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By Steve Breazeale
A talented trio of former JSerra Catholic High School lacrosse players are contributing to a historic season for the Hofstra University men’s lacrosse team.
JSerra grads Brenden Lynch, Mitch Kingsley, Jimmy Yanes and the Pride are off to a perfect 10-0 start to their season, and remain the only undefeated program in NCAA Division 1.
Yanes, a sophomore, had a breakout game in the Pride’s 11-9 Colonial Athletic Association win over Delaware on April 8. Yanes tied his season best mark by scoring three goals and totaling four points.
The win powered Hofstra to the No. 2 ranking in the USILA/Nike Coaches Poll and the Maverik/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, equaling the program’s highest-ever ranking since 2006. Hofstra is also ranked third in the US Lacrosse/Nike Poll.
Hofstra head coach Seth Tierney first noticed the trio of JSerra players as a result of his relationship with former Lions head coach Kyle Harrison. Harrison sent Tierney video of the three, and the veteran coach immediately took notice.
Yanes had an injury hampered season in 2016, and did not appear in a game. But he is more than making up for lost time this season. Yanes has scored 15 goals and has played in all 10 games for Hofstra. He’s scored three goals on three different occasions.
“He’s started to get back to what he was able to do at JSerra and his change of direction, speed and quickness and confidence are starting to come back and that’s the person we recruited,” Tierney said of Yanes. “His quickness and ability to get to the goal is what sets him apart.”
Tierney described Lynch, a junior midfielder, as an “unbelievable workhorse” and “a blood and guts guy with great effort.” Lynch notched an assist in the Delaware game and has three points on the season. He played in all 15 games as a sophomore as part of Hofstra’s special teams unit in 2016.
Kingsley, a junior, played in just five games as a sophomore due to shoulder and leg injuries but returned from the disabled list for the Pride’s game against Delaware last week. Tierney said Kingsley is a “cerebral player who has a great IQ of the game.” Hofstra has moved Kingsley to midfield this season.
The trio of local players and the Hofstra team will look to extend their winning streak when they play host to Drexel University (4-6, 1-1) on April 15.