Hofstra players Adrian Sorichetti, far left, and Mike Malave with Chris Jinno of Keio University, one of their hosts during the 23rd International Friendship Games, which highlighted a nine-day trip to Japan that started on May 30.
Members of the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team weren’t the only ones who enjoyed a memorable time in Tokyo during the 23rd International Friendship Games of 2012, which were hosted by the Japan Lacrosse Association. Hofstra is back on the Island after wrapping up the nine-day trip that started on May 30.
“Hofstra players (Adrian Sorichetti and Mike Malave of Shoreham-Wading River) stayed for two nights at my house, and spent the rest of the visit at the hotel,” said Chris Jinno, who now plays for Keio University after he helped form the varsity program at Keio Academy in Purchase, N.Y. “Outside of the lacrosse field, we had the chance to walk around the city I live in, and eat some great food. We also had the chance to visit some shrines, go visit Kamakura city, and Tokyo Disneyland. ”
Hofstra also got some games in during its visit.
“Hofstra played 10-minute running time quarters against Keio, Waseda and Tokyo universities,” Jinno said. “All teams played well, but couldn’t handle the outside shots Japanese goalies are not used to. (Hofstra’s) Mike DeNapoli (of Lynbrook) ripped many wicked goals while John Antoniades (of Hauppauge) won almost every faceoff of the three games.”
There were some things Hofstra players weren’t comfortable with — at least at first.
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