February 19, 2012

Hofstra Overcomes Five-Goal Deficit to Beat Colgate

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf started off the 2012 campaign in fine fashion as the Pride's netminder had 16 saves to lead the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over Colgate in the squad's season opener.

Colgate falls to 0-2 with the loss.

Hofstra stormed back in the contest as the Pride trailed 6-1 with 12:17 left in the first half after a goal from Colgate's Courtney Miller. Following that tally, Hofstra would score eight straight goals to lead 9-6 with 23:16 left in the second stanza.

The save total for Pandolf was one off of her career of 17 set against William & Mary last May.

Hofstra was led in scoring in the contest by junior midfielderJill Maier and senior midfielder Maryann Miller, who each tallied two goals. Maier also added three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Miller chipped in with three draw controls.

After falling behind by five, freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare started the Pride run with her first career tally at the 6:03 mark of the first half. That goal would kick-start a 3-0 Hofstra scoring run to end the half as Maier and Miller each scored their first goals of the contest.

After closing the first stanza with three straight goals, the Pride would continue to roll in the final 30 minutes as they began the half with five straight goals to earn the 9-6 advantage with 20:50 remaining following a goal from sophomore attack Lindsay McKinnon.

The goal from McKinnon would prove to be the game-winner for the Pride as the Raiders scored twice in the final 13-plus minutes but Hofstra was able to make the lead stand up in earning the victory.

Pandolf's final save of the day would prove to be the biggest of the game as she stopped Colgate's Courtney Miller with two seconds left to preserve the win.

Sophomore defender Jamie D'Arco led Hofstra with four ground balls, while Pandolf added a trio of ground balls.

Altomare had a goal and an assist for the Pride in her collegiate debut.

Colgate was led by Courtney Miller's three goals.

Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Fairfield for a 3 p.m. contest.


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