Long Island Sports Notebook

Hofstra Wins CAA Wrestling Title

The Hofstra Pride Wrestling Team returned to the top of the Colonial Athletic Association Saturday afternoon when they captured the 2011 CAA Wrestling Championship at Rider University’s Alumni Gymnasium.

The Pride had five champions, three runners-up, one third place and two fourth place finishers to capture their ninth CAA title in the past 10 seasons. It was also the Pride’s 10th conference title in the last 11 years, missing only the 2010 CAA title, which went to Binghamton. Hofstra finished with 94 points followed by Binghamton (78.5), Old Dominion (52.5), Boston U. (46), Rider (43.5), Drexel (25.5), and George Mason (6). Five number one seeds won their weight classes while four number two seeds won.

Leading the way for the Pride was senior Lou Ruggirello, who recorded his fourth CAA title at 133 pounds to advance to his fourth NCAA Championship. Ruggirello (28-3), the top seed, defeated #2 seed Kyle Hutter from Old Dominion, 2-1 on the riding time point in the 133-pound final Saturday. Ruggirello enters the NCAA Championships riding a 14-match winning streak

HU Men’s Basketball Eliminated

The Pride men’s basketball team lost Old Dominion yet again and were eliminated from the CAA tournament in the semifinals, meaning they will most likely not receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will, however, wait anxiously to see if they qualified for the N.I.T., a tourney they have not played in since 2007.

Islanders Release New App

The New York Islanders announced last week the release of their official app for iOS devices (iPhone, iTouch, iPad). The Islanders app is free and currently available for download in iTunes as well as in the app store on iOS devices.

Fans can now listen to the Islanders live radio broadcast of every game directly from their iPhones. The app will also keep fans more in touch with their favorite hockey team with all the top news, statistics, videos and features from newyorkislanders.com.

The app was developed by Synergy in conjunction with the teams’ radio broadcast partner, WRHU, Radio Hofstra University.

“The advent of smartphones has put the world on to our hand-held devices,” said Paul Lancey, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Islanders, in a statement. “Our organization has made a real push in the digital space, this is just the next step. We look forward to watching it take shape, and we couldn’t ask for better partners than our friends at Hofstra.”

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