9th, Hofstra Club Baseball hosted the University of Connecticut in a non-conference doubleheader at Wantagh Park. Justin Cusano would pitch the entire first game, allowing two earned runs, seven hits, and stranding several runners on base. Entering the bottom of the 7th inning, the Pride trailed 3-1. Sean Cunningham reached on an error and Justin Cusano followed with a single to left field to set up a Pride rally.  After Trevor Bukowski came in to pinch run for Cusano, Mike Neglia was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. John Bopp then laced a single to left to score Cunningham, cutting the UConn lead to 3-2. Ryan Eisenne followed by roping the first pitch he saw to left field to score Trevor Bukowski and Mike Neglia, giving the Pride a thrilling 4-3 walk-off win. 

Game two would see the Pride run into some strong pitching, and they would drop the game by a score of 6-1. 

From Friday, October 7th to Sunday, October 9th, Hofstra Club Roller Hockey traveled to Feasterville, Pennsylvania for the 19th ECRHA Annual Columbus Day Event. On Friday night, Hofstra's D3 squad took on powerhouse Neumann University and won, 2-1. This was the D3 squads first ever win over Neumann in the program's history. The team would also post wins over Rowan University (1-0) and SUNY Cortland (4-3). 

While they were not able to notch a victory on the weekend, the D1 program battled hard and improved, dropping hard fought contests to UMass (5-1), Rhode Island (7-4), and Robert Morris (7-5).  
In other action... 

Hofstra Quidditch competed in a round robin tournament against three other teams in their conference on Saturday, October 1st. Hofstra suffered defeats against the BosNYan Bear-Sharks and a MERC (Mercenary) team composed of players from Macaulay Honors College and Stony Brook University. Hofstra was able to pull out a win in their second game against MERC winning 160-10 with Kyle Bohringer securing the win with the snitch catch. 

Hofstra Men’s Club Soccer hosted Adelphi University Men’s Club Soccer on Sunday, October 2nd. Hofstra beat their Long Island neighbor by a score of 4-0, with goals from Amir Osman, Rocky Famigletti, Ziad Al Zager, and Cassio Daros. 

On Saturday, October 8th, Hofstra Women's Club Rugby took on Siena College on home turf. Gabby Johns scored three tries during the game to account for all of the Pride's points. Hofstra fell to Siena by a score of 50-15. 

Hofstra Club Rock Climbing traveled to Brooklyn Boulders on Friday, October 7th for a climb and all members learned and enjoyed the sport together.   

Hofstra’s 29 Club Sports are always looking for new members and welcome all experience levels.  If you would like to find out more information about joining one of our clubs, please visit and click on the ‘Club Sports’ tab, or feel free to visit us at the Hofstra Fitness Center with any questions you may have!  

Zachary Englis, Guest Blogger

Graduate Assistant, Recreation and Intramural Sports