HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Hofstra University women made another big jump in the United Soccer Coaches poll this week, checking in at No. 11 in the weekly rankings, it was announced Tuesday.
It marked Hofstra’s highest ranking in program history for the second consecutive week. The Pride was ranked 14th last week.
Hofstra’s No. 11 position is also the highest for any Colonial Athletic Association team since William & Mary was ranked No. 11 on Nov. 8, 1999.
The Pride (9-1-0) is coming off of a 2-0 victory over Towson University, moving to 1-0 in CAA action. The win marked the sixth successive victory and fourth straight shutout for the Pride and the seventh clean sheet this season.
Hofstra has been remarkable on both sides of the ball this season, outscoring opponents, 28-4, through the first 10 matches. Defensively, the Pride has allowed 6.1 shots per game, while as a team, Hofstra ranks eighth nationally in shutout percentage and 12th in goals against average.
Goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich, who earned her sixth individual clean sheet of the season, is tied for the second-highest number of shutouts in the nation and is 14th overall in goals-against average.
On the attacking end, Hofstra’s 8.30 points per game is 18th nationally, while forward Miri Taylor is one of two players leading the country with 26 points this season. Taylor also ranks inside the top 20 in goals per game (sixth), points per game (third), total assists (17th), and total goals (fourth). Also making some noise in the national statistical rankings is forward Lucy Shepherd, who is 11th in assists and 14th in assists per game.
Florida State remained atop the poll, followed by Virginia, UCLA, Duke, North Carolina, Pepperdine, Stanford, Arkansas, Rutgers, TCU, and Hofstra.
Hofstra will face James Madison University Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.