March 27, 2011

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Hofstra Stuns Notre Dame with Furious Four-Goal Rally

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Freshman attacker Lindsay McKinnon capped a stunning 4-0 game-ending run for the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team as the Fairport, NY native notched a free-position goal with 7.8 seconds remaining to lift the Pride past No. 17 Notre Dame, 10-9, on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

McKinnon was stellar throughout the game as she tied for team-high honors in points with two goals and two assists, while senior attacker Stephanie Rice tallied three goals and an assist in the contest.  Junior goalie Jackie Pandolf continued her outstanding play this season as she had a game-high 11 saves, including several from point blank range.

The win was Hofstra's second straight and improves the Pride's record to 4-5 this season.  Notre Dame falls to 3-5 with the loss.  The win was Hofstra's first in the series with Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish had won the three previous meetings by a combined four goals.

The game marked the end of the Pride's non-conference schedule in 2011 as Hofstra will begin Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play on Friday, April 8 at Delaware (7 p.m.).  Hofstra returns home to James M. Shuart Stadium on Sunday, April 10 when it hosts Towson at 1 p.m.

Hofstra trailed the Fighting Irish, 9-6, with just over seven minutes left in the second stanza before sophomore midfielder Jill Maier began the game-ending run with a free-position goal of her own.

Maier's goal with 7:27 left on the clock made the score 9-7 in favor of Notre Dame, but Hofstra would need another three minutes before they closed the gap any further.  The Pride narrowed the deficit to 9-8 with 4:30 to play as Rice scored off an assist from senior midfielder Jennalee Trombley.  The comeback would be complete with just under three minutes remaining as Maier scored her third goal of the game and second of the game-ending run to even the score at nine with 2:48 remaining in the second half.

Hofstra went into the halftime break trailing 6-5 as Notre Dame used a late 3-0 run to turn a 4-3 Pride lead into a 6-4 Fighting Irish advantage with 2:21 left in the opening half following a goal from Kailene Abt.  Hofstra scored the final goal of the half as Trombley scored off a feed from Rice with 1:10 left before the break to close the gap to one.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as it featured five tie scores and five lead changes.  Notre Dame opened the scoring at the 28:06 mark as Maggie Tamasitis scored before Hofstra answered with two straight to take its first lead of the game.  Rice scored the Pride's first goal, while freshman attacker Jenn Ward put Hofstra ahead for the first time in the contest with a goal at the 21:54 mark off an assist from McKinnon.

Hofstra, which played today without two key starters in senior defender Bettina Mianulli and sophomore attacker Claire Brady, got three draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers from senior defender Katie Hertsch.  Pandolf led Hofstra with a career-high nine draw controls, while sophomore midfielder Casey Kellogg and junior defender Chrissy Jones tied Pandolf and Hertsch for team-high honors with two caused turnovers.

Tamasitis led Notre Dame with five points on two goals and three assists, while Shaylyn Blaney had three goals and one assist.  Blaney added five draw controls, four caused turnovers and two ground balls in the contest as well.  Abt chipped in with three points (two goals, one assist) and four draw controls.


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