Maier Keys Hofstra's Second-Half Comeback
from press release
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Sophomore midfielder Jill Maier tallied a career-high with six goals, including five in the decisive second half, to lead the No. 20 Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team to a come-from-behind 13-9 victory over Denver on Friday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Maier was not alone in leading the Pride to the victory as senior defender Katie Hertsch was stellar throughout the contest, contributing game-highs of seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. The seven ground balls were a new career-high for Hertsch.
The six goals doubled Maier's previous career-high as the talented second-year player notched three goals on three separate occasions during her rookie campaign.
The win was Hofstra's second straight and improves the Pride's record to 2-1 this season. Denver, meanwhile, falls to 0-3 in 2011.
Denver took a 7-6 halftime advantage as the Pioneers scored two straight goals midway through the first stanza to lead 4-3 after a goal from Kara Secora.
The game would be tied at five after an unassisted goal from freshman attack Lindsay McKinnon before Denver got goals from Lauren Ciccomascolo and Melissa Maier to lead 7-5 with 4:30 remaining in the opening period.
Hofstra would take the momentum into the break as senior attack
Stephanie Rice scored a free-position goal with just three seconds
remaining to cut the deficit to 7-6 for the Pride.
The Pride would take complete control coming out of the intermission as Hofstra scored the first four goals of the second stanza to open a 10-7 advantage, forcing Denver to utilize its first timeout of the contest.
Maier was the star early on in the second half for Hofstra as she had three goals in the first four minutes of the second stanza. In fact, Maier would score five of Hofstra's first six goals in the second half, the last one coming at the 19:58 mark that gave the Pride a commanding 12-7 advantage.
Denver managed to cut the Hofstra lead to 12-9 with two straight goals, but Rice put the finishing touches on the win with a free-position goal at the 3:24 mark to close the scoring in the game.
Rice added three goals, three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control for Hofstra, while sophomore attack Claire Brady chipped in with two goals. Freshman midfielder Alex Mezzanotte added two assists, three draw controls and a caused turnover for the Pride.
Denver was led by Melissa Maier, who had two goals and two assists. Secora finished with one goal and two assists for the Pioneers, while Annabelle Gilbride picked up three ground balls.
Junior goalie Jackie Pandolf earned the win in net for Hofstra with 10 saves. She now has double-digit saves in each of Hofstra's first three games this season.
Ashley Harman took the loss for Denver, making three saves in 37:14 minutes of action.
Hofstra returns to action on Saturday, March 5 when it travels to Albany for a 12 p.m. contest.