Hudson Valley Community College Lacrosse Team Ranked #8 in Preseason Poll

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011

The Hudson Valley Community College Lacrosse team opens the season ranked eighth in the NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Top Ten preseason poll.

The Vikings come into the season very young with few returning players. James Bryant (White Plains/White Plains) and James Christenson (Bethlehem/ White Plains) are the top two returning scoring middies who will be heavily relied upon to carry the scoring load. Mason Agosto (Cary-Grove/Cary, IL) and Ryan Polak (Ridgewood/Loveland, OH) are two very talented freshman that should make an immediate impact in the Vikings scoring attack. The defense is anchored by captains Zac Lafarr (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs) and Tom Stoddard (Valley Central/Montgomery). Lafarr will lead a young but talented defense with the possibility of two freshmen starting beside him. Tompkins Cortland Community College transfer J.P. Grove (Schuylerville/Wilton) hopes to lock up the starting goalie spot after a very impressive fall.

Head Coach Joe Hayes is optimistic, commenting, "We have some very talented freshmen, transfers and returners that we are counting on to help this team toward a third consecutive conference title and sixth straight regional appearance. This team has a very challenging season ahead of it, playing six of the top 10 teams in the nation. We believe that playing the best teams will prepare our players in making a run for the conference title and the possibility of a national championship at the end of the season."