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Hofstra fast facts

2009 RECORD: 11-4, First place Colonial Athletic Association.

LAST NCAA APPEARANCE: 2009, Lost at Cornell.

COACH: Seth Tierney

(fourth year, 27-18).

PRESEASON POLL: Selected first in CAA.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: A Jay Card (35 goals, 9 assists); D Adam Swarsen; MF Steven DeNapoli (63 ground balls); MF Brad Loizeaux; D Christian Scuderi (33 GBs); D Mike Skudin; G Andrew Gvozden.

NEWCOMERS: A Jamie Lincoln, a transfer from Denver, scored 48 goals in 2008; MF Adrian Sorichetti, a Team Canada selection at the Under-19 World Championships; MF Drew Coholan, a two-time high school All-American at upstate Irondequoit; MF Aaron Jones; MF John Antoniades (St. Anthony's); D Cody Solaja; G Rob Bellairs (Plainedge).

KEY STATISTIC: Card has 10 game-winning goals over two seasons.

GAMES TO WATCH: March 13 vs. Johns Hopkins (Andrew Gvozden vs. brother Michael in goal), April 10 vs. Delaware in Big City Classic at new Meadowlands Stadium.

PREDICTION: With 21 returning players, a virtual lock for third consecutive NCAA bid. The only question is, how far can they go?

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