HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Hofstra University women took care of business in an impressive way Sunday.
After honoring its eight seniors prior to the game, but the Pride topped Elon, 2-0, to claim the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championship and earn the right to host the conference tournament.
The Pride (12-3-2, 8-0 CAA) has been dominant this season, outscoring its opponents, 20-2, over an 11-game unbeaten streak. Elon dropped to 8-5-4 overall and 1-3-3 in conference play.
Goalkeepers Jenna Borresen and Ashley Wilson teamed up to make five saves for the Pride’s 10th shutout of the season.
Two freshmen helped lift the Pride over the Phoenix, with Bella Richards getting Hofstra on the board in the 36th minute. Senior Rhian Cleverly took the initial shot, which ricocheted off the post and back to Richards, who put away a rebound amidst a flurry of shots for her second goal of the year.
Freshman Lucy Shepherd then tacked on the insurance goal in the 83rd minute, corralling a pass from senior Kristin Desmond and going one-on-one with the Elon goalkeeper, chipping it past for her third tally of the season.
Hofstra will host the CAA semifinals Nov. 3 and the championship game Nov. 5.
The Pride has a full week off before closing the regular season at Charleston Sunday at 1 p.m.