Previewing Hofstra's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The Hofstra Pride are the 27th team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the fourth team from the CAA. Hofstra went 8-6 overall in 2021 and 4-4 in CAA play. The Pride upset top seed Delaware in the CAA semifinals before falling to Drexel in the conference championship game.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Merrimack Warriors (2/5)
Navy Midshipmen (2/18)
LIU Sharks (2/25)
Villanova Wildcats (3/5)
Binghamton Bearcats (3/8)
Manhattan Jaspers (3/12)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3/19)
Providence Friars (3/26)
Wagner Seahawks (18-6 W)
One of St. John's Red Storm (19-18 L/OT) or Stony Brook Seawolves (20-17 W)
CIRCLE THESE DATES
2/18 vs. Navy: This will be the first time these two teams have met since 1999. Joe Amplo was a senior on the Pride. He's now Navy's head coach. This will be the third time as a head coach Amplo faces his alma mater, he's 0-2 against the Pride when he was coaching Marquette. The Midshipmen will provide a very tough test early in the season as they should be a preseason top 25 team.
2/25 vs. LIU, 2/27 vs. St. John's/Stony Brook: A new wrinkle in college lacrosse is the creation of a Long Island multi-team event, similar to what college basketball has been doing for a while. This is a little different than the Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic where the opponents for the Sunday games are determined by the results of the Friday games. The winners of the Friday games will play each other on Sunday, and same with the losers. In Hofstra's case, it could mean we won't see a Stony Brook-Hofstra meeting which has been one of the more eventful midweek rivalries in recent years.
3/19 at Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights come to Hempstead for the first time since their season ended in the NCAA Quarterfinals last May. Rutgers loses Adam Charalambides and Connor Kirst, but gets plenty of talent through the transfer portal for a second straight year. These two teams also haven't played each other since 1999.
4/9 at Delaware: A pair of one-goal games last year that were split amongst the teams. Delaware won the regular season showdown in overtime in Hempstead, but the Pride got their revenge in the CAA semifinals upsetting the top-seeded Blue Hens. Delaware is expected to contend for a CAA crown yet again in what should be another year of tough competition.