Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Pride Field Hockey team will end their three-game road trip this Sunday, October 7 when they travel to Newark, Delaware for a meeting with the Blue Hens of Delaware. Game time for the CAA contest at Rullo Stadium is noon.
The Pride, 5-7 on the season and 0-3 in CAA play, is coming off a 6-2 non-conference loss at Virginia Commonwealth last Friday (Sept. 28) and a 1-0 conference loss at James Madison last Sunday (Sept. 30). In the VCU contest, senior defender Melissa McCarthy scored a career-high two goals for the Pride in the loss. On Sunday, Hofstra dominated play but an early first half goal stood up for the Dukes in their 1-0 win. The Pride outshot JMU, 16-3 and did not allow a shot in the second half. In addition the Dukes did not have a single penalty corner in the contest.
The Pride has victories over Fairfield (3-1), Monmouth (6-0), St. Joseph's (5-1), Yale (1-0) and UC Davis (3-2). Their losses have come against current #22 Albany (3-1), Rider (2-0), Columbia (4-2), #10 Old Dominion (7-2), #21 William and Mary (1-0), VCU (6-2) and James Madison (1-0). Hofstra has tallied 25 goals and allowed 28 in 12 games this season.
Hofstra continues to be led in scoring by sophomore forward Jonel Boileau (Kelowna, BC, Canada) with eight goals and two assists. She has equaled her 2011 goal total and is one assist shy of tying her assist and point totals from last year. Senior Micaela Gallagher (Port Jefferson, NY) has posted a career-high five goals and three assists and ranks second in the conference in shots. Senior defender Melissa McCarthy (Havertown, PA) has tallied three goals and two assists while freshman forward Lauren del Valle (Exton, PA) is fourth with three goals and one assist. De Turo has recorded a 2.33 goals against average with 77 saves and a .733 save percentage. She ranks second in the CAA in saves.
The Blue Hens of Delaware enter the week with a 4-9 record and a 0-2 slate in the CAA. The Blue Hens have wins over St. Joseph's (3-1), Monmouth (3-1), Temple (4-3) and Appalachian State (2-1). Their losses have come to Boston University (4-3 in OT), Albany (3-2 in OT), Central Michigan (4-3 in OT), Michigan (4-1), North Carolina (6-0), Princeton (10-2), Wake Forest (3-0), William and Mary (4-0) and Old Dominion (5-1). Delaware, which has dropped its last three games, will host eighth-ranked Northeastern Friday night before facing the Pride on Sunday.
The Blue Hens, who have faced eight ranked teams (0-8) this season, have scored 24 goals (1.85) and allowed 48 goals (3.69) in 13 games this season. Delaware is led in scoring by sophomore defender Kelsey McKee with five goals and two assists. Freshman Michaela Patzner has added five goals and one assist and senior midfielder Nikki Onorato has tallied four goals. Junior forward Kasey Prettyman has chipped in with three goals and two assists. Junior Sarah Scher has recorded a 3.33 goal against average and a .626 save percentage with 57 saves in 10 games this season. Freshman Megane Simons has posted a 3.69 goals against average and a .754 save percentage with 43 saves in five games this year.
Sunday's game will be the 26th meeting in the series between Hofstra and Delaware. The Blue Hens hold a 19-6 series advantage. The two teams have split the last two meetings with Hofstra winning last year on Long Island, 7-2 and the Blue Hens winning at Hofstra in 2010, 3-2.