Matthew Vowinkel bagged a brace in the CAA final. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The 13th-ranked Hofstra University men host Lipscomb University Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Division I tournament at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.

The match will be streamed live free of charge at GoHofstra.com/video. The game can also be accessed on the CAA.tv app on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. In addition, WRHU will provide live audio on WRHU 88.7 FM and live statistics will also be available. Links to all are located above and on the Hofstra men’s soccer schedule page at GoHofstra.com.

Hofstra (16-1-2) is making its sixth NCAA appearance and first since 2015. The Pride has a 3-5 record in NCAA Tournament competition and have advanced to the second round three times (2004, 2006, 2015). Hofstra will be hosting an NCAA Tournament game for the fourth time in program history and is 2-1 all-time at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in NCAA Championship play. Hofstra defeated Lehigh, 2-1, in overtime in its last NCAA first round home game in 2015.

The Pride earned the Colonial Athletic Association’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament this past Sunday, defeating Elon, 3-2, to earn the league championship for the fifth time overall and the first since 2015. CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player Matthew Vowinkel scored two goals and Stefan Mason added on as the Pride rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit with three consecutive second half goals. Hofstra’s 16th victory of the season is a school record, topping the 15 set by the 1968 team, which was the first team in program history to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.

Ryan Carmichael leads the Pride in scoring with 13 goals and seven assists for 33 points, while Vowinkel is second with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points. Hendrik Hebbeker has six goals and shares the team lead with nine assists, Mason has four goals and five assists, and Storm Strongin has two goals and nine assists. Wessel Speel has started all 19 games, and has posted a 0.67 goals against average and a 0.824 save percentage.

Lipscomb, the top seed, won the Atlantic Sun Conference title with a 4-1 victory over second-seeded Central Arkansas this past Saturday. The Bisons enter the NCAA Championship with a record of 12-3-2 and are riding a six-game win streak. This will be Lipscomb’s third NCAA appearance and its first since 2018. Tyrese Spicer leads the Bisons in scoring with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Hayes Wood has eight goals and four assists for 20 points. Michael Sibley has played all 17 games in goal and has 55 saves, a 1.18 goals against average, and a .724 save percentage.

Hofstra and Lipscomb have never met in men’s soccer and this will be the first contest between the schools in any sport.

The winner of the first round matchup between Hofstra and Lipscomb will advance to the second round and play at the No. 12 seed Penn State on Sunday, Nov. 21.