Big upsets can be rare in the first round of the women’s Division I NCAA tournament, but one or two seeded teams always seem to tumble.
Those games tend to be close, low-scoring affairs or a lower RPI side coming away with a win on penalties.
Nobody told that to Hofstra on Friday.
Making the trip up to Boston College, the CAA tournament champs took a 1-0 lead in the first half thanks to Lucy Porter. A flurry of two goals in the 71st and 75th minute extended their lead to 3-0, coming away as 4-1 winners.
Player of the Week: Lucy Porter, Hofstra
Porter, who opened the scoring, chipped in an assist on Sabrina Bryan’s first goal, which stood up as the winning tally.
See who joined Porter on the Team of the Week below.
Team of the Week: November 5-11
GK Caroline Brockmeier, LSU – Last week’s Player of the Week was the hero again for LSU, which won 2-1 in a penalty shootout against Boston University. With her teammates missing the first three attempts, Brockermeier made four straight stops in the shootout to secure progress.
D Justis Bailey, Lipscomb – Bailey helped the Lipscomb back line weather Mississippi State’s ferocious attack, keeping a clean sheet through 109 minutes. The defender glanced home the winning goal as the Atlantic Sun side progressed to the second round.
D Grace Johnson, Mississippi – Johnson headed home the game-winning goal for the Rebels, as they picked up a 2-1 win away from home against Clemson. Scoring in the 54th minute, the sophomore defender helped to maintain the advantage.
M Alea Hyatt, USC – The Women of Troy made a statement in the first round, heading to Tallahassee on the back of a 6-0 win against a talented Long Beach State side. Hyatt scored a goal and setup two others in Friday’s victory.
M Lucy Porter, Hofstra – In her second season with the Pride, Porter’s picked the perfect time to find her scoring touch. Her goal against Boston College was the third straight in three games, taking her to 11 on the season.
F Bunny Shaw, Tennessee – Another game, another huge performance from Shaw. With Tennessee hosting Louisville, the Volunteers gave up the game’s first goal. Shaw scored twice within 11 minutes late in the second half as the SEC side picked up a 2-1 victory.
F Kirsten Davis, Texas Tech – A sophomore from St. Louis, Davis had a hand in all three Red Raider goals in a 3-0 win over Princeton in the first round. She scored once and setup the other two as the Big 12 side advanced.
Honorable Mention: F Katie McClure (Kansas), F Hailey Smith (Washington State), GK Kate Mason (Lipscomb), F Amanda Carolan (Georgetown), D Naomi Girma (Stanford), F Bridgette Andrzejewski (North Carolina)