Rider 2 Hofstra 1 (ot)

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Release: September 13, 2013
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Nicole Hareau
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College Field Hockey
Rider University 2, Hofstra University 1 (ot)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.—Despite being out-shot 19-12, the Rider University field hockey team defeated Hofstra University 2-1 in overtime on Friday afternoon, improving to 4-1 on the season.

“We came out on fire,” said head coach Lori Hussong.  “We had a solid warm up and the players were focused and ready to play.  The energy was twice as much as our last game at Brown (a 3-2 loss).”

Freshman Nicole Hareau (Montevideo, Uruguay) took a pass from senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain) and beat the goalie one on one, 8:05 into the extra session for the final score.

“Sandra got the ball through the left side and went through one of the defenders,” said Hareau, describing the game-winner.  “I saw that I was open and shouted for the ball and she gave me a great pass and I hit it as hard as I could.”

“Nicole has come up clutch in a few games for us already,” said Hussong.  “She enjoys being out on the field and when she gets the opportunity to put the ball in the cage, she makes the most of it.”

“Today was a great team effort,” Hareau said.  “We are all really tired and it was a relief to get the win.”

For Hareau, the reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, it was her fourth goal in her first five collegiate games and the second game-winner.

“I still have a lot of things to improve on,” a modest Hareau said about the start to her collegiate career.  “Although I’ve scored a couple of goals, I still need to work on a lot of things.  If we keep working hard as a team, I’ll continue to get better as well.”

Penas, the preseason MAAC Player of the Year, now has 139 career points, third best all-time at Rider and five points behind Bronc Hall of Famer Christina Ang who had 144 points (66g, 12a) from 2001-04.

Freshman Carlota Clotet Alsina (Barcelona, Spain) gave Rider (4-1) a 1-0 lead 13:48 into the game with an unassisted goal, the first tally of her collegiate career.

“Carlota has been battling an ankle injury and today was her best game by far,” said Hussong.  “She had a slow start because of the injury but today, she went out there with intensity and hustled all over the field and came through for us.”

“We stole the ball and attacked back toward the Hofstra side,” Alsina remembered about the play which led to her goal.  “When I got the ball, I heard my coach yelling to ‘hustle’ so I really started hustling and I shot the ball on goal and when it went in I couldn’t believe it.  I was really happy to be able to score and help the team.  It was an amazing feeling.”

Hofstra tied the game with 14:07 left in regulation on a penalty corner.

The Pride held an 11-2 penalty corner advantage.

Sophomore Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mary’s) made six saves for Rider.

“We played a different system today,” Hussong said.  “We gave up some extra corners and shots but it really helped keep the ball out of our circle and the defense stepped up and played tough.  Junior defender Rachel Schwab (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) did a nice job helping out on the back line.”

Rider leads the all-time series 12-10.

The Broncs won at Hofstra 2-0 in 2012.  Hofstra won 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 is a good win for the program,” Hussong said.  “Hofstra is a strong, quality program and they are a tough team to beat, especially on their home field.”

Rider opens the home portion of the schedule on Friday, September 20 against Towson at 7 p.m. at Ben Cohen Field.

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