College Field Hockey
Rider University 2 Hofstra University 0
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.--Making her first collegiate start, freshman goalie Alicia Carthan (Bordentown) made four saves for her first shutout as the Rider University field hockey team upset Hofstra (4-2) by a 2-0 score in New York Sunday afternoon.
"We played well as a team," said head coach Lori Hussong. "I'm really pleased with the progress that we made. And Alicia played outstanding in goal and made the saves we needed her to make. She also helped generate our attack with her saves."
With 12 seconds left in the opening half, senior Gabby Burgo (Collingswood) scored her second of the season, tipping in a shot at the right post with freshman Rachel Ippolite (Woolwich Twp./Kingsway Regional) recording the assist as Rider (3-1) took a 1-0 lead into intermission. This is the second game in a row that Burgo has scored and she now has nine career goals for the Broncs.
With 21 minutes left in the game, Ippolite scored her second of the season, after a penalty corner with junior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain) picking up the assist to give the Broncs a 2-0 lead.
"Rachel is coming along and playing with more confidence," said Hussong. "She is not only an offensive threat with her big hits on the corners, she plays strong defensively as well. She is progressing well."
Rider out-shot the Pride 14-12 and held a 9-7 penalty corner advantage.
"We executed on our corner plays which we haven't done all season," Hussong said.
Kaitlyn De Turo made seven saves for Hofstra. Ippolite had four shots and Penas had three shots for the Broncs.
Sophomore Stacey Dileo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) made a defensive save for the Broncs.
"I really think Stacey was the player of the game," said Hussong. "She was everywhere on the field with her shutdown defense. She really keyed the victory."
Rider leads the all-time series 11-10.
Rider went 35-6 in the last two seasons, two of the losses coming against Hofstra, 5-2 in 2011 and 4-3 in 2010. Rider defeated the Pride 1-0 in 2009 with Hofstra winning 2-1 in 2008.
"This has been a tough place to play for us," Hussong added. "We've always had competitive games but sometimes we've been unlucky with the result. Hofstra is a really good team and today was a good test for us on the road."
Rider was coming off a suspended game at Lafayette Friday night (lightning) that saw the Broncs trail 2-0 with 6:15 left in the opening half when play was halted.
"We looked at the film from Friday and found that we really weren't moving down the field as a unit," Hussong said. "Even though we didn't finish that game yet, we were able to learn from it and made some adjustments and lineup changes today that were successful."
Winners of three in a row after opening the season with a loss at Drexel, Rider travels to Philadelphia Wednesday evening to face the Penn Quakers in a non-conference game.
"Penn is much improved," Hussong said about the 3-1 Quakers who Rider defeated by a 7-1 score in 2011 at Ben Cohen Field. "We just have to keep working hard and get better each time we step onto the field."