FH: Hofstra Hits the Road for America East Foes

Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra field hockey team will leave the friendly confines of the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium for the next set of games, as a pair of America East opponents is up next. The Pride will take on Vermont this Friday (Sept. 10) at 2 p.m., followed by a meeting with UMass Lowell on Sunday (Sept. 12) at 1 p.m.

Both games will be streamed live on America East TV, and live stats will be available for both games this weekend. These links can be found at the top of this release and on the Hofstra field hockey schedule page on GoHofstra.com.

Hofstra enters this road swing sporting a 2-2 record following a 2-0 defeat to Temple on Friday and a 5-3 victory over Davidson on Sunday. Freshman Lara Borensztein was named the CAA Rookie of the Week after scoring twice against Davidson on Sunday, including what would turn out to be the game-winner against the Wildcats, while fellow first-year student-athletes Simryn Desai and Lieke Gorsse tallied a goal and an assist and junior Merlijn van der Vegt made eight saves between the posts on Sunday. Against Temple, van der Vegt recorded two saves.

The Pride have scored 10 goals in four games this season, with Borensztein and Mercedes Currie leading the team with three goals each, putting them in a tie with numerous other players for 25th in the country in scoring, while Gorsse is tied for the team lead in point as with two goals and two assists. Desai has also been a productive member of the team in her first season, posting five points on two goals and one assist in four games. The defense, led by senior Djuna Slort, has performed well, allowing eight goals on the year, while van der Vegt has made 20 saves on the year and has accumulated a .714 save percentage.

Vermont enters Friday at 2-2 following wins over Sacred Heart and Holy Cross and defeats to No. 14 Syracuse and Massachusetts. The Catamounts, picked eighth in the America East Preseason Poll, are led by two-time America East All-Conference Second Team selection Clodagh Ferry with four goals, while Sophia Drees has contributed a goal and two assists from the defense. In net for the Catamounts looks to be Sierra Espeland, as she has started all four games this season and has posted 26 saves and a .703 save percentage.

UMass Lowell comes into this weekend with a 1-1 record following a 5-0 win over Bryant before dropping a 1-0 home decision to sixth-ranked Connecticut. Picked fourth in the America East Preseason Poll, the River Hawks sport a very balanced offense, with five players having scored once two games into the 2021 season. Lara Ansaldi leads the team with three points on a goal and an assist, while four other players have scored one goal for the River Hawks. Eleonore Boekhorst has started both games in net for UMass Lowell, and has made eight saves while allowing just one goal on the year.

Hofstra is 7-7 all-time against Vermont. The Pride last played the Catamounts in a home game in 2019, with Vermont coming away with a close 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, Hofstra holds a 7-1-1 all-time record over the River Hawks, but dropped the last meeting in 2018.