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O'Connor Moving Up Assist Chart: Senior midfielder Elaine O'Connor (Dublin, Ireland) has cemented her reputation as one of the top playmakers in the history of the Hofstra program. O'Connor missed the 2001 season due to personal reasons, and Hofstra managed just 23 goals in 19 games. Thanks in large part to O'Connor's return last year, the Pride upped its total to 41 goals in 20 games in 2002, and has 17 goals in seven games so far this year. O'Connor's 10 assists last fall rank as the second highest single-season total in Hofstra history, just two behind the school record of 12 set by Kara Ahlfeld in 1994. In addition, she now has 21 assists in her career, leaving her five shy of the career record held by Jerilyn Marinan (1997-2000).

Top 5 Hofstra Career Assist Leaders

No.

Name

Years

26

Jerilyn Marinan

1997-2000

21

Elaine O'Connor

1999-pres

17

Heather Kain

1995-1998

17

Suzanne Newell

1994-1997

17

Penny Stansfield

1997-2000

Bizzozzaro Cracks Top 5: Senior forward Elyse Bizzozzaro (Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) moved into the top five on Hofstra's all-time career scoring list with her two goals against Quinnipiac on Sept. 16. Bizzozzaro now has 18 goals in her career with the Pride, putting her in fifth place in school history. Bizzozzaro will also have another season of eligibility after this year, since she played in only two games as a freshman in 2000 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. The extra season could give her a chance to challenge the school record of 39 goals, which is held by Christa Eidenweil (1997- 2000). She currently has six goals in six games played this fall, which ranks her 15th in the nation in goals per game (1.0). She also was out of action in the Pride's only loss this fall, a1-0 defeat to Central Connecticut on Sept. 13, when she was serving a one-game suspension for picking up two yellow cards in the previous contest.

Top 10 Hofstra Career Goal Leaders

No.

Name

Years

39

Christa Eidenweil

1997-2000

36

Suzanne Newell

1994-1997

27

Jerilyn Marinan

1997-2000

22

Penny Stansfield

1997-2000

18

Elyse Bizzozzaro

2000-pres

17

Allyson Pullano

1998-1999

17

Carlene Wawrzonek

1994

15

Heather Kain

1995-1998

12

Charity Schmitt

2000-pres.

11

Colleen Montague

1993-1994

11

Debbie Johnson

1993-1994

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Wachsberger Among Nation's Top Keepers: Junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger currently ranks 13th in the nation in goals against average at 0.43 goals per game. Last season, she ranked 15th in the country in that category at 0.69. For her career, she has picked up 13 shutouts in 27 starts while sharing a shutout in a 14th start (last year vs. Stony Brook). This season, she has yielded only three goals in seven games, one of which came on a penalty kick. She has also shut out eight of her last 12 opponents dating back to last year, and has not allowed more than one goal in any of the last 13 games. In fact, she has been scored on more than once only three times in her 27 career starts (all losses). Her career record currently stands at 20-6-1.

Dee-Fense: Wachsberger's strong goalkeeping numbers are not all her doing. The Hofstra defensive unit has done an exceptional job this season at limiting scoring opportunities for the opposition. In fact, through seven games, opponents have taken only 32 shots all season, or just 4.6 per game. By contrast, Hofstra has taken 98 shots, a ratio of better than 3:1. What makes those numbers especially impressive is that Hofstra lost three members of its starting back four from last year. Only senior Dolores Deasley (Drumkeen, Ireland) remains from last year's starting defense. Sophomore Amber Albrecht (Fairfield, CT) came off the bench as a midfielder last year, but was moved to center back this fall. Freshman Jacki Pollaro (Wayne, NJ) has taken over one of the starting positions at outside back in her rookie season, while junior Kristina Covelli (Carlisle, Ontario) has emerged as a starter as well after coming off the bench her first two seasons. Senior forward Brigit Canle (Lynbrook, NY) also filled in at center back for the first two games while Deasley was overseas competing with the Irish team at the World University Games in Korea.

Pollaro Named CAA Rookie of the Week: Freshman back Jacki Pollaro (Wayne, NJ) earned the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week Award on Monday after helping the Pride to a pair of victories. In those two wins (6-1 over Quinnipiac and 2-0 over Pittsburgh), Hofstra allowed a combined total of only four shots. Quinnipiac managed just one shot, which came on a penalty kick in the final three minutes of regulation (with Pollaro already on the bench). Pittsburgh, meanwhile, managed just three shots in its 2-0 defeat.

Sibling Rivalry: Freshman back Jacki Pollaro (Wayne, NJ) will have some family bragging rights at stake when the Pride faces Delaware in its CAA opener on Friday night. Pollaro's older sister, Maria, is a senior midfielder for the Blue Hens. Both are expected to be in their respective team's starting line-ups.

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