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Hofstra MLAX: Tierney Names Quad-Captains For The 2016 Season

0 Comments 16 January 2016

Sam Llinares, Finn Sullivan, Brian von Bargen and Tom Voelkel, Hofstra Men's Lacrosse

Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney has named four student-athletes to serve as 2016 Pride team captains.

Seniors Sam Llinares, Finn Sullivan and Brian von Bargen and redshirt sophomore Tommy Voelkel have been selected by the Hofstra staff and team to serve as team leaders in 2016.

Llinares, an attackman from Hauppauge, NY, was named to the 2016 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America third team in addition to his All-CAA Preseason honor. Last year, he lived up to his 2015 preseason accolades by leading the conference in goals and points and be voted the 2015 CAA Player of the Year in 2015. In 14 games, he recorded career-highs of 33 goals and 57 points for the Pride. In the process, he became the first Hofstra student-athlete to post 50 points or more in consecutive seasons since Tom Kessler did it in 2000 and 2001. The 2014 USILA All-American honorable mention was also voted to the All-CAA first team for the second consecutive season. Llinares also surpassed the 100-point plateau in his career in 2015 and now has 73 goals and 69 assists for 142 points, which is tied for 10th on the all-time Hofstra scoring list.

Sullivan, a defenseman from West Roxbury, Massachusetts, is also a two-time All-CAA first team selection for the Pride. Sullivan started all 14 games on defense and recorded 37 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers last season. He picked up season-highs of seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in the Marist contest. This past fall, Sullivan was named the recipient of the 2016 Nicholas Colleluori Memorial Award for his relentless and spirited play. He will wear number 27 this season in honor of the late Hofstra lacrosse player. As a sophomore in 2014, Sullivan started all 16 games and tallied one goal, one assist, 30 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. He posted a season-high four ground balls against Delaware and Drexel and four caused turnovers against Georgetown.

Von Bargen, a midfielder from Wantagh, NY, is coming off his most productive season in 2015. The Long Island native recorded career-highs of four assists and 11 points while scoring seven goals in 14 games. He scored two goals in games against Manhattan, Marist and Fairfield to tie his previous highs set as a freshman against Delaware and Massachusetts. A senior with extensive experience, von Bargen has played in 44 games during his three-year Hofstra career. A CAA All-Rookie Team selection in 2013, he tallied a career-high eight goals as a freshman.

Voelkel, a long-stick midfielder from Chapel Hill, NC, is in his third year on the Hofstra roster. After redshirting as a freshman in 2014, he played in all 14 games last season and picked up five ground balls and forced one turnover. He scooped up two ground balls in the Pride’s victory over Providence last March.

Hofstra begins its preseason drills on Monday, January 18 at their James M. Shuart Stadium/Margiotta Hall complex. The Pride will have closed scrimmages against Syracuse and Le Moyne in Syracuse on Saturday, January 30 before hosting Hobart and Rutgers in scrimmages at Shuart Stadium on Saturday, February 6. Hofstra kicks off the regular season on Saturday, February 20 at the University of North Carolina.

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