Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Pride Field Hockey team heads north this weekend when they travel for one Colonial Athletic Association game and one non-conference contest. The Pride will travel to Durham, New Hampshire on Friday, October 19 (3 p.m.) for a CAA contest against the 10th-ranked Huskies of Northeastern before heading even further north to Orono, Maine for a meeting with the Black Bears of Maine on Sunday, October 21 (noon).
The Pride, 6-8 on the season and 0-4 in CAA play, is coming off a 1-0 non-conference victory over 12th-ranked Boston University at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium last Sunday. Sophomore forward Jonel Boileau (Kelowna, BC, Canada) scored her tenth goal of the year in the first half and junior goalie Kaitlyn De Turo (South Setauket, NY) made nine saves, including seven in the second half, to preserve the 1-0 victory. Included in the seven second half saves was a penalty stroke attempt that De Turo stopped easily. The win snapped Hofstra's five-game losing skid and was the program's highest-ranked victory, topping the win over then-13th-ranked William and Mary in 2004.
The Pride has victories over Fairfield (3-1), Monmouth (6-0), St. Joseph's (5-1), Yale (1-0), UC Davis (3-2) and #12 Boston U (1-0). Their losses have come against current #23 Albany (3-1), Rider (2-0), Columbia (4-2), #8 Old Dominion (7-2), #21 William and Mary (1-0), VCU (6-2), James Madison (1-0) and Delaware (2-1). Hofstra has tallied 27 goals and allowed 30 in 14 games this season.
Hofstra continues to be led in scoring by Boileau with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. She ranks third in goals and fifth in points in the CAA. Senior Micaela Gallagher (Port Jefferson, NY) has posted a career-high five goals and three assists and ranks eighth 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 2.14 goals against average with 90 saves and a .750 save percentage. She remains second in the CAA in saves.
The 10th-ranked Huskies of Northeastern University enter the week with a 11-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the CAA. The Huskies, who have won four of the last five games, have wins over Louisville (3-2), Northwestern (2-1), Dartmouth (4-1), Virginia (3-2), Michigan State (3-1), Massachusetts (4-3 in OT), William and Mary (3-2), James Madison (3-2 in OT), Harvard (4-1), Delaware (5-0) and Maine (4-3 in OT). Their losses have come to New Hampshire (3-2 in OT), Old Dominion (2-1) and Boston College (1-0).
The Huskies have scored 41 goals and allowed 24 goals in 14 games this season. Northeastern is led in scoring by senior forward Crystal Poland with a CAA-leading 20 goals and four assists for 44 points. Freshman forward Deidre Duke has posted seven goals and four assists while senior forward Nicky Graham has added two goals and a CAA-high 10 assists. Senior goalie Lizzie Priest has a 1.68 goals against average with 66 saves and a .733 save percentage.
Friday's game will be the 18th meeting in the series between Hofstra and Northeastern. The Huskies hold a 13-4 series advantage. The two teams met twice in 2011 with the Huskies posting a 3-2 victory on Long Island and 4-2 in the CAA semifinals. The Pride's last win in the series came in Hempstead in 2009, 4-2. The Huskies have won the last three encounters.
The Black Bears of Maine enter the week with a 9-7 record on the year. Maine has wins over Providence (3-2 in OT), Rutgers (2-1), Bryant (2-1), Holy Cross (6-0), Pacific (3-2 in OT), Quinnipiac (5-3), Vermont (3-1), Fairfield (2-1 in OT) and Brown (3-2). Their losses have come against Boston College (4-1), Michigan State (3-1), Central Michigan (1-0), Michigan (2-0), Massachusetts (4-2), Boston University (3-1) and Northeastern (4-3 in OT). The Black Bears will play at Albany on Saturday before returning home for the Hofstra game on Sunday.
Maine has scored 37 goals and allowed 34 in 16 games this season. The Black Bears are led in scoring by sophomore midfielder Annabelle Hamilton with eight goals and four assists. Freshman forward Cassidy Svetek has tallied seven goals while sophomore forward Holly Stewart has notched five goals and three assists. Sophomore Hannah Keating has also scored five goals. Senior goalie Alicia Frisch has a 1.77 goals against average, a 7-3 record, 51 saves and a .729 save percentage in 11 games. Classmate Sydney Kolysher has a 2.64 GAA with 27 saves and a .643 save percentage in six games this season.
Sunday's game is the 21st meeting between Hofstra and Maine. The Black Bears lead the series 13-7. The two teams met last season in Hempstead with the Pride winning 5-4. Maine defeated Hofstra in Orono in 2010, 7-1.