Lucy Porter enjoyed a career night for Hofstra. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Lucy Porter recorded a hat-trick to pace the Hofstra University women to a 6-0 victory over Towson in their Colonial Athletic Association opener at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Thursday night.
It was the most goals the Pride has scored in a CAA match and most since a 9-1 win over Indiana State in 2014.
Hofstra’s previous high in CAA matches was five, which was set on several occasions.
Porter added an assist and Jeff Bouncore had a goal and two assists. Monique Iannella collected three assists, which tied the school record held by four other players
Porter’s three goals were the most by a Pride player since Leah Galton scored three against Towson Nov. 2, 2014. Her seven points were the most since Sam Scolarici had seven against Indiana State Sept. 7, 2014.
The Pride won for the third consecutive game and improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in league action as it began defense of its 2017 CAA title. Towson dropped its second game in a row and slipped to 3-7-1 overall and 0-1 in the CAA.
Hofstra scored four first-half goals with Porter getting things started with her third goal of the season at 14:57 as the sophomore converted a cross from Iannella for the 1-0 lead. Lucy Shepherd made it a 2-0 advantage at 24:35 with Porter and Buoncore earning assists. Sabrina Bryan put away another pass from Iannella at 37:07 for a 3-0 lead before Porter notched her second with Iannella and Miri Taylor getting assists for a 4-0 lead at 40:14.
Porter completed the hat-trick at 69:49 with Buoncore and Bryan getting the assists. Buoncore closed out the scoring with a penalty kick following a handball in the box at 78:42.
Jenna Borresen and Ashley Wilson split goalkeeping duties with Borresen making two first-half saves while Wilson was called upon for five stops in the second half. The tandem combined for their third consecutive clean sheet,
Hofstra had a 25-11 advantage in shots and a 7-2 lead in corner kicks. The 25 shots were a season high.
Towson goalkeeper Megan Collins stopped seven shots.
Hofstra visits James Madison University Sunday at 1 p.m.