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FH: Hofstra Tops La Salle; Will Face No. 5 Syracuse Sunday

Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Release: 08/30/2013
Hempstead, NY – Freshman Stella Schoen tallied three goals and the Pride defense held the Explorers to just six shots as Hofstra recorded a 5-1 victory over La Salle in the semifinals of the Asics Invitational at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium Friday afternoon. It was the season opener for both teams.

The Pride advance to face fifth-ranked Syracuse, a 5-1 winner over Quinnipiac in the semifinal nightcap Friday, in the Asics Invitational championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. La Salle and Quinnipiac will meet in the consolation game on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Schoen, a forward from Hamburg, Germany, made her collegiate debut a big one, tying the game 11:54 into the contest and then adding Hofstra’s third goal at the 24:07 mark and the fifth goal 7:27 from the end of the contest. The Pride also received a goal and an assist from junior international players, Jonel Boileau (Kelowna, BC, Canada) and Marta Penas (Barcelona, Spain). Freshman defender Carissa Witmer (Ephrata, PA) recorded her first collegiate point on an assist of Boileau’s goal in the second half.

La Salle jumped on the board first 5:54 into the game as Mariel Papa tipped in a Devin Muracco shot for a 1-0 lead. But Schoen knocked home her first goal on a pass across the goalmouth by Boileau to tie the contest. Less than three minutes later, Penas scored the first goal of her Hofstra career, picking up a rebound and depositing the ball into the net for a 2-1 lead. Schoen notched her second goal on a beautiful through-pass by Penas, from close to midfield, that sent her in alone on Explorer goalkeeper Lisa Shaffer (15 saves).

Hofstra added two more goals in the second half as Boileau made it 4-0 in the 46th minute while Schoen completed the “hat-trick” with a spinning move in the circle that allowed her to go one-on one with Shaffer.

The Pride outshot La Salle, 37-6 in the contest including 21-1 in the second half. Hofstra senior goalie Kaitlyn De Turo (South Setauket, NY) needed to make only two saves for the victory. The Pride is now 9-7 in season openers under head field hockey coach Kathy De Angelis, who is in her 16th season at Hofstra.

In the nightcap, sophomore Alyssa Manley tallied two goals and one assist and senior Leonie Geyer, cousin of Hofstra sophomore Charlotte Loehr, added a goal and two assists to lead Syracuse to the 5-1 victory over Quinnipiac. The Orange, NCAA Championship semifinalists in 2012, outshot the Bobcats, 33-9 and forced Quinnipiac goalie Megan Conaboy to make 18 saves. Syracuse goalie Jess Jecko made four saves in the contest but couldn’t preserve the shutout as Bobcat graduate student Kristin Engelke scored on a penalty corner as time expired.
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