Hempstead, NY – Sophomore Lauren del Valle
broke up a 2-2 tie with her third goal of the year and freshman Stella Schoen
tallied two goals and one assist to lead the Hofstra Pride to a 5-2 victory over the Towson Tigers in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Hofstra improved to 2-2 in the CAA and 6-12 overall while Towson, which dropped its 13th consecutive game, fell to 1-15 overall and 0-5 in the CAA. The victory keeps the Pride in the hunt for one of the four berths in the CAA Championship Tournament on November 8-10, heading into the final weekend of regular season play next weekend.
On Hofstra's Senior Day, it was the underclassmen who did most of the damage for the Pride. Del Valle (Exton, PA) broke up the 2-2 deadlock at the 58:04 mark, tapping in a shot by Stella Schoen
(Hamburg, Germany) that caromed off the crossbar. The Pride added two more goals, an unassisted tally by Schoen and a low bullet by sophomore Charlotte Loehr
(Mainz, Germany), off a pass from Schoen, over the next 6:38 to give Hofstra the 5-2 margin. Schoen’s goal was her second of the game and 10th of the season while Loehr’s tally was her third of the season. Senior goalie Kaitlyn De Turo
(South Setauket, NY) made three saves to record her sixth win of the season.
Hofstra outshot Towson, 27-8, including 16-4 in the second half, and had 10 penalty corners to the Tigers four.
Pride junior Marta Penas
(Barcelona, Spain) opened the scoring in the contest at the 9:22 mark, taking a pass from freshman Claudia Marin Samper
(Terrassa, Spain) for her second goal of the season. But Towson tied the contest 4:38 into the second half as Kathleen Morris fed Kelly Mattingly off a penalty corner for her second goal of the season.
Hofstra regained the lead at the 42:23 mark as Schoen grabbed the rebound of a Jonel Boileau
shot and beat Towson goalie Brittany Varacallo (8 saves). But, once again, the Tigers knotted the score as Kate Williams converted a pass from Kayla Lesesne
, off a rebound, for her third goal of the season at the 47:14 mark.
The Pride conclude their regular season with two CAA games on the road next weekend as Hofstra will face James Madison on Friday night (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m. and William and Mary on Sunday (Nov. 3) at noon.