Hofstra off to promising start
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In goal, sophomore Chris Selva has emerged as the leader to replace four-year starter Andrew Gvozden. Selva enjoyed a strong preseason and played every minute of each of the first four games, allowing a total of 26 goals while facing 135 shots. “Chris plays with a great sense of urgency and leads by his competitiveness,” Tierney said. “He’s athletic and understands the defense.” Selva is backed by senior Ryan Brant, a transfer from Ohio State, junior Eddie Collins, a former Long Beach High School star and standout at Nassau Community College, and junior Jason Rosenzweig out of Massapequa.
Opposing goaltenders have already seen enough of Varn & Co. Varn, Llinares, senior Adrian Sorichetti, and junior Lance Yapor combined for 28 goals and 15 assists through four games. Varn, who does most of his work in the crease area, is making the most of his promotion to starter after finding the net eight times a year ago. Llinares, meanwhile, got his college career off to an amazing start with five goals in the opener against Sacred Heart, including goal No. 1 just 3:35 into the game. He has eight goals and six assists so far. “Sam’s the complete package,” Tierney said. Sorichetti, a midfielder, led Hofstra in scoring in 2012 with 24 goals and 14 assists and had a 10-point game (seven goals, three assists) against St. John’s. He’s just rounding into form after a back injury and has three goals and four assists. Yapor, off a 25-goal campaign, is a slick playmaker with three goals and five helpers so far.
The midfield is starting to come together, Tierney said. It’s a deep group led by Sorichetti, senior face-off specialist John Antoniades and sophomore Mike Malave. The unit was bolstered by the return to health of Coholan and grad student Bran Loizeaux, and addition of freshman Brian von Bargen. Coholan and Loizeaux both missed 2012 due to injury.
The Pride plays three of its first four CAA games on the road, beginning this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Delaware. The CAA home opener is March 23 versus Drexel at 1 p.m.