Russell Picks Up 100th Win: Hofstra's 3-0 win over Marist in its season opener on August 29 marked the 100th career victory for Hofstra Head Coach JoAnne Russell, who has been the only coach in the 11-year history of the Pride program. She improved her overall record to 100-75-11 and became the sixth active head coach with 100 career wins at Hofstra. Volleyball coach Fran Kalafer, softball coach Bill Edwards, men's lacrosse coach John Danowski, mens soccer coach Richard Nuttall and football coach Joe Gardi have all compiled over 100 wins with the Pride.
Pistone Adds Another Game-Winner: Senior midfielder Marisa Pistone (Hicksville, NY/Hicksville) has made a habit throughout her career of making her goals count. She scored the first goal in Hofstra's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, when she bent a corner kick directly into the net. It was the 10th goal of her four-year career with the Pride. Remarkably, seven of those 10 goals have been game-winners, including all three of her goals last year (one of which came in a 3-0 regular season win over Delaware).
Hofstra Players On Irish National Team: As the United States Women's National Team tries to defend its World Cup title over the next few weeks, three of the Hofstra players can say they've seen the U.S. team up close. Senior midfielder Elaine O'Connor (Dublin, Ireland), senior defender Dolores Deasley (Drumkeen, Ireland) and junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY) are all members of the Ireland National team, which played the United States in an exhibition in Salt Lake City on June 14. O'Connor started that game and played all 90 minutes, while Deasley was a second half substitution and saw 35 minutes of playing time. Wachsberger did not see any action as the team's reserve goalkeeper. The United States won 5-0 behind two goals from Abby Wambach, a goal and two assists from Julie Foudy, and a second-half goal from Mia Hamm.
A Week Of Firsts: Four Hofstra players scored their first goals for the Pride in last week's victories. Senior midfielders Kendra Sullivan (Middleboro, MA) and Valerie Roesler (Sewell, NJ) and freshman back Bree Best (Queensland, Australia) all scored their first collegiate goals in a 6-1 win over Quinnipiac on Thursday. Sullivan and Best both scored their goals off corner kicks, while Roesler scored on a one-timer from 20 yards. Then, on Sunday, sophomore forward Ashley Shaban (Oakland, NJ) converted in the second half in the Pride's 2-0 win over Rutgers. Shaban did have two goals as a freshman at Rutgers last season, before transferring to Hofstra. Roesler also transferred from Rutgers last year, but was never teammates with Shaban in Piscataway.
Pride On Pace For Another 10-Win Season: With a 6-1 record through seven contests, Hofstra appears to have an excellent chance at winning 10 games this fall. It would mark the third year in a row and sixth time in the last seven years that the Pride has reached that milestone. Last year's team recorded the second-highest win total in school history with 14 wins.
Hofstra 10-Win Seasons
Home, Sweet Home: It remains to be seen if the Pride has as much of a home field advantage at its new stadium as it did at the old University Field. In its last four seasons at its old home pitch, Hofstra posted an impressive 31-5-2 record, including 9-1 last season (with the only loss a 2-1 defeat to eventual league champion James Madison). The Pride also had a 6-2-2 home record in 2001 and was 8-1 in both 1999 and 2000. Nationally- ranked Hartford accounted for two of those five losses, while nationally-ranked West Virginia picked up a 2-1 overtime win at University Field in 2001. All five of the teams to win at University Field qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Pride dropped its first ever game at the new stadium when it fell 1-0 to Central Connecticut despite outshooting the Blue Devils 13-4. Hofstra has since bounced back to win its last two games at Hofstra Soccer Stadium to improve to 33-6-2 at home since 1999.
Spreading The Wealth: Hofstra's had a lot of success in the last couple years by dividing up its offensive responsibilities. Even though senior forward Elyse Bizzozzaro (Manalapan, NJ) currently ranks 15th in the nation in scoring with six goals in six games, the Pride has spread the wealth around. So far this year, 10 players account for Hofstra's17 goals, while 13 players have contributed either a goal or an assist.
Seniority Rules: Hofstra's senior-dominated line-up is evident in the statistics as the team's top five scorers are all seniors (although leading scorer Elyse Bizzozzaro does have one year of eligibility remaining after redshirting with a knee injury as a freshman). Seven of the ten players with goals this season for the Pride are seniors, while senior midfielder Elaine O'Connor (Dublin, Ireland) and senior forward Brigit Canle (Lynbrook, NY) are also regular starters who have yet to score.