Thursday, March 24, 2016

Club Sports Roundup

Hofstra Equestrian Club ended their regular show season on a high on Sunday, March 13th, with many team members calling it the club’s best day yet. Julissa Hoogeveen started off the day winning 4th place in both Open Fences and Open Flat. Kierstin Berwick pinned 4th in Intermediate Fences and secured a fantastic 1st place finish in Intermediate Flat. Maria Sorrentino kept the winning momentum rolling, winning both Novice Fences and Intermediate Flat. To conclude an already great day, Kate Milford won 1st place in a large and competitive Advanced Walk Trot Canter class. Sorrentino ended up being honored as the champion high point rider of the entire competition, and despite having just four competing members, the Pride ended up being the 3rd highest scoring team of the show. As a result, the club had three riders qualify to compete in the Regional Horse Show on Sunday, March 20th, in Medford, New York.

Julissa Hoogeveen, Kierstin Berwick, and Maria Sorrentino represented the Pride in the regional competition. Hoogeveen rode in a large competitive Open Flat class and was able to pull off a 4th place finish against some stiff competition, adding a beautiful Intermediate Fences round later in the day. Kierstin Berwick and Maria Sorrentino both qualified for the Championship Intermediate Flat class after preliminary heats, and ended up with 4th and 5th place recognition respectively. Berwick also finished 4th in her Intermediate Fences class. Sorrentino then competed in an extremely large Novice Fences class and was able to secure a 5th place award. End of the year awards included Julissa Hoogeveen finishing 10th in overall points in the Open division (Flat and Fences) for the entire year. Overall, the Hofstra Equestrian Cluby finished in 6th place for the year. 

Julissa Hoogeveen, Maria Sorrentino, and Kierstin Berwick pose with their ribbons following the regional competition.
Hofstra Running Club collaborated with St. John's University for their second dual meet of the year, held on the Red Storm's Queens campus on Saturday, March 19th. The event saw 10 Hofstra athletes compete across 10 races. Results were as follows:

4x800m: 10:05, Eric Monsurez, Zachary Englis, Junior Felix, Adel Elkosh
100m: Gary Williams 12.30
1600m: Zachary Englis 5:43
400m: Eric Mosurez 64.2
800m: Junior Felix 2:22
100m: Tammy Karkikal 14.50
1600m: Rebecca Torvik 7:16; Patricia Romano 6:20
200m: Ally Geiger 31.59
A sampling of photos from the Hofstra Running Club's meet vs. St. John's University.
Hofstra Club Baseball hosted a three game series against Rider over the weekend of March 19th-20th. The Pride dropped the opener 1-0, as Justin Cusano was the hard luck loser on the mound despite pitching a complete game 2-hit shutout. Hofstra would even the series at a game apiece with a 2-0 win in game two, behind P.J. Potter's complete game shutout. In the rubber game, the bats came alive for the Pride as they claimed a 10-5 victory to take the series. Mike Ahrens went the distance on the mound for the Pride while Justin Cusano went 3 for 3 at the plate, with a double, 4 RBI’s, a walk, and a RBI sac fly. After a successful trip to Florida and this solid performance against Rider, the squad is looking forward to kicking off their conference schedule, which begins on Friday, March 25th against Towson University.

Hofstra Men’s Rugby Club traveled to New Jersey to face off against against old foes Montclair State University on Saturday, March 19th. Both teams were equally shorthanded heading into the game, with a variety of inexperienced players taking to the field for the first time. Despite digging themselves an early hole, Hofstra was able to take a 12-5 lead into the half after scrumhalf, Josh Beck earned the away side a second try following a long run. Despite Hofstra controlling much of the second half, Montclair was able to trim deficit to 12-10 behind a balanced attack. With about 10 minutes to go, the New Jersey side were able to convert a kick, and snatched the win away from Hofstra with a 13-12 victory.

Hofstra Men’s Club Lacrosse played West Chester University at Shuart Stadium on Sunday, March 20th. Despite a slow start, the Pride managed to come together and achieve an impressive 8-4 victory. The strong team performance was highlighted by two goal games for freshman Keith Marlor and sophomore Tyler O’Brien, who also notched two assists.

Hofstra Powerlifting Club competed at Crossfit Strong Island in Merrick, New York, on Saturday, March 19th, with almost every member coming home with a trophy, and some even breaking state and world records. All club members competed in the raw classic division (using only a lifting belt), except for Louis Ban, who competed in the single ply division, and Miguel Ayala Jr., who competed in the raw modern division. All members also competed in the amateur division, apart from Ayala, who qualified for a pro total. In the morning session, competing in the teen division (18-19), Moriah Garzone (148lb weight class) placed first. Competing in the junior division (20-23), Jeff Jeon (148lb weight class) and Stephanie Tattrie (181lb weight class), placed second in their respective events. Louis Ban achieved first place in the junior, amateur, single ply division, 198lb weight class, and also set world and state records in his division and weight class. Miguel Ayala Jr. added to the Pride’s accolades with a first place in raw modern, open division, 165lb weight class, and set new RPS state and world records. Nick Bielawa placed 3rd in the junior, amateur, raw classic division 181lb weight class, and Yu-Hsiang Huang and Daniel Centeno both managed new personal meet records. A full breakdown of results can be found at
Hofstra Quidditch Club were at Rutgers University on Sunday, March 20th for the Knight’s Cup, and came away with a 3-1 winning record. The Flying Dutchmen had two wins against the University of Rochester and a big win over NYU in overtime. Despite losing to RPI by a snitch grab, the team kept the game very close and competitive against the Elite 8 Northeast team. Overall, the tournament was a great warm up for the Pride as they prepare to head down to San Marcos, Texas, on Friday, April 1st to compete in Texas State University’s 30-team Consolation Cup.

Hofstra Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club went 3-4 on the weekend of March 11th-12th, beating Yale, Stevens, and Central Connecticut State University at a tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Flying Dutchmen fell to Stevens, Catholic, and twice to Cornell. Highlights of the weekend included a beautiful back of the end zone bid right on the goal line, on a throw from Tae Kim and numerous assists from Gabe DeOliveira to freshmenIan Weimer, Josh Sullivan, Daniel Valverde, and Mike 

Hofstra Men's Soccer Club claimed a 2-1 victory over local rival Adelphi on Sunday, March 20th at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium behind 2 goals from Tyrone Behari.

Hofstra’s 27 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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