Hempstead, NY – Six different Pride players scored goals and sophomore captain Charlotte Loehr tallied two assists to lead Hofstra to a 6-2 non-conference victory over the River Hawks of UMass Lowell at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium Friday afternoon.
Sophomore Lauren del Valle (Exton, PA) recorded a goal, her first of the season, and an assist while Loehr (Mainz, Germany) assisted on freshman Stella Schoen’s (Hamburg, Germany) second half goal that gave the Pride a 3-2 lead and del Valle goal that boosted the lead to two. Senior Holly Andrews (Afton, NY) scored on a penalty stroke, junior Jonel Boileau (Kelowna, BC, Canada) scored her 10th goal of the year, and freshmen Claudia Marin Samper (Terrassa, Spain) and Carissa Witmer (Ephrata, PA) each added goals for Hofstra. Senior Kaitlyn De Turo (South Setauket, NY) recorded seven saves to post her fifth win of the year.
The Pride improved to 5-7 on the season while the River Hawks, who are in their first year as a Division I member, fall to 1-9.
The River Hawks, who have dominated the Division II scene the past decade making 10 consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament appearances including six consecutive championship game visits, scored first as freshman Jahna Driscoll scored on a deflection at the 5:53 mark. But Marin Samper tied the game off a steal for her fourth of the season at the 16:12 mark. Boileau then gave the Pride a 2-1 lead on a diving tip-in of a del Valle pass just 3:24 before halftime.
But UMass Lowell tied up the game quickly in the second half as freshman Georgia Cowderoy scored an unassisted goal just 47 seconds into the second period. The goal seemed to wake up the Pride as Schoen tallied her eighth of the season four minutes later off a penalty corner with Loehr and Stephanie Cowles assisting on the tally, for a 3-2 lead.
Del Valle posted her first goal of the year, on a pass across the goal from Loehr, 5:22 later for a 4-2 advantage. Witmer notched her third goal of the year off a rebound that she flipped over UML goalie Melanie Hopkins (12 saves) six minutes later for a 5-2 lead. Andrews closed out the scoring with 1:53 to play with her second of the season, off the penalty stroke.
Hofstra outshot the River Hawks, 27-12 including 14-4 in the second half. The Pride also tallied 11 penalty corners to UMass Lowell’s three.
The Pride return to action on Sunday (Oct.6) when they host the 20th-ranked Wildcats of New Hampshire. Game time at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium is noon.