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.
And then there were eight. The Major League Baseball playoff field has been set. And, this year’s teams have all the familiar faces. Out of the eight teams, six have been in the World Series this decade, and five have won the title. Yet, each team has a different story.
Week two of the Colonial Athletic Association featured both a high and a low for men’s soccer. A thrilling 3-2 victory over Virginia Commonwealth University highlighted the Pride’s weekend, but a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Northeastern provides the lone blemish on the Pride’s conference record.
During last season’s meeting, the James Madison Dukes demolished the Hofstra Pride, 56-0, and the loss was personal for many of the Pride players — definitely for senior quarterback Cory Christopher.
Before every game, Monica Knight, the senior captain of the volleyball team, closes her eyes and visualizes the game for five minutes. Then, she leads her team onto the court and works her hardest to make sure those visions come true.
There was no question as to whether Knight would play volleyball in college or not, “it was a childhood dream,” she said. And one that came true.
Q. Why are New York sports fans like politicians and gymnasts?
A. Flip-flopping is part of the job.
How about those long suffering New York Jets faithful? Last season, after Gang Green beat the Titans in week 12 to hand the Titans their first loss of the season, New Yorkers – – and Jets fans in particular – – were ready to push Mike Bloomberg out of office and replace him with Brett Favre. Disappointing losses to the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks put the team out of the playoffs and Brett Favre on the fan’s fecal roster. Where is the loyalty?
Over the weekend, the Hofstra Women’s soccer team asserted themselves in the Colonial Athletic Association, winning both their games and maintaining a perfect 4-0 conference record.
Friday night in Fairfax, VA the Pride took the field against George Mason. The game represented a tremendous defensive effort for both squads, as there were only six total shots taken in the first half of regulation play.
Its already Week 4 and there has been mixed talk about the Giants. For the most part, fans deserve some credit for not being too short-sighted. They can look beyond their fantasy playbooks and recall that the Giants were a playoff team last year and picked up a ring two years ago. They also know it is early in the season.
This time factor has skeptics and believers constantly sounding their horns. While in some instances, (the Jets, for example), it makes sense not to get ahead of things. But for others, it is an opportunity to say “the Giants haven’t played any real teams yet.”
Tampa Bay was a walk through. The Lions could have put up a better fight, but I’m not here to bash Raheem Morris. Everyone knows that the Giants aren’t going to be really tested for another two weeks, when they face the Saints.
Over the years at Waldo Stadium, the home of the Western Michigan football, the Broncos have had 10 undefeated seasons, and under current Head Coach Bill Cubit, the Broncos have posted a 17-5 mark. So, the Pride (2-2) (0-1) knew coming into Waldo Stadium, they would have to play a mistake-free game to come away with the victory.
Well, the Pride did play turnover-free, for the first 12 minutes. However, they had two costly fumbles, and wasted unnecessary timeouts, which in the end came back to haunt them.
“Were still shooting ourselves in the foot too much, and we’ve got to eliminate mental mistakes,” said Hofstra Head Coach Dave Cohen following the game.
Junior forward Demont Mitchell was certainly the man of the match in a rain soaked game in Atlanta against Georgia State. Mitchell slammed home two goals in the Pride’s conference opener. Mitchell and the rest of the Pride made the most of their time in a game that was twice delayed thanks to lightning and was eventually called after 75 minutes.
The Pride’s record stands at three wins against four losses now, with a one win and zero loss record in Colonial Athletic Association play. The two to nothing win over the Panthers marks the first time the Pride have opened conference play with a victory since joining the CAA in 2002.