HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Nov. 5, 2011 – The 12th-ranked James Madison men’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision at Hofstra Saturday night in the final regular-season game for both teams.
JMU's overall record now stands at 12-4-1, and the Dukes' Colonial Athletic Association record is 8-3-0.
The Dukes maintain the top seed for the upcoming CAA Tournament (Nov. 10, 11 & 13) despite dropping their second game in a row. Hofstra concluded its season with a 7-10-1 overall record and a 4-7 CAA record.
As the No. 1 seed JMU will host the CAA Tournament, which will open with first-round games on Thursday, Nov. 10. No. 3 seed William and Mary (10-8, 7-4 CAA) will face sixth-seeded Georgia State (12-6-1, 6-5) in a 5 p.m. match. Thursday's second game will see fourth-seeded Delaware (11-5-2, 6-4-1) meeting No. 5 seed Northeastern (10-6-2, 6-4-1) at 7:30 p.m.
In Friday's (Nov. 11) semifinals, top-seeded JMU will play in the second game at 7:30 p.m. when the Dukes meet the Delaware/Northeastern winner. No. 2 seed Old Dominion (11-4-1, 7-3-1) will face the William and Mary/Georgia State winner in a 5 p.m. semifinal game.
Friday's winners meet for the CAA title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in a 1 p.m. match Sunday (Nov. 13).
Tickets for all games will be available at the gate. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-17 and senior citizens over age 62. Admission is free to students from participating CAA institutions who present their college ID.
Hofstra scored twice in the closing minutes of the first half and added a third goal with 7:55 left. Maid Memic struck first, scoring on a rebound at the 43:22 mark of the opening period. Just 1:18 later, a crossing pass from Memic was headed into the goal by Tyler Botte.
Brett Carrington scored the Pride's third goal on a breakaway in the 83rd minute.
Hofstra out-shot JMU 16-9, and Pride goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini needed to make just one save to record the shutout. JMU redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson (Herndon, Va./Oakton) made three stops.