Rain could not dampen the Pride as it defeated the Fairfield University Stags 6-5 Friday. With this victory, Hofstra extends their current win streak to five games.
Hofstra struck first with Marloes Schavemaker scoring her first goal of the season at the 4:49 mark.
The lead would not hold for long though, because at 10:49, Fairfield’s Ann Burgoyne evened things out at one a piece.
The next four minutes of play was all Hofstra offensively, with two shots on goal by Germany native Stella Schoen, resulting in two penalty corners.
Finally at the 14:11 mark, Schoen assisted sophomore Madison Reed for her first goal of the year.
Just over two minutes later, Pride senior Carissa Witmer, found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season. Emily Gallagher and captain Colby Hussong provided the assist.
The two-goal lead would last five minutes as Fairfield’s Erin Buckley scored on a penalty stroke in the 27th minute.
Hofstra responded quickly with senior Claudia Marin Samper scoring her team high eleventh goal of the season at the 27:39 mark.
Just seconds before the clock ran out, Stags midfielder Julie de Paeuw would make it 4-3 to close the half.
Hofstra head coach Kathy De Angelis continued her season-long use of a tandem goalie system in the second half, with Carys Swan replacing Lauren Saltus.
There would not be any scoring until the 44:52 mark, as Schavemaker found Schoen for her eighth goal of the year to make it 5-3 Pride.
Five minutes later, the Stags’ de Paeuw would return the favor with her second goal of the game to make it 5-4.
Schoen would find the back of the net again at 60:30, giving Hofstra a two-goal lead once again.
The Stags made sure they would not go down without a fight. Fairfield’s Maddi Haberl scored her second goal of the season at 65:26 making it 6-5 Hofstra. Fortunately for the Pride, that’s where it would stand.
Schoen’s two goals gives her nine total for the season. She also had an assist and five shots on goal.
Saltus finished with no saves allowing three goals, while Swan finished with four saves and two goals allowed.
The win was Hofstra’s fifth in a row, and it seems that the Pride is firing on all cylinders after an inauspicious start to the season.
After a 2-4 stretch that included losses to ranked opponents including Syracuse University and the University of Albany, the Pride has hit its stride just in time for conference play.