HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – For the first time this season, the Hofstra University women were ranked in two national polls including the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll and the Top Drawer Soccer poll.

The Pride also was slotted No. 4 in the NCAA Division I women’s soccer RPI.

Hofstra jumped into the USC poll for the first time this season at No. 25 after receiving votes several weeks in a row. The school also is slotted No. 17 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll, moving up from No. 20 two weeks ago.

The Pride’s No. 4 RPI ranking is behind Florida State, Washington, and North Carolina. The RPI ranking was the highest in program history.

Head coach Simon Riddiough’s squad is 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play, marking the best start for the program since 1994. Hofstra has one of the most high-powered offensive forces in the nation. The Pride has outscored opponents 24-5 this season while posting a 100-24 advantage in shots.

Hofstra’s two 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list honorees, Sabrina Bryan and Lucy Porter, continue to lead the attack. Bryan has a team-high 22 points on six goals and 10 assists, while Porter has 17 points from a team-high seven goals and three assists. Junior Miri Taylor is third with 13 points (four goals, five assists) while Lucy Shepherd has three goals and one assist for seven points.

As of March 29, Bryan and Porter are within the top five nationally in several statistical categories. They are inside the top five in the nation in points per game with Bryan leading the nation with 3.67 points per game. Porter is fourth with 2.83 points per contest. Bryan also leads the nation in assists per game (1.67) and is second in total assists (10), while Porter is fifth with 1.17 goals per game.

Hofstra is first in the nation in points per game, first in scoring offense, (4.00) second in assists per game (4.33), and sixth in corner kicks per game (7.83).

The Pride travels to Drexel University for a a2 p.m. game Thursday.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.