Hofstra Women's Lacrosse Finds Itself in Unfamiliar Territory

After dropping two tough Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) games to Delaware and Towson this past weekend to open the conference slate, the Hofstra women’s lacrosse team finds itself in some unchartered waters and will need to dig deep in order to be apart of postseason play come May.

Not since Hofstra’s first season of CAA play in 2002 have the Pride began conference play 0-2. In that year Hofstra actually began 0-3 in the conference but still managed to qualify for the then six-team CAA Tournament, where it fell to James Madison 13-4 in the quarterfinals. The CAA women’s lacrosse tournament now only consists of four teams however and at 0-2 the Pride will have very little room for error in its final five conference games.
“It’s tough being 0-2 in the CAA,” said Hofstra women’s lacrosse head coach Abby Morgan after the Pride’s 18-9 home loss to Towson Sunday afternoon in which the Pride were unable to hold onto an early 5-0 lead. “It’s not a good feeling, that’s for sure.”
Hofstra’s hope of turning around its CAA fortunes starts this weekend with crucial road games at William & Mary and Old Dominion. With a Southern Virginia sweep the Pride will be very much alive in the playoff race when it entertains George Mason and James Madison the following weekend. Winning four of its final five CAA games may be what is needed to earn one of those four CAA postseason spots, but the Pride learned the hard way in 2008 and 2009 that even a 4-3 record does not assure games in May.
“Everyone in that locker room knows that we have the potential to win games, beat great teams, play the way that we play because we’ve done it already,” said Morgan. “In the CAA you control your own destiny. You win you’re in.”

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