Fairfield, CT – Junior Jonel Boileau and freshman Stella Schoen scored first half Pride goals but Fairfield junior Felicitas Heinen scored twice in the second half, including the game-winner on a penalty stroke, to lead the Stags to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Hofstra at University Field Wednesday afternoon. The Stags are now 2-0 on the season while Hofstra slips to 1-2.
Fairfield jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 3:33 into the contest as freshman Julie de Paeuw scored her first collegiate goal off a pass from Heinen. But Hofstra tied the game 11 minutes later as Boileau notched her second tally of the season, off a rebound of a Schoen shot in front. Schoen then gave Hofstra a 2-1 advantage with 15:36 remaining in the half on a backhanded shot. It was her fourth goal of the season.
The Stags tied the game just 3:38 into the second half off a penalty corner with Heinen scoring her second of the season from juniors Emily Leo and Val Buurma. Almost 10 minutes later, Hofstra was whistled for a foot infraction in the goalmouth giving the Stags a penalty stroke. Heinen converted the stroke to give Fairfield the 3-2 lead.
Hofstra had four shots on goal in the final 20 minutes but Fairfield freshman goalie Caitlin Bennett stopped three and the fourth was blocked by the defense as the Stags held on to snap a 10-game losing slide to the Pride. Bennett finished with nine saves. Hofstra outshot Fairfield, 15-12 in the contest while the Stags had 10 penalty corners to the Pride’s seven. Hofstra senior goalie Kaitlyn De Turo recorded six saves.
Hofstra returns home this weekend to begin a five-game homestand. The Pride will host Maine on Saturday, September 7 at noon and Sacred Heart on Sunday (Sept. 8) at 3 p.m. at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium.