March 19, 2011

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Balanced Effort Leads Hofstra Over Fairfield

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Freshman attacker Lindsay McKinnon led a balanced Hofstra attack with three goals as the Pride easily dispatched of Fairfield, 15-6, on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra had nine different goal scorers in the contest, with five different players scoring at least two goals.  The win ended a four-game losing skid for the Pride as Hofstra improved to 3-5 with the victory.  Junior midfielder Maryann Miller was Hofstra's leading scorer in the contest as she had two goals and two assists.

Junior goalie Jackie Pandolf had a game-high eight saves in the game for Hofstra to earn the win.  It marked the first game this season that Pandolf, who added two ground balls, had not reached double figures in saves.

Fairfield, which got a team-high three goals from Addie Reilly, falls to 5-3 with the loss.

Hofstra looked to be in trouble early in the contest as the Stags scored the first two goals of the game, both off the stick of Reilly, and led 2-0 three minutes into the game.

Sophomore attacker Claire Brady would get the Pride on the board with 24:24 left in the opening stanza before Fairfield extended the lead back to two goals with 23:20 to play on a goal from Amanda Best.

Hofstra would take over at that point, though, as the Pride scored the final seven goals of the opening half to lead 8-3 at the break.  McKinnon would lead the way in the run as she tallied all three of her goals during the 7-0 spurt to allow Hofstra to earn the five-goal advantage.

Fairfield opened the scoring in the second stanza as Jenna Slowey tallied an unassisted goal at the 28:39 mark before sophomore midfielder Jill Maier and freshman attacker Jenn Ward each scored to allow Hofstra to take a commanding 10-4 lead with just over 24 minutes left in regulation.

The Stags attempted to make a comeback as they scored the game's next two goals but Hofstra once again put together another huge scoring run as they notched the contest's final five goals to establish a new season-high in goals scored.

Senior attacker Stephanie Rice had three points on a goal and two assists in the game, while Brady chipped in with two goals and one assist.

Senior defender Bettina Mia null i led Hofstra in both ground balls and caused turnovers with three in each category.  Senior midfielder Jennalee Trombley had a team-best three draw controls for Hofstra, which held a 14-9 advantage in the game.

Best added two goals for Fairfield, while Renee L'Heureux picked up a game-high five ground balls.

Hofstra returns to action next Sunday when it hosts Notre Dame at 12 p.m.  The Fighting Irish was ranked No. 14 in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.


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