Friday, December 4, 2015

Club Sports Roundup

Hofstra Powerlifting Club competed at the Crossfit Strong Island competition in Merrick, New York on the weekend of November 21st-22nd. Miguel Ayala Jr. was the only member of the team to compete in the Saturday morning session; he finished the day with a 530lb squat, 330lb bench press, and a 600lb deadlift, giving him a pro-total (>1,400) of 1,460lb. Ayala won 1st place and set the state record for squat, deadlift and overall total in the Pro-Raw Modern category 165lb weight class. On Sunday morning, Stefan Bozic finished 2nd in the Amateur Junior Raw Classic division 220lb weight class, with a 400lb squat, 255lb bench press, and 400lb deadlift, giving him an 1135lb total. In the Sunday afternoon competition, Hofstra’s Yu-Hsiang Huang took 3rd place in the 181lb weight class Amateur Raw Modern division, with a 315lb squat, 220lb bench press, 420lb deadlift, and 955lb total. Louis Ban rounded up the weekend with an exceptional performance in the Sunday evening session; he finished with a 535lb squat, 270lb bench press, 570lb deadlift, 1375lb total at 198lb. He took 1st place, set a new RPS (Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate) world record squat, and a new RPS state record deadlift and total for the Raw Modern (with wraps) Teen category 198lb weight class. The Pride earned 3rd place overall.

Members of the Hofstra Powerlifting Club pose with other winners at the Crossfit Strong Island competition in Merrick, New York.

Hofstra Ice Hockey Club dropped a tough 6-4 decision to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Sunday, November 22nd at Twin Rinks at Eisenhow Park. Andrew Gagnon, Darren Schwartz, David Craig, and Brandon Fauci all tallied goals for the Pride, while goalie Alex Feinstein stopped 47 of the 53 shots he faced.

Hofstra Men’s Club Soccer dropped a 4-2 contest at Montclair State on Sunday, November 23rd. Federico Podesta and Tyrone Behari scored goals for the Pride.

Hofstra Quidditch hosted the season opener of the Big Apple Quidditch Conference on Saturday, November 21st, coming away with a winning 2-1 record. After losing a close, hard fought game to Rutgers, the Flying Dutchmen rebounded by dominating the Horcruxes 250-0 and NYU 100-20. NYU was the Northeast Regional Championship Runner up last season and is considered one of the top 20 teams in the country, making that victory especially satisfying for the club.

Hofstra Women’s Rugby Club had a busy weekend with a game against Stony Brook University on Friday, November 27th and a 7’s tournament the very next day. Despite tries from Nery Mendez, Cheyenne Wong, and Kim Tran, as well as a converted kick by Margaret O’Callaghan, the Pride fell to Stony Brook 26-17. With no time to dwell, the team was back in action the next morning, competing in five games on Randall’s Island. Following losses to Molloy College and Wilfrid Laurier University, Hofstra tied the University of New Hampshire and went on to defeat the Royal Military College of Canada, before drawing a rematch against the Wildcats of New Hampshire. In the rematch, the Pride cruised to a 35-17 victory and earned 5th place overall.

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!

Ruby Staplehurst, Guest Blogger
Graduate Assistant, Recreation and Intramural Sports


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