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).
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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 hofstra.edu/recreation 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