While Columbia field hockey matched a program record for goals in last week’s defeat of La Salle, the Lions will struggle to have a similar offensive output against Hofstra. The Light Blue team (2-2) will look to win its third consecutive game when they host Hofstra (4-2) today. The Pride is coming off a 2-0 loss to Rider but have won two of its last three games, including a 1-0 win versus Yale and a 5-1 defeat of St. Joseph’s.
The Pride’s defense has been dominant, allowing only seven goals in 420 total minutes of play. Junior Kaitlyn De Turo has led the defensive charge for Hofstra, accumulating 39 saves as well as two shutouts over the course of the season. But the Lions may have to capitalize on a potential vulnerability in Hofstra’s defense—the Pride has allowed over 80 shots this season as well as 46 shots on goal.
Hofstra’s offense is primarily led by sophomore Jonel Boileau and senior Micaela Gallagher, who have scored more than half of the Pride’s points so far this season. Boileau leads the Pride with seven points and one assist, while Gallagher has three goals and two assists this season. Freshman Lauren del Valle and senior Codi Nyland are also key contributors to the Pride attack, as both have scored game winning goals this season. Senior Columbia goalkeeper Christie O’Hara will be counted on to help keep Boileau and Gallagher from leading Hofstra to victory.
Columbia’s match against Hofstra will take place at 4 p.m. at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.