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Previewing Hofstra’s 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule

Hofstra faces off against five New York metropolitan area teams and also take on two new opponents for the first time.

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The Hofstra Pride are the 12th team in our 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the second team from the CAA. Hofstra finished 5-9 overall in 2019 and 2-3 in CAA play. The Pride failed to qualify for the CAA Tournament.

Here’s their entire 2020 schedule:

Hofstra’s 2020 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/25 Hofstra Syracuse Scrimmage
2/8 Wagner Hofstra First ever meeting
2/15 Michigan Hofstra First ever meeting
2/22 Villanova Hofstra
2/25 Hofstra Stony Brook
2/29 LIU Hofstra First meeting since 1990
3/7 Hofstra Ohio State
3/10 Hofstra St. John's
3/14 Hofstra Providence
3/17 Manhattan Hofstra First meeting since 2015
3/21 Rutgers Hofstra
3/28 Towson Hofstra CAA
4/4 Hofstra UMass CAA
4/11 Delaware Hofstra CAA
4/18 Hofstra Drexel CAA
4/25 Fairfield Hofstra CAA

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Hofstra’s Opponent’s 2019 Average Win Percentage & RPI

Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
.494 .456 .569 36.86 41.67 28.2
*Avg win pct. includes Division II records, Avg. RPI only includes Division I teams

Circle These Dates

  • 2/15 vs. Michigan: Hofstra’s first two opponents of the 2020 season are against teams they’ve never played before in the regular season. After meeting Wagner in their season opener, the earliest opener in program history, Seth Tierney’s group will host a Michigan team that looks to bounce back after a disappointing 2019 season filled with injuries.
  • 2/22 vs. Villanova: The Pride will take on a Wildcat team that has beaten them in their last two meetings, including an overtime showdown last season at Nova. Villanova doesn’t lose a ton of scoring from a year ago, similar to Hofstra. But even though short stick defenders TJ Comizio and Chris Donovan have graduated, the Wildcats still have a good crop of players including Penn transfer Jared Warner.
  • 2/25 at Stony Brook: The annual Long Island Rivalry game goes to LaValle Stadium where new Seawolves head coach and former Towson assistant Anthony Gilardi will look for his first win against the Pride as the lead coach. Despite three consecutive goals from Whit Stopak to tie the game at 10 with 1:49 left in regulation, Hofstra gave up the game-winner from Tom Haun 19 seconds later and were unable to get a shot on goal in the final 1:20.
  • 3/21 vs. Rutgers: After Jimmy Yanes tied the game at four with 9:37 to go in the second quarter, Hofstra’s offense was quiet for over 30 minutes. Rutgers scored five straight goals to take a commanding 9-4 lead even though they were outshot 27-14 in the second half. Max Edelmann locked the gates for the Scarlet Knights with 18 saves in the win, but won’t be there this year as he’s graduated.
  • 4/18 at Drexel: The last three editions of this game have had some notable outcomes toward the end of the season. In 2017, the Dragons upset the then-undefeated Pride who would then lose two of their next three games and miss out on the NCAA Tournament. In 2018, Hofstra doubled up on Drexel in Philadelphia and ended up getting into the CAA Tournament thanks to that win. Last season, the Dragons used a 5-0 fourth quarter run to beat the Pride in Hempstead and got the final seed in the CAA Tournament over Hofstra, who had the same conference record as they did, thanks in part to that win. Luck might be on Hofstra’s side, as the home team has not won since 2012 when Drexel came out with a 6-5 win.