Lucy Porter scored Hofstra’s first goal. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Lucy Porter and Sabrina Bryan scored goals as the third-seeded Hofstra University women defeated top-seeded James Madison, 2-0, Saturday to claim the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division I tournament.
Hofstra (15-5-1) , which won its second consecutive CAA title and fifth overall, extendeds its winning streak to a season-bet six games.
The Pride got on the board in the 14th minute following a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Miri Taylor’s attempt was blocked by the wall and another shot also was blocked. The ball came out to Porter on the left side and she buried her shot for her 10th goal this season.
The Dukes (11-8-1) had a great chance to tie the score but Haley Crawford’s uncontested shot from inside the box hit the side of the net in the 19th minute.
The score remained that way until the 56:08 mark when Bryan converted a rebound off a Jenn Buonacore shot for her 11th goal. The assist was Buoncore’s school-record 13th of the season.
Hofstra outshot the Dukes, 12-9. Hofstra goalkeepers Jenna Borresen (no saves) and Ashley Wilson (two) combined for the clean sheet. Hannah McShea had four saves for the Dukes.
Bryan, Porter, Kelly Gerdes and Madeline Anderson were named to the CAA All-Tournament Team with Anderson earning CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player honors.
The Pride will learn its NCAA Tournament opponent Monday at 4:30 p.m.