Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team will open the 2013 season on Saturday when it hosts New Hampshire at 11 a.m. in James M. Shuart Stadium.

The game will mark the debut of Head Coach Shannon Smith, who joined the Pride after a stellar playing career at Northwestern that saw her win three national titles, earn All-American honors three times and capture the 2011 Tewaaraton and Honda awards.

The season opener will start a three-game home stand for Hofstra as the Pride will also host Fairfield (February 20 at 2 p.m.) and Colgate (February 23 at 11 a.m.) before heading out on the road for the first time this season at Marist on February 27 (1 p.m.).

For ticket information to Saturday's game call (516) HOF-TIXX.  The game is of a doubleheader with the men's lacrosse team and prices are as follows: $16 reserved chairback, $12 general admission (adult), $6 general admission (youth 12 & under/senior citizen).  One ticket is good for both games.

Live video and audio for this weekend’s game can be found on the PRIDE ZONE via GoHofstra.com.

Hofstra has high hopes for the 2013 campaign as the Pride returns 100% of its scoring from a season ago and several talented freshmen will see playing time this year.

The Pride will look to get off to a hot start this season with the three straight home games to begin the season and six of its first nine games in the friendly confines of James M. Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra went 5-12 a season ago, while advancing to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship.  New Hampshire had nearly an identical record as the Wildcats were 5-11 in 2012.