Norfolk, VA - Pam Aldridge scored twice and goalie Lizzie Priest made 11 saves to lead the 18th-ranked Huskies of Northeastern to a 4-2 victory over the Hofstra Pride in the semifinals of the CAA Virginia 529 Field Hockey Championship at the Powhatan Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.


The second-seed Huskies, who improve to 14-6 on the season, will advance to Sunday's CAA title game against top seed and second-ranked Old Dominion at 1 p.m. The Pride end their season with a 13-9 mark. It was Hofstra's fourth 13-win season under head coach Kathy De Angelis since 2004.

Hofstra received goals from seniors Genna Kovar and Arielle Williams while senior goalie Amanda Heyde made 11 saves in the Pride net. In addition to Aldridge and Priest, the Huskies, who outshot the Pride, 25-20, received goals from Crystal Poland and Carolyn Malloy while Nicky Graham added two assists.


Northeastern scored the first three goals of the contest including the first two in the first half. Poland started the run at the 4:44 mark, notching her 27th goal of the season off a penalty corner with Graham assisting. Almost five minutes later, Aldridge scored her seventh of the season on a pass back from Graham for a 2-0 lead.


The score remained that way until 38 seconds into the second half when Aldridge notched her second of the game and eighth of the year on a shot from the left side. Pride senior Arielle Williams put Hofstra on the board at the 51:36 mark, following a penalty corner, as senior Amy-Lee Levey fed Williams for her sixth goal of the year to cut the deficit to 3-1.


But Malloy boosted the lead back to three for the Huskies with her third goal of the year, deflecting Allison Conti's shot in front at the 54:40 mark. Hofstra senior Genna Kovar, who was named to the All-CAA first team on Friday, scored her 28th goal of the season and the 57th of her illustrious career, weaving through traffic and scoring from five yards out with 13:02 to play to close out the scoring. The Pride had just one shot in the final 13 minutes as the Huskies advanced to the championship game.