November 5, 2012
Hofstra women takes on host Boston College in Division I opening round
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - After capturing the Colonial Athletic Association championship, the Hofstra women will face Boston College at the Newton Soccer Complex in Newton, Mass. in the first round of the NCAA Division I women's tournament this weekend. Dates and game times will be announced shortly.
Hofstra (11-8-2) will make its fourth NCAA appearance and first since 2010. The Pride is coming off three dramatic games in the CAA tournament. As a fifth seed, Hofstra outlasted fourth-seeded Northeastern in penalty kicks on the road in the quarterfinals. The Pride advanced past top-seed and regular-season champion William and Mary on its home field before defeating UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime on Sunday in the finals to secure Hofstra's third CAA championship in program history.
The first-round game will mark the second time Hofstra has faced Boston College in the NCAA tournament. Hofstra lost to the Eagles in the second round in 2007.
Boston College (10-7-3) finished 4-5-1 in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference that lead all conferences with nine teams selected for the tournament. The Eagles are 2-6-1 in their last nine games, though three of those losses came by a goal.
Simon Riddiough won his second CAA title as head coach, leading the Pride to the title this season and in 2007. He was the top assistant coach on the 2005 team that won the first CAA crown in program history.
In the team's last two trips to the Division I Tournament, Hofstra has advanced to the second round. The 2010 team defeated UConn, 1-0, in the opening round before falling to No. 18 Boston College, 3-1. In 2007, Hofstra beat Ohio State, 1-0, in the opening round and took No. 6 Penn State into extratime before losing, 1-0.
In 2005, Hofstra fell, 3-0, to No. 21 West Virginia in the first round, marking Hofstra's first tournament game.