DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman forward Deirdre Duke notched four goals and Crystal Poland added two of her own, giving her another record, to help No. 10 Northeastern (12-3) to a 7-1 victory against conference foe Hofstra on Friday.
Poland’s four points in the game vaulted her to the top of the Northeastern record books, as she has amassed 163 points. On Oct. 3, against Harvard, Poland passed Diane Nasca and Mari Creatini for the most goals scored in four years. Friday, she passed Creatini’s 2004 record of 162 career points scored.
Duke’s four goals gave her 11 on the year and were the most scored by a Husky since Creatini accomplished the feat against UMBC on Sept. 21, 2003. Her eight points on the day were the most since Poland registered eight as a freshman against Harvard on Sept. 30, 2009.
In the first score of the game, Lindsay Bennett pushed the ball to Nicky Graham, who stopped and set up Poland’s drag flick for the score. Northeastern struck again two minutes later when Bennett passed to Duke in front of the cage. Duke put it home for the Huskies’ second goal of the day.
After a lull in play, the Huskies struck again. Kate Carlson’s shot deflected off of Kaitlyn De Turo’s pads, giving Duke a wide open line to the cage.
The Pride eventually snuck one past senior goalkeeper Lizzie Priest when Jillian Geysen was fed a pass from Jonel Boileau. Priest would only face two more shots in the game, saving both for a two-save win (her 44th of her career). In the final seven minutes, Cara Ahlgrim came in for Priest, registering a save, her first of the season.
Within three minutes after the Pride’s only score of the day, Duke completed a hat trick in the first period when she deflected a hard shot by Caroline Judge into the back of the net. Northeastern took a 4-1 lead into halftime, but the Huskies were far from finished.
Coming out of the break, NU kept up its first-half pace. The first goal of the second half went to Poland. The goal at 39:07, Poland’s CAA-best 22nd of the year, gave her the record-clinching 164th point and earned Northeastern a 5-1 lead. A meager 24-seconds later, Duke recorded her fourth goal of the game for NU’s sixth of the day.
Bennett capped off Northeastern’s afternoon with a goal of her own at the 55:12 mark, her third goal of the year and fourth point of the game.