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Mark Ellis

School

Hofstra University

Position
Short-Stick Defensive Midfielder
Major
Sports science (master’s degree)

Classroom

Mark Ellis is in his second year at Hofstra as a graduate-student after graduating from Stony Brook in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies. He is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll member at Hofstra.

Character

Coming to the Hofstra program in January 2018, Ellis immediately took a leadership role with the Pride and was selected a team co-captain for the Pride in 2018-19. Ellis has overcome personal and family adversity in his life to become not only a college graduate but a student who is just a few months away for earning a master’s degree in sports science.

Community

Since his arrival at Hofstra, Ellis has immersed himself in most of the Pride men’s lacrosse team’s community service activities. Those activities included Surfers Healing where Ellis and a few his teammates went with pro surfers to help kids with autism surf in the water as well as help with the clean-up after the event. He participated in the fundraiser Firefighter Stephen Siller FDNY Memorial Tunnel-To-Towers Run in lower Manhattan along with the Pride team. He also participated in gift-wrapping for needy children through Charlie Russo’s Holiday Magic program, provided entertainment and goodwill for those needy children at the separate Christmas Magic Holiday party and participated in Hofstra’s Shake-A-Rake program, which rakes the yards of elderly homeowners in the Hempstead/Uniondale community in the late fall.

Competition

A 2019 Hofstra co-captain, Ellis played in all 14 games for the Pride in 2018 and recorded one goal, scoring against his former school, Stony Brook. He picked up 25 ground balls on the season and was second on the team with eight caused turnovers. At Stony Brook, he did not play due to injury in 2017, and he red-shirted in 2016 but played in four games and tallied two goals on five shots. Ellis recorded career-highs of two goals and picked up five ground balls on the season. As a sophomore in 2015, Ellis played in all 18 games and recorded one goal and one assist, scoring his lone goal against Lehigh. In 2014, he played in 12 games as a freshman and recorded one goal and one assist, scoring his first collegiate goal against Vermont and posting his first college point with an assist against St. John’s. Ellis also recorded six ground balls and a caused turnover as a freshman.