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Hofstra's Jill Mulholland

Hofstra Draws BC In NCAA WSOC Championship

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 11/05/2012
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Hempstead, N.Y. - After capturing the CAA championship, the Hofstra women's soccer team will face Boston College on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Soccer Complex in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Hofstra (11-8-2) will be making its fourth NCAA appearance and first since 2010. The Pride is coming off three dramatic games in the CAA tournament. As a fifth seed, Hofstra outlasted fourth-seeded Northeastern in penalty kicks on the road in the quarterfinals. The Pride then advanced past top-seed and regular season champion William and Mary on its home field before defeating UNCW, 2-1, in double overtime on Sunday in the finals to secure Hofstra's third CAA championship in program history.

The first-round contest will mark the second time Hofstra has faced Boston College in the NCAA Tournament. Hofstra lost to the Eagles in the second round in 2010.

Boston College (10-7-3) finished 4-5-1 in a competitive Atlantic Coast Conference that topped all conferences with nine teams in the tournament. The Eagles are 2-6-1 in their last nine games, though three of those losses came by a single goal.

Thirty conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2012 championship, while the remaining 34 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds.

Hofstra head coach Simon Riddiough won his second CAA championship as the head coach, leading the Pride to the title this season and in 2007. He was the top assistant coach on the 2005 team that won the first CAA crown in program history.

In the team's last two trips to the NCAA Tournament, Hofstra has advanced to the second round. The 2010 squad defeated UConn, 1-0, in the opening round before falling to No. 18 Boston College, 3-1. In 2007, Hofstra beat Ohio State, 1-0, in the opening round and took No. 6 Penn State into overtime before losing, 1-0.

In 2005, Hofstra fell, 3-0, to No. 21 West Virginia in the first round, marking Hofstra's first-ever tournament game