Courtesy Hofstra Athletic Communications
It has been a tale of home and away for Hofstra field hockey so far in 2010 with the Pride a perfect 6-0 on the friendly turf of Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium but a winless 0-7 on the road. After winning a must-win game over William & Mary 3-0 on Friday afternoon to keep its postseason hopes alive, Hofstra (6-7, 1-3 in Colonial Athletic Association) will look to keep the home magic cooking this Sunday with another crucial contest against 19th ranked Old Dominion.
“Knowing that we know this turf and we play on it every day it definitely helps our confidence level,” said Hofstra junior goalkeeper Amanda Heyde (pictured), who recorded her second shutout of the season with an eight save performance against William & Mary on Friday.
Heyde will be tested Sunday against Old Dominion, a longtime field hockey power with nine national titles, who last year the Pride shocked 6-5 after rallying from a four goal second half deficit. Hofstra field hockey head coach Kathy De Angelis said Heyde’s solid play in net has helped solidify the Pride’s defense, and she will need to continue to step up big on Sunday if the Pride are to knock off Old Dominion for a second year in a row.
“Her consistency has been fantastic and that is really what has been able to keep our defense steady,” said De Angelis of Heyde. “If she can continue this, which I know she can, it is going to be a huge, huge impact for us against Old Dominion.”