April 19, 2013

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Hofstra Snaps Towson's 17-Game CAA Streak

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore attack Brittain Altomare had a team-high two goals and sophomore goalie Kelsey Gregerson made six saves, including one at point-blank range with ten seconds remaining, as the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team stunned Towson, 6-5, on Friday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The win by Hofstra ended Towson’s conference win streak at 17 games. The streak dated back to April 2011.

Gregerson made five of her saves in the second half as the Hofstra defense clamped down and held Towson to just one goal after intermission.

The win moved Hofstra’s record to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Towson suffered its first conference loss of the season and falls to 7-8 and 5-1 in league action.

Senior attack Taylor Albright had a strong game for the Pride as well as she contributed a goal and an assist. Freshman midfielder/attack Becky Conto notched a game-high three draw controls and added a goal in the game, while sophomore defender April Iannetta continued her excellent play as she had three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.

An entertaining first half would see Hofstra have to battle back on multiple occasions as the Tigers led on four separate occasions in the opening stanza.

Paige Duncan opened the scoring in the game at the 19:25 mark before junior attack Julia Riemer tied the score for the first time less than four minutes later off an assist from Albright.

Altomare would score both of her goals in the first 30 minutes as she helped keep Hofstra within striking distance.

Despite outshooting Towson, 17-9, in the first half Hofstra would go into the break trailing, 4-3, as Ashley Waldron scored a free-position goal with 1:52 left to give the Tigers the halftime advantage.

The second half would see the teams combine for four goals with neither squad finding the back of the net until junior midfielder Liz Anders knotted the score at four with 15:36 left in regulation.

Albright would give Hofstra its first lead of the game with 12:11 left in the second half as she scored off an assist from senior midfielder Casey Kellogg. Roughly two minutes later, Hofstra would get a much-needed insurance goal as Conto scored an unassisted tally to make it 6-4 in favor of the Pride.

That goal proved to be the most important of the contest as Jackie LaMonica scored with 8:05 left to cut the Towson deficit to one goal, but the Hofstra defense would stand strong down the stretch to seal the victory for the Pride.

Duncan led all players with three goals in the game, while Ashleigh Rohrback chipped in with a pair of assists. Duncan also added three draw controls and Katie Leech had four ground balls to pace the Tigers.

Altomare tied Iannetta for team-high honors in ground balls with three.

Hofstra outshot Towson, 27-19, in the game, while winning seven of the 13 draw controls contested.

Kelsea Donnelly had 13 saves for Towson.


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