Hofstra defeats No. 12 Boston U. and earns significant program win
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Sophomore Jonel Boileau scored in the first half and the Pride defense made the goal stand up as Hofstra defeated No. 12 Boston University 1-0 in a non-conference game on Sunday. The Pride improved to 6-8 on the season while the Terriers slipped to 9-5.
The victory against Boston University is the Pride's highest-ranked victory in program history and the program's first win against a ranked opponent since a 3-2 victory against Albany in 2011.
In a first half highlighted by a strong defense on both sides, Boileau was able to carry the ball past the Terriers' defense and beat BU goalie Valentina Cerda Eimbcke for the 1-0 lead. It was Boileau's 10th goal of the season and second in as many games.
Defense was the name of the game as each team took three shots in the first half with Pride junior goalie Kaitlyn De Turo making two saves and Cerda Eimbcke making one.
The Terriers outshot Hofstra 8-4 in the final 35 minutes, but De Turo, who made seven of her nine saves in the second half, was up to the task. In the 40th minute, BU senior Macey Gaumond had back-to-back shots turned away by De Turo. The Terriers' best scoring opportunity came on a penalty stroke with 13:30 left to play. Senior Jacinda McLeod sent a slow rolling shot that De Turo easily stopped. Boston University fought to the very end as senior Tabi Hatch fired a shot as time expired.
The Terriers outshot Hofstra 11-7 and had five penalty corners to the Pride's one. De Turo made nine saves for Hofstra as the Pride snapped a five-game losing skid.