Hofstra women's lacrosse vs. Boston College in-game blog

The 20th-ranked Hofstra women’s lacrosse team opens a challenging 2011 schedule in its season opener late Wednesday afternoon against 19th-ranked Boston College.

Wednesday’s opener with the Eagles is one of 10 games Hofstra has scheduled this season against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the preseason top 20 poll.

The Pride lost six of its top nine scorers, including two-time All-American Corrine Gandolfi, from last year’s team that went 12-6 and fell in the Colonial Athletic Association title game to James Madison. Hofstra still returns plenty of senior talent however on the defensive end led by Kate Hertsch, who was selected to play on the U.S. Senior National Team, and on offense with Stephanie Rice, who scored 23 goals last year. Sophomore midfielder Jill Maier also showed she has the capability to be an offensive force scoring 22 goals during her freshman campaign.

Wednesday’s opener against Boston College will be Hofstra’s first against the Eagles since suffering an 8-7 double overtime loss in 2005. Boston College finished last year 3-12 but is expected to be much stronger in 2011 as evidenced by their preseason ranking of 19.

Check in with "Inside the Pride" for live updates of the Hofstra women’s lacrosse season opener 15 minutes before the first draw Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. Comments and questions are also welcome and encouraged during the live in-game blog.

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