Hofstra Pride Remembers Fallen Star Jonel Boileau

May 03, 2019, 11 a.m. (ET)

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Content courtesy of Jim Sheehan, Hofstra University

The Hofstra Field Hockey program, in conjunction with the Hofstra Department of Athletics, had a day of remembrance, fellowship and field hockey on Saturday, April 27 as the Pride celebrated the life of standout alumnae Jonel Boileau, '15.

Alumni, friends, family, former teammates, the current Pride Field Hockey team, and even opponents attended the day's events to honor the Hofstra standout who passed away from cancer on December 21, 2018. Boileau was 25 years old.

Boileau was a four-year letter winner for the Hofstra Field Hockey team from 2011 through 2014. An outstanding student-athlete both on the field and in the classroom, Boileau started all 80 games at forward during her career and recorded 48 goals and 18 assists for 114 points. At the time of her graduation, she ranked third in goals, fourth in points and seventh in assists on the all-time Hofstra career charts.

Boileau also was named the CAA Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior and was a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection as well as a four-time CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient.


Saturday's Celebration of Life began with the inaugural Jonel Boileau Memorial Alumnae Game. The chilly morning could not stop a spirited contest among Pride alumni. At noon, the current Hofstra team concluded their spring season with a game against the Broncs of Rider University.


Following the spring game, a postgame tailgate was held before new Hofstra Field Hockey Coach Courtney Veinotte served as host of the tree dedication and unveiling of a plaque ceremony in honor of Boileau at the entrance of the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium. Veinotte and Robert DiMonda, Hofstra Assistant Athletic Trainer, spoke during the ceremony before the plaque, covered by a commemorative shirt with Boileau's #11, was unveiled. Alan Boileau, Jonel's father, then spoke to the gathered crowd, thanking Hofstra and talking about what the University meant to Jonel and the Boileau Family.

As a freshman in 2011, Jonel garnered Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team honors before earning three All-CAA awards including second team honors as a sophomore and first team accolades as a junior and senior. In her final season in 2014, Boileau led the CAA in goals (16) and points (38) and was named the CAA Player of the Year. She earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Mid-East Region honors three times including first team awards in 2013 and 2014 and second team accolades in 2012.

The day wrapped up with an informal Celebration of Life social, with friends, family, staff and alumni, at the Margiotta Hall Pride Lounge that lasted more than three hours. The event was spearheaded by several of Jonel's teammates, including countrywomen Gillian Kirkpatrick. The social included many photos and a video presentation of Jonel and her many friends and travels.