Eliot Goldthorp paced Hofstra with 17 goals and six assists. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)

Hoping to emulate their 2021 march to the NCAA Division I Sweet 16, the Hofstra University men fell short of that goal.

The Pride was eliminated in the first-round of the tournament by 18th-ranked Georgetown University, which posted a 1-0 victory over Hofstra University in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12.

Hofstra (10-8-4) reached the tournament by sweeping through the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and clinching an automatic berth to the dance.

The team had many outstanding performers, buoyed by the performances of sophomore midfielder Eliot Goldthorp. junior forward Ryan Carmichael, junior defender Pierce Infuso and junior goalkeeper Wessel Speel.

Goldthorp was named a United Soccer Coaches second-team All-American, becoming the program’s sixth coaches’ association All-American, joining Ed Gaffney, Michael Todd, Shaun Foster, Joe Holland, and Hendrik Hebbeker. The Leeds, United Kingdom native put together one of the best seasons in program history with 17 goals and six assists for 40 points. The 17 goals were the third-highest total in program history. He also was the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Performer.

Carmichael earned his second consecutive all-region selection after posting 10 goals, four assists, and 24 points. The Armagh, Northern Ireland native earned CAA offensive player of the year honors and ranked second in the league in goals and points.

Infuso secured his first all-region accolade after leading a Pride defense that allowed 23 goals in 21 games and allowed, on average, just over three shots on goal per game. The Merrick, N.Y,, native was a second team All-CAA selection.

Speel made his second appearance on the regional squad. He compiled a 1.10 goal-against average, 45 saves and five shutouts in 21 starts.

And yes, they are slated to return in 2023, along with some other talented teammates, which could make Hofstra an imposing side next fall.

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