April 15, 2012

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Hofstra Women Take Over Third Place in CAA

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore attack Lindsay McKinnon tallied all four of her points (three goals and one assist) after halftime as the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team rallied from a 7-6 deficit on its way to a 13-9 victory over Delaware on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra also got four points from freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare, who added two goals and two assists for the Pride.

The win improves the Pride's record to 4-10 overall and 3-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Delaware falls to 4-11 and 2-3 in conference action.

Hofstra is now alone in third place in the conference standings, with Towson and James Madison tied for first at 5-0.

Hofstra was able to defeat the Blue Hens despite Delaware winning 14 of the 22 draw controls in the contest as the Pride controlled the game defensively. Hofstra had 13 caused turnovers in the game, tying a season-high, while holding Delaware to 21 shots. The Pride also won the ground ball battle, 17-15, over the Blue Hens.

Altomare opened the scoring in the game with an unassisted tally at the 28:47 mark before junior attack Claire Brady pushed the lead to 2-0 just over five minutes later.

Delaware knotted the score at two midway through the second half before Brady and Altomare each scored their second goals of the game a minute and a half apart to give Hofstra back the two-goal advantage.

The two teams would go into the halftime break tied at five as Delaware outscored Hofstra, 3-1, over the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza.

The Blue Hens continued their run as they scored two of the first three goals of the second half to lead 7-6 following an unassisted goal from Abbie Hartman.

In total the run was 5-2 in favor of Delaware as the visitors turned a 4-2 deficit with 12:57 left in the first half into a 7-6 lead with 24:03 remaining in the second half.

Trailing by one, McKinnon stepped up and carried Hofstra back into the lead as the second-year player scored back-to-back goals 1:03 apart to allow the Pride to regain the lead at 8-7 with 20:17 showing on the clock.

Junior attack Taylor Albright would add another goal for Hofstra to complete the 3-0 scoring run as the Pride would hold a 9-7 lead with 17:35 left in regulation.

After Delaware closed the gap to one with just over 16 minutes left, Hofstra would take control of the contest as they scored the game's next four goals to take a commanding 13-8 lead with just 27 seconds left. Delaware scored the game's final goal with one second remaining.

Brady finished with three goals for Hofstra, establishing a new career high, while McKinnon's four points marked a new career-high for her.

Senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf played 53:18 minutes in net for the Pride, earning her fourth win of the season with nine saves. She also had a team-best four ground balls.

Senior defender Elizabeth Zorovich had three ground balls and two caused turnovers for Hofstra.

Delaware got three points (two goals, one assist) from Chelsea Fay, while Shannon Burns and Caitlin McCartney added two goals apiece. Burns also had a game-high nine draw controls. Alex Zaugra had 10 saves for the Blue Hens.

Hofstra returns to action on Friday when it hosts Old Dominion at 4 p.m. The Pride will also host William & Mary next weekend as the Tribe visits on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game. Next weekend marks the end of the regular season for the Pride.  


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