Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Shannon Smith, entering her first season at the helm of the Pride, oversaw her first preseason practice this morning.

Smith and the rest of the Pride will start the 2013 campaign on Saturday, February 16 when they take on New Hampshire at 11 a.m. inside James M. Shuart Stadium.

Coach Smith now has a little less than a month to prepare her team for the start of the season after guiding them through the fall ball season and their first practice today.

The Pride returns a ton of talent from 2012 as 24 letter-winners return for the 2013 season, and the team added seven talented newcomers.  Hofstra also returns 10 starters from last season and offensively-speaking the Pride turns 100% of all points scored a season ago.

Coach Smith sat down with GoHofstra.com this morning to recap her first practice and some expectations she has for her squad.