At Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium on Sunday afternoon, in sudden death overtime, both the Rider and Hofstra fans were anxious and sitting on the edges of their seats, anticipating the game-winning goal. With 13:58 remaining, the anticipation became rejoice and celebration for the Pride fans.
The Hofstra Pride field hockey team won against the University of Vermont Catamounts, 3-1, in the Pride’s home opener on Saturday, September 4 and won again against the Sacred Heart University Pioneers 7-2 on Sunday. Hofstra climbs to 2-2 overall and Vermont stands 1-2 and Sacred Heart is 0-4.
Field hockey is not the most popular sport around the campus or in the country in general, but it’s about time they get their due credit. After winning their last six and breezing through conference play, Hofstra looks like it if they make it, they can be a force in post-season play.
At the start of the season a lot lingered in the air for the relatively young team. While Ashleigh Daniels and Kristin Thompson have had strong careers at Hofstra, they are the only two seniors and the upper class strength seemed to be lacking.
Freshman, Krizia Layne, made the journey from Arima, Trinidad to be one of the Pride’s field hockey forward/midfielders. Layne made a smooth transition from Trinidad to Long Island thanks to her teammates, “I felt welcomed here, it was mostly because of the team,” she said.